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.
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."
Have a wonderful week filled with tea and friendship,
Come with me as I join these tea parties:
Bernideen's Tea Time
Rose Chintz Cottage
Antiques and Teacups