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.