Grannies Apple Crisp

The parts that I love about apple crisp are: it is an amazing dessert idea, it is the easiest to make, and it is great for breakfast the next day. Haha guiltyyyy. Apple crisp, aside from pumpkin pie, is my favourite; especially this recipe. This is the ultimate apple crisp recipe; grandmas recipe. “Theeeee” cook in the family and she taught me so much while growing up, so many recipes and ways of doing things, not only in the kitchen but just in life. This recipe is definitely one little gem I’ll never forget.

Ingredients:
4 cups of apples, peeled, chopped, and cored
1/3 cup of sugar
1 tablespoon of flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of salt
3/4 cup of oatmeal flakes
3/4 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of melted butter
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda

Methods:
Combine sugar, salt, cinnamon, and flour. Sprinkle over apples.
Put apples in bottom of greased baking dish
Combine oatmeal, brown sugar and soda
Add melted butter and rub into oatmeal mixture to make crumbs
Place crumbs on top of apples, patting them down evenly
Bake at 375 for approximately 40 minutes

Done! Enjoy!

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Canned Homemade Applesauce

Applesauce is really great to have in the house for so many different reasons. I use applesauce in my baking, with different pork recipes, or just on its own. Homemade applesauce, without the added sugar and preservatives, is even better!  So my grandparents have lived in the same house for 53 years, it’s the best place for everything: grandmas cooking, having fun, building amazing memories, remembering amazing memories. That house is the heart of our family. This house shares space with an incredible apple tree which provides us with Sunset apples! So this year, my grandma gave me a massive bag of apples. So with that, you have the privilege of some awesome apple recipes in the near future and I have the privilege of making them! With this in mind, my first recipe: the applesauce. The foundation of apple recipes.

Ingredients:
5 lbs of apples
3 cups of water
( I don’t add sugar, I do afterwards, depending on the recipe)

Method:
Peel, core and roughly chop the apples.
Put all the apples in a pot, add the water, cook on medium heat, covered. Stir once in awhile and do this until the apples are mush. Using a hand-blender, blend apples.

Sterilize your jars and heat your lids in boiling water.  Add applesauce to your jars when hot and make sure to not get any on the rim of the jars. Put on your lids. Wait for them to cool to make sure they seal.

Done! Enjoy!

Dairy-Free Maple Latte

I don’t know if I’m stereotypical or just a total product of my environment but I LOVE MAPLE SYRUP. In the spring there’s the Maple Syrup Festival and in the fall there is the chilly weather which calls for maple syrup in our lattes and on our breakfast. To make it just a little healthy, I made it dairy-free; you can’t even tell the difference. Try it and I promise, you’ll enjoy it.

Ingredients:
1/3 cup of coffee
1/2 cup of almond milk, or regular
1 tbsp of maple syrup

Methods:
Put your milk a pot and heat, stop before it is boil. Use a hand blender and blend the milk until it froths.
While you do this, make your coffee.
Put your coffee in a mug, add in your maple syrup, and top with your milk. Allowing the froth to be the last thing that goes in your mug.
You can add in some cinnamon or nutmeg as well if you’d like!

Done! Enjoy!

Rustic Mustard-Sage Bites

Growing up in the largest Oktoberfest city, outside of Germany, was awesome. The family-time, the endless flow of beer, music, outfits, parades, long nights of dancing in arenas and halls, and last but not least… the food. All of these things make up an amazing two weeks in Kitchener-Waterloo. Not to mention… through this all… Thanksgiving graces us with it’s b-eau-t-i-ful face. You literally cannot go wrong if you decide to visit K-W this time of year and I suggest to anyone… go. Try it and have a blast. Because you will!

So because I was able to be apart of this amazing celebration while growing up, one of the first ingredients that come to mind this time of year is …. Oktoberfest Mustard. I could eat spoonfuls of this stuff; sweet and tangy and goes with everything. So to celebrate this amazing invention, I came up with a great appetizer or snack idea for your Oktoberfest party or Thanksgiving!

Ingredients:
Rustic baguette – I used a spelt sourdough baguette
Oktoberfest Mustard
Shaved yellow onion
Sage white cheddar cheese

Method:
Slice the baguette and put the pieces under the broiler for a few minutes.
Spread on the Oktoberfest Mustard.
Top with the onion and crumbled cheese

Done! Enjoy!

Grapefruit Infused Gin

Before summer ends!! Make up a batch and have it for the winter!!
This fabulous treat is great on ice, with club soda, or add a little simple syrup to it!!

I took a 750mL of Bombay Sapphire Gin and put it in a large mason jar.
From there, I cut up 3 grapefruits, juiced them into the gin, and put the full rinds into the jar as well.
I then put the jar in a dark cool place for 1 month.
After that, I strained the mix and put it back into a clean mason jar!

Done! Enjoy!