Maple Apple Crisp

   After a few days of being rather elaborate with spices, I thought I’d use individual spice flavour to give them each their own focus. In something like Indian curries, the complexity of different spice mixes harmonize to yield a flavour that is unique to that blend. Looking at a given spice individually requires the right volume and the right ingredients to compliment it accordingly. A simple vehicle to show the power of a spice’s flavour potential is apple crisp. I decided to make maple the predominant sweetener since its deep earthiness helps carry any spice flavour you can add to it. I start with the basic cinnamon, but any number of spices could give you a unique flavour profile. Feel free to try ground cardamom, fennel seed, nutmeg, allspice, cloves or even a small amount of black pepper or cayenne, along with the cinnamon or on their own.

MAPLE APPLE CRISP

For the Apple Base:

4 cups Walker’s Own Produce apples, cored, chopped into 2cm/1″ pieces

1/2 cup amber maple syrup

2 tsp cinnamon (feel free to reduce cinnamon to 1-1/2 tsp and add 1/2 tsp of any of the above recommended spices)

1/4 cup Gold Forest Grains spelt flour

   Preheat oven to 180C/350F.

   In a medium bowl, combine the apples, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Sprinkle with the spelt flour, work it in with your fingers and transfer to a parchment-lined baking pan (roughly 24cm/8″ x 24 cm/8″ in size) or to four individual deep dish pie pans (about 10cm/4″ diameter).

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For the Maple-Oat Crisp Topping:

3/4 cup Gold Forest Grains spelt flour

1/2 cup Gold Forest Grains regular oats

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup amber maple syrup

2 Tbsp dark brown sugar

1/2 cup softened butter

   In a medium bowl, combine the spelt flour, oats and cinnamon. Add the softened butter in small pieces.

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   Add the brown sugar and maple syrup and crumble the mixture together until uniformly combined.

   Crumble this mixture over the apple base.

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   Bake on the middle rack in the preheated oven for 25 minutes or until deeply golden. Serves 4.

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One comment

  1. colorfulcharactersclub · December 21, 2013

    YUMMMMM!

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