Like when once in a blue moon I get a manicure, and I remember how when I'd have sleepovers at my grandparents house, my Grandma would always say yes when I asked her to paint my nails. Or how whenever I see a flutter board I think of her kicking back and forth in her backyard pools in the summer.
And because it's the little things that keep memories alive, I always feel good when I dress up and wear her ring, or when I dress down and make her apple crisp.
This apple crisp is made often by all on my mom's side of the family. It's the go to dessert that's served up at Sunday family dinners and loved by all. Since her passing, my Grandpa Wayne has become the family crisp maker.
(And a darn good one at that!)
It's a very simple dish, with only 5 ingredients, but it works. To be clear, this is not an apple crumble - there are no oats, no cinnamon, nothing fancy. This is a crisp. Not a crumble. (There's another story in there somewhere about a crisp/crumble bake off years ago with a friend of the family... But I think we'll save that for another day.)
The topping is surgary, buttery goodness. It warms my belly and and my heart.
Hip, hip, Grandma - thanks for letting me share your sweetness.
Homestyle Vegan Apple Crisp
6 MacIntosh apples
1/3 cup cold vegan butter (I use Earth Balance)
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
1. Preheat the oven to 350f. Peel, core, and slice apples. Place them in the bottom of a greased 8x8 glass dish.
2. Mix together the sugar, flour and salt in a bowl. Cut in the vegan butter until it resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the mixture over the apples. It seems like a lot of topping, but trust me, use it all.
3. Place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool 10 minutes before serving.