Sunday, October 4, 2009

SMS: Apple Orchard Pecan Crumble


This week’s Sweet Melissa Sunday treat is Apple Orchard Pecan Crumble. This recipe was posted several weeks ago and I knew I was going to be out of town for a wedding this weekend. However, I decided not to make it advance. Not because I’m a procrastinator (though I am), but because I couldn’t think of anything more comforting than having a homemade apple dessert after a weekend away and this recipe seemed simple enough to throw together. I even made buttermilk ice cream earlier in the week so it would be waiting to top the ice cream. (The buttermilk ice cream recipe can be found HERE on Smitten Kitchen. It’s excellent with pretty much any dessert, particularly warm fruity ones. I highly recommend it.)



Melissa suggests using four different types of apples, which I actually ended up doing since I’m indecisive and there was a very inviting selection of apple varieties at Whole Foods – yay Fall! I reduced the sugar in the apple mixture from a whole cup to half a cup, and upped the spice content in both the filling and the crumb topping. I used a pie pan and ended up with a bunch of extra apple filling, which I will turn into applesauce tomorrow. I can smell the crumble baking now and can’t wait to have it for dessert! I will try to update my post later with photos of the finished product and a recipe rating. Many thanks to Cristine of Cooking with Cristine for selecting what I’m sure will be a wonderful dessert. You can find the recipe on Cristine’s site soon and see what the other bakers thought of the crumble via the SMS blogroll.



UPDATE: We thought the crumble was fantastic! I thought the filling to crumble ratio was perfectly proportioned, and love how you get apple and the crunchy topping in every bite. This recipe rated a 9 for Deliciousness and 2.5 for Effort, giving it an EDR of 3.6.

15 comments:

Leslie said...

Total yum! I have some leftover apples and this looks like the perfect way to use them. I hope it was enjoyed at your house!

The Bahens said...

We had a little bit of leftover filling to, and we ate it raw! It was so good!

Nina said...

The crumble part is the best! I think that was my favorite because it contrasts nicely with the apple part.

Karin said...

It looks so yummy! I was going to make mine tonight (I'm running a little behind!)... so looking forward to it.

Tracey said...

Your crumble looks fantastic! Love the idea to serve it with buttermilk ice cream. I've never tried that ice cream recipe so I'll definitely have to add it to my list :) I halved the sugar in the filling too and it was still plenty sweet. Hope you enjoy it!

notmicrowavesafe said...

I love your deep dish pie plate, and definitely agree that this would have been a great thing to come home to after a long weekend. I just baked my extra apples in a small ramekin, I wish I'd thought of making applesauce!

-Jen

thewhimsicalcupcake said...

oh your crumble looks great topped with those adorable scoops of ice cream!!

k.a.r.e.n said...

Love the ice cream on top! I did the same thing.

JoAnn Freda said...

The pecan/apple combination sounds scrumptious! I haven't had buttermilk ice cream since I had it at Rubicon's Restaurant in San Francisco 20 yrs ago but I still remember how good it was. Hint, hint for Thanksgiving.

Mrs. G said...

Looks great and I'm sure it tasted great!

Jaime said...

your crumble looks so picture perfect!

jillbert said...

That looks so delicious, especially with the ice cream. I'm sure it was fantastic!

Stephanie said...

Yum Yum yum! I agree - the crumble to apple ratio was spot on!!

lakegirl16 said...

Your crumble looks so good! We really liked this recipe. Your blog site is nice!

Sarah said...

I loved this crumble too - so much that I made it twice in one week! Your looks just perfect with the buttermilk ice cream - I've had that ice cream on my list since Deb first posted it.