Sunday, October 18, 2015

Apple Crisp with Chai Tea

The Farmers' Market is the perfect place to witness the bounties of each season.
I like starting the weekend with a visit to our local farmer's market Saturday mornings.
Apples were the choice fruit! I purchased organic Gala apples and decided to make an apple crisp with them. When choosing apples, I do buy organic due to the high levels of pesticides found in the non-organic ones. The stand was selling Gala, Fuji and MacIntosh.


I thought the Gala apples would add some natural sweetness to the crisp.

Since I made a several cobblers over the summer, I was looking for a crisp with a different crumb topping. I found a recipe online (surprisingly) from Rachael Ray's sister.


What I liked about this recipe was the graham cracker crumb topping. It was a nice change from the traditional oat one.

Here's the recipe and how I tweaked it a bit.
-I used eight small Gala apples.
-I baked the crisp in a deep dish pie plate.
-I omitted the white sugar.
-I used both the half cup of flour and a heaping cup of crushed graham crackers.
-I baked it for fifteen minutes. Took it out of the oven and poured four tablespoons of water into the crisp. Covered with foil and baked for an additional five minutes.


The Results
I really enjoyed the graham cracker topping! There needed to be more binding within the apples. Next time I will mix some flour among the apples.
Nice breakfast crisp


I like serving pies and other dishes from this decorative pie plate. It was a gift from my cousin.

When pairing teas with a specific food, I like to serve a spicy or bold tea with a sweet treat. Chai tea has so many different flavors and dimensions to it. These are my favorites in tea bag form. Twinings and Stash (not photographed because I ran out) make a bold strong chai. Good Earth Vanilla Chai is a sweet fulfilling tea and one I take to work frequently.

I am still on the hunt for a loose Chai. It's been difficult to find one that has the spicy and sweet balance that I enjoy. Please share if you have found a loose Chai you savor.


I chose a red and green teacup in honor of apple colors. I have featured these two teacups before. The cup on the left is a Royal Albert and the other one is a Ridgway. (The morning light was bright and producing shadows so I headed inside.)

"Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness."
                                                                                             ~Jane Austen


Have a wonderful week filled with tea and friendship,
Nora


15 comments:

  1. The apple crisp with Graham Cracker crust sounds very good...pinned...and thank you for the tips in making Nora! I honestly have never tried Chai tea...I must remedy this very soon! Your teacups are beautiful, and I love Royal Albert china.
    Have a great week!

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    1. There are so many different types and flavors of chai that I'm sure you will find one to your liking (after some trial and error perhaps). I visited your Google+ page and enjoyed all of your postings. I look forward to visiting again during the week. Take care, Nora

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  2. Hi Nora,
    Lovely teacups you shared with us. And thanks for your recent visit to my blog. Yes, the bird dome is a bit creepy. :)
    Gina

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  3. Hi Nora: I love the two tea cups you shared this week. The Royal Albert is one of my favorites. I have recently started to collection red transfer ware, mainly because of all the lovely cups that have been shared by everyone. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

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  4. Good Morning Nora, your tea looks so good! Apples are a favorite of mine and you have made a very healthy crisp! Your teacups are also so pretty. Have a beautiful and peace filled week.

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  5. Awesome! I love all the fall colors and flavors. I have Chai today too! Love your pie dish and your teacups are a perfect foil for the apples. I can almost smell the lovely spicy pir aroma now! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  6. Hi Nora,
    Your apple crisp sounds perfect for a fall day. Gala apples are so yummy! Your two teacups are very lovely today. I haven't tried chai tea. I ususally drink orange pekoe, green tea or jasmine. I must get more adventuresome! Happy Tea Day! Karen

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  7. Hi Nora,
    Your apple crisp sounds perfect for a fall day. Gala apples are so yummy! Your two teacups are very lovely today. I haven't tried chai tea. I ususally drink orange pekoe, green tea or jasmine. I must get more adventuresome! Happy Tea Day! Karen

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  8. Your apple crisp looks applicious, Nora!!! Both of your teacups are so pretty, as is your pretty dish from your cousin.
    I have found a good,loose chai tea and it's from Adagio teas, which I buy online. It is called Masala Chai. You can buy sample packages from adagio.com, which is nice to see if you like them. Also, the shipping is so reasonable, and it comes so quickly. I hope you try it and find some other flavors, too.

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  9. Nora: It's Apple Season for sure and your Crisp looks delightful. I love the smell in the kitchen when apples are in the oven. So glad you shared your cups and saucers too as they are lovely!

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  10. Your apple crisp is the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea. I hope you find the perfect combination of sweet and spicy loose Chai tea!

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  11. Hi Nora,
    Your apple crisp looks wonderful and my favourite tea is Chai. Love your pretty teacups, especially the red one. I have such a fondness for red transferware! Have a beautiful day.

    Autumn blessings,
    Sandi

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  12. I love the idea of Apple Crisp paired with Chai tea, I will be doing that soon! Thank you for sharing the recipe. I've not used graham cracker crumbs in a crisp before. Can't wait to try it!

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  13. Oh I love a good apple crisp with ice cream on the side and yours looks scrumptious. Great recipe.

    Happy autumn,

    Janet

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Thank you for visiting my blog today. I really look forward to reading your comments. Have a nice day! ~Nora