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Yesterday, out of nowhere, I threw apple slices in a pot and dumped cinnamon on top and stirred and stewed until the apples became limp and fragrant. Apple crumble pie recipe with oats I ate the apples right out of the pot while willing the tree across the street to turn red.

I’ve always know that I am a seasons person, that I’d never be able to settle in Los Angeles or Austin, that I need the gentle rhythm of leaves growing and greening, changing and falling. The best apple crumble pie recipe ever I thought when I moved to Zurich that I would be swept up in similar New England style rhythms, but no, seasons here ping pong back and forth leaving you lost in July as to whether you need socks or sandals (never the two together please). Best apple pie recipe with crumble topping Take the weather today for example; it is cold and grey, but it’s only the fourth day of September.


Apple pie with oatmeal crumb topping recipe I am sitting here in my long sweater and red and white-stripped wool camping socks and the view out the window confirms that I’m not the only one who has dipped into their winter wardrobe. Crumb apple pie recipe from scratch I love fall, but I’m not ready for it yet. Crumb apple pie recipes with fresh apples It needs to happen slowly and subtly. Apple crumble pie recipe The crisp air needs to sneak up on me breezily, until it wraps itself around me and I reach for a scarf.

I’m pretty sure fall is tied up in my DNA: I was born at 10pm the night summer officially gives way to fall, I met Zach in the fall of 1999, we met again in the fall of 2002, we started dating a fall after that, we got engaged in the fall of 2009, Zach moved to Zurich in the fall of 2010 and I followed (legally) one fall later. Best crumb apple pie recipe ever Our lives are weighted towards the fall, things happen in the fall.

Unsure of the answer I baked a plum crumble. Apple pie recipe crumb topping The inspiration for this dessert and it’s high crumb topping comes from the apple crisp at Deerfield, my high school in Western Massachusetts, where I witnessed three obnoxiously resplendent transitions from late summer into fall. The best apple pie recipe with crumb topping I could write an entire blog about life at boarding school, but for the purposes of this post, just to set the scene, you should know that meals were a formal sit down affair, with assigned tables and teachers at each table. Apple crumble pie recipe martha stewart The dinning room with it’s soaring ceilings, big bay windows and rows of circular tables was well suited to these please-pass-the-peas meals. Crumb top apple pie recipe And peas there were, peas and any other meat and gravy concoction that could possibly fit in a casserole dish. Crumb top apple pie recipe easy The heavy meals were capped off with equally heavy desserts to the tune of German chocolate cake, banana cream pie, heath bar brownies and my favorite, apple crisp.

Until I went to Deerfield I only knew crisp of a weepy variety with soggy crumb that had surrendered its crispy buttery goodness to the sired call of the bubbling apple juices below. Homemade apple crumb pie recipe The crisp at Deerfield was another crisp all together. Dutch apple pie crumble topping recipe Really it should be called a crumble. French apple pie recipe with crumb topping It was lofty; the crumb sat high and poised on top of the syrupy apples in a ratio close to 1:1, each apple guaranteed a hunk of crumb. Homemade apple pie recipe with crumb topping The crumb was a subtle play of textures, soft and warm on the inside and crunchy like an oatmeal cookie on the outside and around the edges. Crumb topping for apple pie recipe I use to watch the teacher serving the crisp and then watch the bowls going around to make sure that everyone, but especially me, was given their fair share of crumb topping.

When I asked Zach if he liked the apple crisp at Deerfield he said yes but admitted to liking the coconut cream pie better. Apple pie recipe with crumb topping That’s right, we went to high school together. Easy dutch apple crumb pie recipe I wonder if we ever shared a pie plate or a crisp dish. Best apple pie recipe crumb topping It’s all part of our story, but we weren’t really friends in high school, just acquaintances by way of being in the same English class junior year. Apple crumb pie recipe food network He had longer hair then, red and wavy and split in two with tendrils going off in different directions. Best apple crumble recipe ever The red on his head played well against his stripped tie-plaid shirt combinations, or was it plaid tie-stripped shirts? I can’t remember, and honestly I’d rather not remember what I was wearing; it was probably in the pastel hue of things, likely obnoxious and definitely nothing I’d want to admit to wearing these days. Easy apple pie recipe with crumb topping It’s c-r-a-z-y to think that there we were, Zach with his patterns and me with my pastels, eating crisp together with no idea what was coming next.

Anyway back to the crisp. Best homemade apple crumb pie recipe But what about the apples, you ask. Apple pie with crumb crust recipe I love apples, I adore them, I buy them in 2kg sacks, I slice them up and eat them plain or stew them with cinnamon, but apple crumble, that is a dessert so tightly tied to fall in New England that I wasn’t sure I could transplant it across the Atlantic, especially this early in the season. Recipe for crumb topping for apple pie And besides, I want to make something that seeped Swiss fall, so I chose plums. French apple pie crumb topping recipe The range of plum varieties at the market here is incredible: there are the purple footballshaped Italian Prune plums, the mini marigold Mirabellen, the surprisingly sweet squash-ball sized green Reine Claudes, and the palm sized red, rose and violet plums with varying flesh colors. Dutch apple pie crumb topping recipe Sliced in half and stirred with a touch of sugar and cassis these plums make for an amazingly sweet and gooey foundation for the crumble.

