October 7, 2010

Recipe of the week: Dee's mom's Apple crumble pie

It's apples time in Quebec!! Not that I mind, of course. I actually love apples: Apple pie, Apple cider (mmm), apple juice and of course......APPLE CRUMBLE PIE!! I never knew how to make it though :( Furthermore, I am blessed to have friends of all nationalities, and one of my best friends, Andreanne aka Dee, is Canadian. A couple of years ago, I went to her house and her mom made a KILLER apple crumble pie (amongst other things, she is a great cook...her daughter also ;) ) and gave me the recipe! It's very easy to make and is delicious!!

The trick to remember this recipe is 1-1-1-1/2. You'll see why!!

You'll need:
-1 cup of flour
-1 cup of oats (the Quaker quick oats work well)
-1 cup of brown sugar
-1/2 cup of melted butter
-5-6 apples (which ever ones you prefer! I like to use green apples)
-Some lemon juice
-A large baking dish

For the sauce:
-1 cup of sugar
-1 cup of water
-2 tablespoons of corn starch
-1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

-Turn the oven on 350 F. 
-In a large bowl, mix the flour, oats, brown sugar and melted butter. Mix until everything is well blended and homogeneous. Put aside.
-In a small pan, add the water, sugar, corn starch and vanilla extract for the sauce. Mix everything WITHOUT TURNING THE STOVE ON!! This is very important! The corn starch will only mix well with cold liquids. When everything is well mixed and homogeneous, turn the stove between medium and maximum, and let it slowly boil. You will notice the sauce thicken very quickly! Once you get a gravy-like, turn off the stove and set aside.
-Cut the apples and put the pieces in a large baking dish. Cover with some lemon juice to avoid browning. 
-Cover the apples with the sauce, then with the oat/flour mixture.
-Put in the oven for about 40-45 minutes.
-ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Can also be served with ice cream, just like in restaurants!)

P.S. When I make it, I make A LOT!! It can last up to a week if you refrigerate it. You can just cut out a piece and put it in the microwave for about a minute, or you can eat it cold. 

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