It’s Election Day and, can I just say, that this election is more frightening than Halloween? I don’t know how the rest of the country is coping, but my fingers are crossed for a miracle. This is the year for miracles, it seems. At least in this house. So far this year we’ve moved to a new house, gotten married (yay!), had a spectacular honeymoon directly in the path of (but were unaffected by) Hurricane Matthew, and I have been able to dedicate myself (almost 100%) toward my art. A truly miraculous year, indeed. Now just one more, God, please….
Today is tense. The vibe is anxious. Outside, it’s unseasonably warm for November. Gorgeous, yes, but my cynical side wonders if we are just moving closer to hell. I guess we’ll know in a few hours. Ballots are being counted.
Needless to say, amidst the anticipation, I need some comfort food. Apple pie offers some solid comfort, but I’m aiming for easy. Sweet, slightly salty, with a crumble top. Apple crumble!
Apple crumble is my absolute go-to dessert. In fact, until now I’ve never written down the recipe – I’ve been winging it for years. This time I’ve measured everything so we can share the comfort like a warm blanket. We’re in this together!
As I write this, my crumble is in the oven. The house is slowly filling with cinnamon-apple goodness. I feel better already. It’s going to be okay.
- 5 apples (my favorites are honey crisp)
- 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 3/4 all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans, halves and pieces (optional)
- 6 tbsp. chilled butter (1 tbsp. to prep pie dish; 5 tbsp. for crumble)
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
Peel the apples and cut them into medium to thin slices.
Put all of the slices in a bowl with 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 tsp sea salt and 1/2 cup water. Mix together until all the apple slices are coated.
Butter a standard pie dish and pour the apple-mix in.
In a separate bowl, mix 3/4 cup flour, 3/4 cup sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Cube the butter and add to the mix. Kind reminder: take off your rings!
Mix the ingredients with your hands to create the crumble. Use your fingertips first until the butter is incorporated and the mix resembles rough bread crumbs. Next, squeeze your ingredients together by the handful until it clumps in your hand, then release. You want it lumpy. Clumpy. Crumbly.
Nuts are optional. If you like them, add 1/2 cup nuts to the crumble and “squeeze them in” until they are incorporated, too.
Gently sprinkle the crumble atop the apples evenly. Use the squeeze and release method to keep your crumble crumbly. I’m sure these are the technical terms la Cordon Bleu uses, right?
Bake at 375 for 35 minutes or until top is golden.
Enjoy! And remember… no matter who wins, it’s really the small, seemingly insignificant moments between us – the people – that determines the nature and character of who we are.