The crumble was adapted from Heidi Swanson’s recipe. Crumb topping recipe for apple pie I used gluten free oat flour instead of the whole wheat flour to ensure a gluten free dessert for our friend Jess who came to dinner. Cranberry apple crumble pie recipe I thought the flavor of the oat flour made the topping extra soft and cookie-like.

Slice the plums in half and remove the pits. Recipe for apple pie crumble Depending on the size of your fruit you might want to quarter the slices, up to you – it will all collapse into syrupy goodness in the end. Best recipe for apple crumb pie In a large bowl gently toss the plums with the sugar, cassis and corn starch. Crumb crust recipe for apple pie Spoon into your baking dish.

In a separate bowl mix the oats, oat flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Crumb topped apple slab pie recipe Add in the butter and stir with a fork to incorporate it. Recipe for apple pie with crumb topping Do the same with the yogurt, until you have a thick dough-like batter. Recipe for dutch apple pie with crumb topping Scoop the crumb on to the plums.

I love fall too–but since we live in California, I never get it. Dutch apple pie with crumb topping recipe Boo! Of course, a delicious crumble like this goes a long way toward assuaging seasonal ennui. Recipe for dutch apple pie crumb topping 🙂 Reply Delete

Ah, Talley, I can’t resist a story that’s full of happy coincidences and retrospective reflections on what was yet to come! Thank you for sharing.

And that mountain of crumble looks mighty inviting. Caramel apple pie recipe with crumb topping I think that I’ll have to bake one soon. Dutch apple pie recipe with crumb topping It still feels like August here though, so I might have to wait a couple of weeks. Fresh apple pie recipe with crumb topping Reply Delete

it was fun to share because often even I forget that we met in high school. Recipe for crumb topping apple pie It feels like so long ago; it was so long ago! yikes.

Enjoy the sun and warmth while you have them, because once they’re gone you’ll want them back. Best crumb top apple pie recipe Perhaps some plum ice cream? Delete

Talley this is my favorite post of yours yet! It was so, so nice to read. Recipe for apple pie crumb topping For one, you went to a boarding school?! Part of me is wishing you had another blog just to talk about that. Dutch apple pie with crumb topping recipes I was one of those West coast girls that grew up watching Dead Poets Society and reading Fitzgerald books, wishing I could go to some prep school in New England. Recipe for crumb topping on apple pie Lucky you. Recipe apple pie crumb topping I hope you feature Deerfield again sometime here. Apple pie crumb topping recipe Oh, and I have to say, I love that you and Zach met in high school. Apple pie crumb topping recipe best That made me irrationally happy, I think.

And I love this crisp. French apple crumb pie recipe I’m like you, and think it’s a bit too early for apple crisp. Best apple crumb pie recipe I’m not quite ready for it. Apple pie with crumb topping recipe But I did like what you wrote about fall… Homemade apple pie with crumb topping recipe I hope things always keep on happening. Caramel apple pie recipe crumb top Anyway, I love the way you described this crisp, but I might have to save it to top apples. Best apple pie with crumb topping recipe As a result of growing up with plum trees in the backyard where the plums were always way too ripe and we had always had way too many of them, I’ve developed an aversion to them. Caramel apple pie with crumb topping recipe Maybe I can try and finally get a taste of East Coast boarding school, then, when I make the real Deerfield-version crisp with apples! Reply Delete

haha, I love your romantic notion of boarding school, too funny. Caramel apple pie crumb topping recipe I’ll try and dig up some memories to share here. Apple crumb pie recipe with oatmeal It feels like a long time ago -all those rules, all that work, all that pastel!

Apples will of course be delicious and I fully appreciate you waiting. Apple crumb pie recipes with fresh apples No need to rush it with plums if plums just don’t do it for you anymore. Recipe for apple crumb pie topping Don’t you have a cherry tree too? Amazing! You can dream about boarding school and I’ll dream about your backyard. Recipe for apple crumb pie Delete

We are definitely riding the same wave right now, and what a nice and tasty wave it is! But it’s definitely not a wave to ride in a bathing suit, no, this is more of a scarf and slippers, tea and oatmeal type of wave, and I’m loving it. Easy dutch apple pie topping recipe Oy! the pastel! I’ll try and dig up some chartreuse and bubblegum pink memories for you and Amy. Easy apple pie crisp recipe Delete

I saw this and needed to make a crumble immediately! All I had were apples, but the topping is fabulous.

Thanks for the pictures of the lovely Mirabellen. Apple pie crumble recipe oats I grew up eating them and always miss them around this time of year. Apple crumble pie recipe jamie oliver Reply Delete

Mmm, fall at boarding school. Apple crumble pie recipe nigella I went to Andover, and am also with someone from my high school days, although, like you, we were never together in high school. Easy apple crisp pie recipe My (much younger) little brother is actually going through orientation today, and it’s brought on a whole flood of nostalgia. Easy caramel apple crumble pie recipe Crumble looks delicious, I can’t wait to get started on my fall baking! Reply Delete

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