Sunday, September 27, 2009

Farmer's Market Challenge: local apple crisp

Almost any farmer's market in the northeast this weekend will most assuredly be selling local apples. We have a great pick-our-own orchard down the road, but I haven't been yet although I am planning on going soon. And when I do I will definitely be making many many pies and, even better: apple crisp!!

To finish up my weekend of Squirrel Queen's Farmer's Market Challenge I bring you another cane sugar-free sweet recipe, this time adapted from Carrie Davis' The Naturally Sweet Baker. (To see yesterday's Honey Cornmeal Muffin recipe, and why I bake without processed cane sugar click here).

Apple Crisp (with no cane sugar!), adapted from The Naturally Sweet Baker by Carrie Davis
Fruit Filling:
6 large baking apples (I use granny smiths or galas or whatever the market has)
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 unsweetened apple juice
1 tbsp unsalted butter

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/4 cup brown rice syrup
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. Butter a 1 quart shallow baking dish.
Peel, core, and slice the apples into 1/4 inch thick wedges and put in large bowl. Toss the apples with cornstarch and cinnamon. Put the apples in the prepared baking dish. Pour in the juice and dot with 1 tablespoon of butter.

In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, flour, baking soda and salt.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Remove from heat. Stir in the brown rice syrup and vanilla in to the butter. Pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until blended. Spoon batter evenly over the apples.

Bake about 50 minutes. The juices from the apples should be bubbling. If the top begins to brown before the apples are done cover the dish with aluminum foil pierced with a fork to let the steam escape.



  1. I think I'm going to use this recipe for my daughter's bridal shower next weekend. The wedding has a fall theme and this sound delicious.

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  3. RT: I do hope you make the apple crisp for the shower! And have fun! It might not taste as sweet to your guests as first, but not having all that brown sugar in there is so much better for them.

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  4. Where do you find the brown rice syrup? The recipe sounds really good. I am going to our apple festival next week and will be picking up a variety of apples. I want to try this recipe.

  5. That sounds so good. I was at our market yesterday and picked up apples and local honey. Our area produces lots of apples of all varieties.

    Like Rae, where do you find the brown rice syrup? I want to try it too, I will get more apples next weekend.

    Thanks for adding this post to the challenge, it is great.


  6. Rae and SQ: I get my brown rice syrup at my local organic food store. Places like Whole Foods will have it too, usually in the baking aisle right with the other sugars. A little advice: make a bit of extra topping, you won't be sad that you did, it's the best part :)

    I hope it turns out well and you don't miss the brown sugar. I've made this for many family gatherings and everyone always likes it.


  7. Thank you Kate for posting a photo of apples on the tree, I haven't seen them in trees, of course we don't grow that here, so I seldom see them still hanging on trees. It looks very fresh and crunchy.


  8. AL: it is so good to see you back! I love waking up to comments from you in the morning since it's late in the day by that time on your side of the earth :)

    I'm planning on bringing visitors from Texas apple picking next week. I will be sure to take many photos of apples growing on trees since I borrowed this photo from the internet!

  9. can i bring some vanilla ice cream?

  10. deborah: I have been known to travel very very far for ice cream :)

  11. Hi Kate,
    I just came over to check on the brown rice syrup. I'm sure it's on the shelf and I just haven't noticed it before.

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  13. Hmmmm. Apple crisp. Reminds me of when I was a kid. My sister makes a mean apple crisp. I will have to use this recipe and give her some. Thanks.


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