Rum / Raisin Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp Picture

1. Begin by soaking the raisins in the rum.

2. Make the Crisp Topping:

Place all of the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well with a pastry blender, a fork, or your hands.

3. Place the softened butter in and blend with a pastry blender, a fork or your hands until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. In reality, it'll look like coarse dog food! Set this aside while you make the filling.

4.The Filling

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

5. Butter a 9 x 13 oven proof pan (I use a 1/2 Chafer pan due to my small boat oven). Peal and core the apples, then slice thinly and place in the pan. Mix the flour with the sugar and spices, then, add to the pan. Mix well Taste the apples for tartness and add additional sugar as needed.

6. Drain the raisins, then add them plus the toasted nuts to the apple mixture. Leave the nuts and raisins on top, don't stir them in. If you stir them into the apples, they'll sink to the bottom during cooking.

Add the apple juice, then sprinkle the topping evenly across the top.

7. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 - 45 minutes, or, until you see the filling bubbling.

8. Now comes the hardest part, you've got to wait about 1/2 hour for the crisp to cool, but. It'll thicken while it cools, it's just real tough to wait after smelling how good it's going to taste.

9. I bet you were wondering what we were going to do with that left over rum. Whipped cream of course!

Beat the cream until fairly stiff, add the sugar and the 2 tablespoons of rum and continue beating until real stiff. It'll soften up a lot on the still hot apple crisp. this recipe for the whipped cream comes out "not real sweet" I like it this way because it compliments the sweetness of the crisp.

10. Now if you still have a little rum left over, add it to the coffee you're going to have with dessert. In all honesty, I would probably use a little more rum in the raisins than the recipe calls for. The rum picks up some sweetness from the raisins and works real well with the coffee.

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