October 12, 2011

Caramel Apple Ginger Crumble for Fall {Naptime Everyday}

Caramel Apple Ginger Crumble

What’s Going on Today: Apple picking! So much fun, but soooo many apples!

Naptime Goals: Make Caramel Apple Ginger Crumble, finish up summer toy cleaning, get out mandolin for apple chips!

Tonight’s Menu: Leftover Spaghetti Pie, baked delicate squash rings

Apple picking is easy. So easy that we often pick wayyy more apples than we need. Hence, I bring them home, put my daughter down for a quick snooze, or usher her off to school, while I make several batches of apple chips, apple bread and apple snack muffins to use them all up. I even use a few to make scalloped apples that night for dinner! Every year I try to add a few new apple recipes to my repertoire to keep things interesting. Last week I decided this years new dish would be a traditional apple crumble with the additional of caramel sauce and chopped crystallized ginger. I loved the idea of giving a favorite food a new twist.

Like any dish made with apples, the longest part of this one is the peeling and slicing of the actual fruit. Luckily, my friend Nicole recently gave me this awesome apple slicer so I can now dial my slices to be as thin as I want without having the lengthy process of hand slicing. Once the slices were all set all that was left was tossing them with the spices and adding them to the pan. It was at this point I added the ginger – a solid handful – and a light drizzle of caramel sauce. After adding the topping I slipped it in the oven to bake while I went about dealing with the rest of the apples and putting summer yard toys up in the attic.

A short time later the house was filled with the luscious fall aroma of baking apples. Is there really a smell any sweeter? The crumble was bubbly and warm and I let it cool for the entire afternoon until we were ready for dessert. I added an extra lashing of caramel on top before digging in. We adored the flavor of the spicy ginger with the caramel apple filling. Sweet, spicy warm, it had all the flavors and feelings of fall. And more.

Recipe

Caramel Apple Ginger Crumble

Ingredients

Filling:

4 pounds medium apples, Fiji or Cortland preferred, peeled, halved and cored and cut into thin slices
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup chopped crystallized ginger
1/3 cup caramel sauce, divided

Topping:

2 ½ cups old-fashioned oats
1 ½ cups light brown sugar
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 375F. Butter a 13 x 9 baking dish.

2. In a large bowl toss the apple slices, lemon juice, cinnamon, ginger, caramel sauce and ¼ cup light brown sugar. Spread the filling in the bottom of the pan so that it is evenly distributed.

3. In a second large bowl mix the oats, remaining sugar and flour. Pinch the butter in with your fingers until large pebbles form. Crumble this topping evenly over the apple filling and bake for about 55 minutes or until the filling is bubbly and the topping lightly toasted.

4. Allow the crumbled to cool completely before drizzling with the remaining caramel sauce and serving.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

Ice Cream – especially vanilla, ginger or cinnamon – is the best when served with warm apple crumble!

Naptime Stopwatch

20 minutes to prepare, 1 hour to bake

Naptime Reviews

A hit with all of us and I gave a big batch to my neighbors who liked it too!