Dutch Oven Apple Crisp

IMG_0246.JPG To simply say that 2015 will be a new year would be quite the understatement for the Stockton family. This past Summer/Fall/Winter has been full of all sorts of fun things, such as “Couples Whooping Cough” that lasted more than 8 weeks, a stressful summer work season for both my husband and I, and on top of all of that, the best news is that most of that occurred during my first trimester. Yes, if you do that math that means that at this moment I’m very very pregnant! 2015/01/img_1066.jpg We are so excited to be welcoming a little girl into our family in just under 5 weeks. It’s still a bit surreal and not quite hit home yet, but I know it will soon. This Christmas break was spent cleaning and organizing our small one-bedroom apartment to get ready for a third occupant, and I can’t wait to see what this next year has in store for us! I’m hoping to post more, now that life seems to have slowed down a bit, but with a new baby coming we will see how that works out.

IMG_0249.JPG One of the best things about the cold season is baked fruit. I’m pretty traditional in my preference of pies, cobbler, crumbles, and crisps, although part of that (okay a huge part of that) is just how easy it is to throw something together. And believe me, “easy” is just as important as “tastes decent” to me right now at 8 months prego.

IMG_0248.JPG All you have to do it 1) cut fruit, 2) mix some flour/oats/butter/sugar in ONE bowl 3) throw it together and bake it. And you’ll end up with one dirty dish. ONE. (okay, maybe two if you count the fork you use to mix things up with).

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IMG_0250.JPG Toss in your buttered cast iron or other baking dish: – 5-7 granny smith apples, cut. Peeled or not peeled, your preference. – 3/4 – 1 cup brown sugar, depending on how sweet you like it. – 1/2 cup flour Mix in small bowl: – 1 cup flour – 1 cup oats – 1/2 cup brown sugar – 2 tsp cinnamon – Pinch of nutmeg and/or cloves Drizzle over dry ingredients and mix: – 1/2 cup melted butter Spread the crumble on top of the apple mixture. Bake at 375* until apples are bubbly and the top is crisp and slightly brown. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. IMG_0251.JPG

What’s your favorite cold-weather comfort food?

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