Apple Crisp for Two spiced with Garam Masala

You may have seen my apple butter recipe, now welcome to another desperate attempt to use up all the apples that have taken up residence in my kitchen.

“Rooooooooss!!!,” I bellowed.
“What?!,” he crankily replied.
“You want apple crisp tonight? I need to use up some apples, plus I need some fodder for the blog.”

I’m sure he would much rather be eating some chocolatey confection, but my lovely little crisp did go over well. I sized down a standard recipe to serve two (that is how many people live in my apartment after all, unless you include Franklin). To mix it up, I sprinkled in a little garam masala (an Indian spice blend typically consisting of black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cardamom, etc.). It adds a nice warm background flavor that really complements the apples. But… If you don’t have any on hand, toss in any spices you like.

It might not please Jacques Torres, but I find it to be a comforting desert that tastes like Thanksgiving, but with a week night’s effort.

Apple Crisp for Two spiced with Garam Masala


2 apples (peeled, cored and cut into 1/4″ wedges)
3 tbsp. whole wheat flour
3 tbsp. oatmeal
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. maple syrup
2 tbsp. Earth Balance (or butter or other butter substitute)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon (divided in 2)
Dashes of nutmeg, garam masala and salt

1.) Preheat the oven to 350*
2.) Toss the apples with 1/4 tsp. of cinnamon. Place in a small oven safe dish.
3.) In another bowl, combine the flour, oats, spices and brown sugar. Mix in the butter and maple syrup (I used my fingers) until well combined and crumbly.
4.) Top the apples with the crumb mixture.
5.) Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the topping is brown and the apples are soft.

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Salt = sodium = bad. Sweet = calories = bad. Well, isn't that just a bleak outlook. I firmly believe that without salt and without sweet we all just live in a world of lettuce. Plain lettuce. Fun? No. This blog is about life. Namely, my life. But, not that specific. I myself am simply not that interesting. I live an ordinary life, work an ordinary job and do ordinary things. But... life is all about experiencing that feeling you get when you really, really like something. If you don't feel a little warm in your heart when you walk into a farmer's market or try on a piece of beautiful clothing that fits you perfectly (that just so happens to be a great deal!) then you should probably keep on a' movin' from my little plot of internet. Sweeter salt is my metaphor for the good things in life, sprinkled over everything in moderation. Banana? Kinda boring. Banana smoothie - yum! White tank top? Yawn. Statement necklace layered over said tank - now we're talking! I live in Portland, Maine. I love cooking, eating out, riding my bike and approachable fashion. This blog does not chronicle my every waking moment. This is because you will probably not be entertained by the 10th day in a row that I eat the exact same salad for lunch. It does chronicle a healthy, active, fun-filled, colorful lifestyle, in Portland and beyond. It also covers dogs. Cute ones mostly.
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5 Responses to Apple Crisp for Two spiced with Garam Masala

  1. Morgan_Lua says:

    You’re kind of a jerk for posting this. And I mean that in the best way possible.

    I want some now. I wanted some yesterday but I didn’t know it yet. I will want some tomorrow.

  2. Jemina says:

    Looks so delicious, your man is lucky to have you babe, he he he


  3. Joanne says:

    Not only do I ALWAYS have garam masala on hand, but I adore apples. Great dessert.

  4. cayce says:

    you are welcome to come cook for me anytime you wish…
    i could obviously learn a thing or two from you! i am going to try one of your recipes one of these days [my lack of culinary skills leave a lot to be desired.] however, i can make a pretty mean green bean casserole! :)

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