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Kitchen improv, or What to Do If the Puff Pastry Goes Bad.

When I finally had cleaned my kitchen and done all the dishes after the carpet issue and its subsequent displacement of, well, me, I woke up one morning ready to bake something. At 9 am. This is not the usual time I am at my best, but there were apples and puff pastry in the fridge, so I thought I’d make an easy apple tart.

But then the puff pastry was definitely past its prime…which I only found out after slicing the apples and tossing them in brown sugar. Oops. So instead, I made a pie-plate apple crisp. Here’s the recipe as I did it, but if I were to make it again, I’d use more of everything to make the crisp not so flat.

Ingredients:

3+ honeycrisp apples (or whatever you have on hand)
¼+ c brown sugar
pinch of salt

Crumble topping:

¼ c flour (not a heaping cup of flour, a little under ¼ c)
½ c oats
1 tsp cinnamon (or more—I only used 1 tsp because I actually ran out of cinnamon)
¼ tsp allspice
2+ tbsp butter, cut in

Slice the apples and toss them in brown sugar and salt.

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Pour the sugar-apples into a greased pie plate.

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Mix the dry ingredients of the crumble topping and then cut in the butter with two knives or pastry cutter.

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Sprinkle the butter-oat mix onto the apples.

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Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until the apples are bubbling and the crumble is golden brown and crispy.

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And then take a taste. Mmm.

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And then bring it to your people. They will totally geek out, and you will return home with an empty pie plate. :)

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