Sunday, September 23, 2012

Apple Crisp Should Be Easy

Apple Crisp is one of my favorite fall treats because it is so simple to make.  At least, it is usually simple to make.  Today I found it more difficult than normal.

I have a handy, dandy "Apple Peeler Corer Slicer" that makes peeling and slicing apples a breeze.  Sometimes my boys will help just to use the fun tool.  I love this thing.

Today I got my handy kitchen tool out from the top of the pantry and put it together.  I got the apple on nice and snug and as I was ready to twirl away until I noticed something.

The part that peels is missing.  :(

I looked in the box.  Not there.  I searched my junk drawers (yes, unfortunately, there is more than one).  Not there either.  You see the part in the picture that looks like a red duck bill?  There is supposed to be a round metal piece attached.  The round part at the end cores and slices.  It's awesome when it works.  Today, instead, I had to do the work.  I had to use a regular vegetable peeler and peel the apples the old fashioned way.  Then I had to slice it with a knife - the old fashioned way.  I decided, at this point, that just ONE Apple Crisp is enough for today.

I really like my Apple Crisp recipe.  It was my mom's recipe so it is the Apple Crisp I grew up eating.  I am not sure where she got the recipe.  Maybe after reading this she will tell me.  :)

What I love about this recipe is how simple it is.  Just sugar, flour, cinnamon, butter and apples.  Hard to mess up.  Right?


I needed 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon.  I grabbed my measuring spoon, measured for the first teaspoon of cinnamon, put it in the bowl and reached for the smaller teaspoon for the 1/2.  Guess what?  The smaller one was 1 WHOLE teaspoon.

Good grief.  What did I use then?

I used a whole TABLESPOON!  I decided that the 1/2 teaspoon might be overkill at this point so I put the measuring spoon away, sighed a bit, and finished making my mixture - extra cinnamon and all.

Here it is - all baked.  I have to say . . . it's still pretty good.  I will try to pay better attention next time though.  I also think I'll go online and see if I can get parts for my not so handy (at the moment) peeler machine.  After all, I have to redeem myself by making a proper Apple Crisp next time.  :)

After all of that, I needed a cup of tea.  The other day I enjoyed my last cup of Apple Cider Herbal Tea from Davidson's Tea.  I always find Herbal Teas a little weak for me so next time I will try 2 tea bags instead of one (when I find more).  I bet it would have been really good with my Apple Crisp.  Maybe next time.  For now, Lipton's Bavarian Wild Berry suits just fine.

This isn't the worst baking mistake I've made but it was today's mistake.  So, I'm curious.  What kind of baking mistakes have you made?  You can share it by leaving a comment below - or you can just comment about my mistake if you want.

Thanks for laughing with me today.  


  1. The recipe is as old as you are. It was our Sunday night bedtime snack after the evening church service. I love cinnamon!! I used to buy it by the bucket along with cocoa powder. Remember when you were about 12 and making brownies from scratch at Grandma's house? You mistook the cinnamon for cocoa powder (same packaging. Cinnamon brownies are good once you know what they are!

    1. I KNEW that story would come up. I remember that very well. It seems that I have issues with cinnamon quite often.

  2. When I was a child, I was baking a cake and put in too much water. It was so much that it took at least two more cake mixes to make it come out right! Mom helped me and we had lots of cake. lol -Anita McIlveen

    1. Childhood cooking memories are the best. :)

  3. I packed my wonderful apple peeler/corer thinking we would move to Harrisburg quickly.I have been peeling by hand for 2 years now. Ugh!!

  4. I remember my grandmother could peel an apple with the handheld type of peeler. When she'd finish, she'd have one single peel that was extremely LONG! (Ok, that's not a debacle, but it is a good childhood memory of baking with my dear, sweet, departed grandmother, Mary.) Regina Workman

    1. I've tried to do that and can never get it. Love the childhood memory though :)