At long last


While Ashley’s parents were visiting, we all rented a zipcar for the day and drove out to Long Island to do some apple picking. We brought back a peck: far more than we needed, but we knew we could make quick work of them with the aid of an apple crumble.
First step: peeling and coring the apples–six in total. 
We made the very decadent crumble topping from a recipe on Epicurious, and then added about 2 tsp of cinnamon, a 1/2 tsp of freshly ground nutmeg, and a 1/4 tsp of salt. 
We started off using our beloved kitchen-aid and its slicer attachment, but feared the slices were too thin and could lead to a mushy filling. (To compensate for the two different thicknesses, we microwaved the thicker apples for a few minutes to pre-cook.)
After adding some lemon juice and a few more dashes of cinnamon, we piled it all into a buttered pie dish, layering on the thick topping, and baked it at 450 for around 30 minutes. This is a bit hotter than usual, but we were hungry and impatient!

Once the crust was golden, we took it out and poured some champagne–favoring this over a proper dinner. 

One slice was followed by another… and another… 
As our self-control was clearly compromised, we brought a large slice over to our neighbors in a moment of strength. (And Ashley wanted to tell them about riding up in the elevator earlier that evening with Macaulay Culkin and Seth Green!)
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  1. It was pretty freakin' delcious, if I do say so… The topping was almost a cookie, but I wasn't complaining! Thanks, Fashion–welcome!

    Yes! They're two very petit friends, and Macaulay had to hold his pizza box over everyone's head to let us in the elevator (after it had first hit Aron when Aron jumped in)–Seth asked us our floor for the button and then (jokingly?) invited us for pizza… I was pretty excited to see what Culkin looks like now!

  2. Looks scrumptious! We went apple picking and came back with a peck and a half. Now after we've made about 5 different things and have eaten apples on our sandwiches, in our salads, we still have too much left! The trusty apple pie is up next but might I suggest baking some apple cheddar bread next? Macaulay Caulkin and Seth Green? Sounds fun!

  3. cmb

    Yum. Use the Kitchen Aid next time. The thin apple slices are perfect for pie. The uniformity means all slices are done at the same time, and it saves preparation time. What a lovely treat!

  4. I think I am going to go and make my apple pie too, lol, looks so so delicious. Never mind like I need more apples, but I love apple picking. Anna :)

  5. Wishing there were more, now…

    Thanks, CMB–we actually found the thin ones to be a bit mushier than would be our preference. Maybe it would be best for applesauce? Something requiring more than six apples?

  6. I'm impressed about the crumble but really jealous over the elevator ride. I have had the crush on Seth Green since Buffy/Idle Hands/Can't Hardly Wait.. you get the picture. ha

  7. WOW that looks fantastic. What kind of apples did you use? Macintosh are my absolute favorite. Looks like fun! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Anonymous

    loved the beautiful pics showing helpful details like a good thickness for the apple slices, and what the crumble looks like when done. thank you – you sealed the deal for me – this is the recipe i'll be using this thanksgiving. yum.- maria heng