Tuesday, February 25, 2014

SECRET INGREDIENT Apple Oatmeal Crisp - 52 Church PotLuck Desserts

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I love secret ingredients...

They are little extras that add an additional layer of flavor to a dish.  Something difficult to pick out yet adds a distinctive that sets similar dishes apart.

And that is what is happening here.  This is a basic apple crisp recipe.  You've seen and probably made this for decades.  Sliced apples, butter, brown sugar, seasonings, combined with a crumbly top.  Add some oatmeal and you have a pretty good Apple Crisp...

The secret ingredient here is a cup of white grape juice.  Something crisp, clean tasting... Something with an indistinguishable little snappy extra!

It's just an Apple Crisp recipe that people will find a little extra something something!!!

Keep scrolling down for this easy to follow recipe...

OK... Here's what I did...

Apple Oatmeal Crisp

  • 1 Cup White Grape Juice (the Secret Ingredient)
  • 1 Cup (Divided) Packed Brown Sugar
  • 3 TBS Butter, melted
  • 1-1/4 Cups (Divided) Flour
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 2 tsp (divided) Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp (divided) Nutmeg
  • 5-6 Medium to Large Apples (I used Fuji), cored and sliced
  • 1 Cup Oatmeal
  • 1 Stick (8 TBS) Butter, room temperature, cut into 16 thin slices
  • Serve with Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add Grape Juice, 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar, Melted Butter, 1/4 Cup Flour, Salt, 1 tsp Cinnamon and 1 tsp Nutmeg. Whip until smooth.
  3. Arrange the Apple Slices in a 9X9 inch square baking dish and pour the liquid over the slices.
  4. In another mixing bowl, mix 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar, 1 tsp each cinnamon and nutmeg, 1 Cup Flour, 1 Cup Oatmeal and Butter. Using your hands, dig in and mix until well combined and the mix resembles a coarse crumb like texture (the secret is to have the butter sliced and room temperature soft).
  5. Sprinkle the oatmeal mix over the apples in an even layer.
  6. Bake for 60 minutes, until apples are soft and the oatmeal has browned.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to mostly cool.
  8. Serve WARM, top with a 1/2 scoop of ice cream and ENJOY!


This recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Church PotLuck Dishes"!

A list of something NEW worthy of being shown off at a neighborhood BYODish (Bring Your Own Dish) Party, a Family special occasion dinner, Any Big Holiday Gathering or of course that glorious day when you bring a dish to share with your Church family...

Ages ago, literally almost a half century ago I was listening to our pastor talking about a PotLuck Dinner. It happened to be scheduled around a church work day when we were expected to weed, polish and do general cleaning and maintenance around the church (you know, back in the day when there were no no-wax floors and church pews smelled of Old English furniture polish). I am of course paraphrasing, but as I recall the pastor said,

"A potluck, like a church requires work. At a potluck everyone is expected to contribute.. At a church no one should come empty handed and no one should leave unfed".
I will confess that in my youth I brought more store bought plastic spoons and forks than I ever brought covered dishes and crock pots of fresh made love and caring delights. But now that I have become a hobbyist cook, I occasionally am reminded of those days and people from my youth. I reminded and I do wish that I could drop a dish of some new creation on those old tables at my fondly remembered Liberty Baptist Church.  Tables covered with newspapers and loaded with God's bounty prepared with love and caring... Enjoy


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