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Diary of a Cozy Autumn Evening

September 28, 2009

Tonight, I baked apple crumble for dinner simply for the cozy sounds and smells of it. (And tastes.)

IMG_2006(Answer: It DID taste as good as it looks.)

I didn’t plan on blogging about it, but since it turned out so friggin’ delicious, I thought I simply had to. Now this is tricky because, as anyone who had watched me cook before can attest to, I don’t like to measure anything. I really love to get my hands in it (literally) and feel out what I am making. I can feel when something will taste right, but if you  make me measure it, it screws me all up. (My system of arranging my book is that way too, oddly enough.) So basically, if you ever eat my cooking, you can guarantee my (clean) hands have been all over it. I’ve never been one for really following recipes or rules. I like to sprinkle in this, crumble in that, squish in that — food and cooking should be a symphony of all the senses, so why deprive “touch”?

Anyway, here is a rough idea of what I shall call “Apple Crumble For a Cozy Night In”

5 McIntosh apples, washed and cubed (skin on…that’s where all the yummy, yummy vitamins are)
1 tbsp. lemon juice
3 tbsp. flour
Handful (1/3 cup? 1/2 cup?) of extra caramel bits (leftover from my caramel sea-salt cookies)
Generously sprinkling of raw sugar (2 tbsp. or so)
Generous sprinkling of cinnamon
Couple gratings of fresh nutmeg
Pinch of ground ginger

Topping:
Flour, brown sugar, pinch of salt, and melted butter, mixed together till similar to a really loose pastry dough

Basically, mix together the apples with all the ingredients listed below it. Pour into a greased baking dish. Top with the flour/brown sugar/butter mixture, and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. Then ravishly consume.

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I never really make the same thing twice, because I don’t write anything down or measure anything. But it makes cooking an adventure. Make this some night when it is raining and chilly outside and excessively cozy inside.

Hmmm. Another helping, I think. And back to reading “Asher Lev.” (You should do both…bake this and read My Name is Asher Lev.)

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Amanda permalink
    September 28, 2009 8:51 pm

    Yet again, I wish I was your roomate

  2. Frank permalink
    September 28, 2009 8:58 pm

    Dessert for dinner? Oh you free spirit, you!

  3. Grandma Carr permalink
    September 30, 2009 9:26 am

    Caroline, about the apple crumble…I will imagine that we shared this together. The bonus: I didn’t have to make it and it won’t be going to my expanding hips and we had some time together. Love & hugs….Grandma

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