I had my friends Devi and Rose over last week for a little celebration lunch for our friend Rose’s birthday. On a warm September Friday afternoon I thought I would keep our lunch on the lighter side and made veggie sandwiches, soup, and salad. Devi brought fresh cut fruit and fresh figs from her garden, and since my friend Rose is the queen of baking 😋👑🍪 she was assigned to bring dessert. For our humble lunch Rose brought not just one sweet treat but two! A delectable apple crisp and biscotti.
Here is a look at our simple and healthy, vegetarian lunch menu.
Rose’s Birthday Lunch Menu
Tea sandwich with tomato chutney and pepper Jack cheese
Black bean salad with yellow squash, celery and arugula
Fresh figs from Devi’s garden & fresh cut fruit
Apple Crisp & Biscotti (Rose)
Rose’s apple crisp was outstanding with the lovely aroma of apples and cinnamon. It had thinly sliced apples that were soft yet had a bite, and the topping was crunchy and delicious; really this was the best apple crisp I have had in a very long time! An added bonus is that the crisp can be prepped a day in advance and baked the next day when guests arrive. Served warm or at room temperature this is one delicious apple crisp that everyone will devour. Give this delectable dessert a try!
recipe courtesy of Rose
- 8 cups thinly sliced apples (5 large Fuji apples or any of your choice)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbs[ all purpose flour
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp calvados (optional)
- FOR TOPPING:
- 1 cup regular rolled oats
- 3/4 cup flour
- 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter cut into small chunks
- 3/4 cup chopped pecans, walnuts or sliced almonds
- Mix apples with granulated sugar, calvados, lemon juice, 2 tbsp flour and cinnamon. Transfer apples to a 9-inch baking dish or 2 qt casserole dish.
- In a separate bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, butter and 3/4 c flour. Rub with your fingers until butter pieces are no longer distinguishable. Stir in chopped nuts. Sprinkle topping evenly over apples.
- Bake in a preheated 350 degrees oven until apples are tender when pierced and topping is golden brown, about 45 min – 1 hr. If topping browns first, drape with foil.
- Spoon apple crisp, warm or cool, into bowls and top with ice cream or whipped cream if desired.