Apples and Peanut Butter
Since starting my diet about a month ago my go-to snack attack plan has involved an apple cut into eighths and a tablespoon of creamy peanut butter. Seriously delicious, simple, and filing when what I’d really like is to whip up a double chocolate cake with dark chocolate ganache filling and a chocolate buttercream frosting…but…wait…what was I talking about again?
Oh yeah right, apples and chocolate peanut butter. So with it being apple season, I usually whip up a couple of batches of apple crisp for freezing and consumption during the month of September and October. Only one problem: I actually hate apple crisp! GASP! I’ve always found it waaaay too sweet with not enough texture for my liking. When I came across THIS post in the friday blog hops it struck me, and inspired me. I knew the butterscotch wasn’t for me but I though about PEANUT BUTTER! I thought perhaps of putting big dollops of the good stuff on top of the topping before baking but I was worried that it would just add to the mushy texture. Luckily I had about 1/2 a bag of peanut butter chocolate chips in my cupboard so I decided to give it at try.
At this point the original recipe calls to bake for 20 minutes before putting the topping on. Next time, I’ll skip this step as I think the cook time was a bit too long for the mushiness that I want to avoid.
Put the butter mixture on top and then throw it back into the oven. Here, I was super worried about the pb chips melting so instead of baking for whatever the original called for I put it in the oven @ 425 for only 20 minutes. Next time, as I said above I’ll skip the first baking and only do one run in the oven for about 30ish minutes paying careful attention after 20 minutes not to overcook the apples. I really REALLY hate mushy apples.
Here’s a closer look:
I have to say, that I loved the peanut butter. It was still rather sweet for my taste so I’ll cut back the sugar next time but S. Geek thought it was the best apple crisp I had ever made. Which was nice to hear since I’ve been making them for 10 years now and haven’t ever been able to have more than a bite or two before deeming it ‘not for me.’
There will be a few more of these coming next week bound for the freezer. We’re going apple picking on Saturday morning so it’s going to be all apple all the time over here.
Peanut Butter Apple Crisp
4 tart cooking apples tossed with:
1/4 cup flour, 1/4 dark brown sugar, a couple teaspoons of cinnamon.
scatter about 5oz of peanut butter chips on top and then bake (or not) for 20 minutes @ 350
1/2 c. flour, 1/4 c. dark brown sugar, 1/2 c. oats, dash or two of cinnamon
3 tablespoons of cold butter
Spread the butter mixture on top and bake at 425 degrees for about 20 (or more) minutes until desired apple texture and tenderness is achieved.
Grey’s is starting in about 4.5 seconds so I’m going to cut it short and bid you adieu!
Have a fab weekend pets!!