Winter Wonderland

Well, Nashville had a big, beautiful, panic-inducing snow this weekend.  The campus was blanketed in fresh snow on Friday which has now turned to perilous sheet of ice and gray sludge in some parts.  However, when the snow was falling softly on Friday, I decided to make some apple crisp.  I had all the ingredients, and I needed to use all the granny smith apples I got on sale at Publix.  I’d never made it before, so I adapted a Betty Crocker recipe with some touches I found in other recipes.   It was really sweet, as apple crisp tends to be, but it was great with some vanilla ice cream and a warm, homey treat while the snow was falling.

Alumni Lawn when the snow started falling…there was a lot more to come.

4 cups of tart apples, cut in slices
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/3 cup butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbs lemon juice
2 tbs maple syrup
2 tbs spiced rum
Pinch of salt
Vanilla ice cream

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.   Toss the apples in lemon juice, maple syrup, and rum and place in a baking dish.  Cut the butter into the flour, oats, sugar, and salt until it forms small crumbles.  Pour over apples and place in the oven until topping is golden brown and apples are tender–about 30 minutes.  Let cool slightly.  Top with vanilla ice cream and serve.

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