As promised, this is our adventure of cooking on a wet and rainy day.
My sister and I would solder away in the pool house, realize we needed a break from sheer frustration, and dodge the rain drops to the main house.
We were met by a cozy fire in the kitchen and the smell of Portabello Mushroom Lasagna being made.
You see, there was a new cookbook in the house by The Barefoot Contessa. YUM.
By 2 o'clock we both said, "forget soldering for now." It was way too cozy in the kitchen.
I volunteered to make the dessert and we picked out the Pear, Apple and Cranberry Crisp from the cookbook. Can you say serious yum?
Here is the recipe:
4 bosc pears
6 Macoun Apples (no idea what these are, I used Fuji)
3/4 c. Cranberries
1 tsp. each orange and lemon zest.
2Tbs. each lemon and orange juice
1/2 c. sugar
14 c. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
12 tsp. nutmeg
Cut fruit into large chunks
Put into a large bowl and add the rest of the ingredients.
Toss well to coat.
I used a nutmeg zester for the first time for the orange and the lemon. Fabulous.
It is now on my Christmas List.
Much better than using a cheese grater.
Put this mixture into a 9x12 baking dish.
11/2 c. flour
3/4 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. white sugar
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 c. old fashioned oatmeal
2 sticks cold butter, diced.( I know, I know-but it's to die for.)
Mix dry ingredients and add butter. Either cut in with a pastry blender or put into a Kitchen Aid mixer with the paddle attachment. Mix until you have large crumbs.
My sister can't eat oats, so we replaced it with a high-fiber cereal flake and it worked really, really well.
I just crunched it all up and threw it into the mix.
Pour flour mixture onto fruit and cover completely.
Place 9x12 dish on a large piece of foil or a pan to catch any drips from the cooked fruit.
Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes, or until brown on top.
I have heard from people in this household that this makes a yummy breakfast.
Or a nice afternoon snack with a cup of coffee.
It was good for dessert, too.
We threw together a salad, complete with pomegranate seeds,
lit the candles,
sat by the fire,
and ate our way through the best meal I have had in a long, long time!
If I didn't have to come home and take care of Brenna, I'm not really sure when I would have come home!!! So when I did, I made the dessert again the first night I was back.
It helped a little.