Freezing Apples, Crisp & a Happy Picture

Organic apples were on sale at our local market last week for $1 a pound. I bought 6 pounds of them and froze them for baking. They can be frozen whole but it’s a pain to peel and core them frozen or defrosted. I peel, core and slice them first, then freeze them. They aren’t good raw once they’re frozen but they are great cooked. The only thing is, they give out more liquid than the fresh ones would. I counteract that by adding arrowroot flour to the apples so the juice thickens up instead of being watery. Corn starch is another option but I prefer arrowroot. I use it to thicken gravy too.
The apples in the freezer came in handy today when my daughter called to say she was dropping by this afternoon for a quick visit. I filled an 8×8 baking dish with a mixture of frozen apples, 2T of arrowroot, 1/8 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Then I made a quick, standard crisp topping -3/4 cup brown sugar combined with 3/4 cup flour and 2t cinnamon. Add 1/2 cup butter. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients (like making pie crust) until everything is mixed together and crumbly. Scatter this over the apples and bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes or until the apples are tender. *This topping is delicious with pears and peaches too!
By the time my daughter got here, the kitchen smelled like cinnamon and apples. I made some tea and showed her the picture I finished for the nursery I’m planning upstairs. We had the apple crisp warm and I whipped up a little cream to top it off.

42 thoughts on “Freezing Apples, Crisp & a Happy Picture

  1. Excellent tip about the apples – I love apple crisp – I do a similar recipe but throw some uncooked oatmeal into the crumble mix. And I LOVE the picture! It’s a “Cynthia for kids.” I think the giraffe is off to chase down the little girl’s balloon & return it to her.

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  2. Cynthia,
    I was leaving a reply but I don’t know what happened to it. I wanted to tell you what your picture says to me. Sometimes, during life, one sees something absolutely extraordinary and no one else has the opportunity to see it. It is like a gift one receives. There are hundreds of windows where many people could see the giraffe riding by on the bicycle, but only the little girl is present to see the sight. Love it! And, you art is, indeed, happy.

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  3. I love the way you see things, Ginene. What you say is so true! I really appreciate that you take the time to share it , too.
    The empty windows were intentional but I like the way you seem them better than why I put them there. Thank you


  4. I really like you just from reading your blog. But it’s not always easy – you are too talented!!! I’m jealous!! I absolutely love your painting – fresh, original, sweet, fun, and sassy, all at once. And I’ve printed out your recipe. I’m not a huge apple fan, but many in my family are. It’s worth it to bake just for the smells, and my guy will put a gold crown with diamonds on my head for that dessert. 🙂


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