Saturday, October 2, 2010

Individual Apple Crisps with a Twist

It’s Fall here in New England, and one of my favorite things to do is go apple picking. Recently, I went with a friend and we came home with many Macintosh apples. There is nothing better than a crisp, cool fall apple as a snack in the afternoon.  Unless your snack is Apple Crisp. 

I received a sample of Tamarin from, and was so intrigued by this cookie in a jar. I honestly could eat it straight out the jar. I had to hide it until I had a chance to play with it, or it would be gone.

So, I came up with a new recipe to mix my new favorite spread with apples. I hope you enjoy.

You can multiply this recipe for however many ramekins you have. This is for 2 individual ramekins.  You may have some extra apple filling left, but it tastes great just as it is.

For the Apple filling:
2 Macintosh apples (skin on)
1 1/2 Tbsp of Brown Sugar
2 tsp Chinese Five Spice (or use a mix of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, star anise and ginger)
2 Tbsp of Tamarin spread

Cut the apples into slices and then rough chop so that there is a mixture of small pieces and medium.

Put into a medium bowl, and mix with 2 Tbsp of Tamarin spread, the 2 tsp of Five Spice and the brown sugar. As there is already flour in the spread, we do not need to add more. Have a taste. If not spiced enough, add some more. The juice from the apples will mix with the Tamarin. Yumm.  

Let sit aside so that the flavors can meld.

Next, mix the crisp topping:

¼ cup oats (I used old-fashioned Oats, but you can also use instant)
2 Tbsp Taramin Spread
1 1/2 Tbsp of Brown Sugar
2 tsp of Chinese Five Spice

Put it all together in a small bowl. I mix this with my hands so that all of the oats get covered. The mixture will be crumbly and slightly loose.

Once mixed, it’s time to assemble.  Take 2 individual sized ramekins, spray lightly with cooking oil or Pam, and fill with the apple mixture.

Then press the topping onto each, pressing down so you can get as much as possible down into the apple mixture.

Put into a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender and bubbling.

Enjoy this Fall favorite, with a new twist.

P.S. If you'd like to try Tamarin spread, go to to find their store locator or order online. :)

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