In the past few days, the city has been covered in a thick blanket of fog. It was sort of my idea of the Pacific Northwest when I considered moving here; I imagined long rejuvenating walks in the woods on foggy misty mornings before the city wakes.
Where I come from, the mist from the morning fog is believed to have restorative properties; the fresh dewy smell always reminds me of early morning walks with my grandmother when I was little. I guess that explains the yearning to go out in the fogâ€¦
Last night, just before dark, I went for a walk along the seawall. The quiet, the fog, the dusk and the reflection of the city lights on the water made for a hauntingly beautiful scene, I walked for bit, and just like that, all was well with the world again,
I went back home feeling like myself again, ready for dessert, craving something soothing, warm, sweet and light… to go with my mood.
I thought about this apple crisp, I usually make it in the summer from big shipment of Envy apples from New Zealand, but this weekend I found some fragrant crisp sweet BC apples on sale at the market and I couldnâ€™t pass up.
This crisp is awesome with ice cream, but on nights like these, this light creamy custard does the trick.
To make Birdâ€™s Custard Sauce: Mix the 2 tablespoons Custard Powder and 1/4 cup sugar with a small amount of milk (from 2 cups of milk) to form a smooth paste. Bring the rest of the milk to the boil in a non-stick saucepan on medium heat. Gently whisk / stir the custard paste into the boiling milk. Bring back to the boil; stir until the custard begins to thicken. Add more milk if you prefer your custard thinner.
Apple Crisp with Custard Sauce
Adapted from 101 Cookbooksâ€™ Plum and Peach Crisp recipe
- 2 pounds apples, cut into bite-size chunks (choose a sweet, firm, crisp apple like Fuji, Ambrosia or Sunrise â€“ peeled, if preferred)
- 1/4 cup natural cane sugar (I used turbinado sugar)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Birdâ€™s Custard Powder (or arrowroot powder / cornstarch)
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 old fashioned rolled oats
- 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour (or all-purpose flour, or buckwheat flour for gluten-free option)
- 1/3 cup natural cane sugar
- 1/2 cup pistachios, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
- Pinch of salt
- 1/3 cup butter, melted
- 1/3 cup yoghurt (I used coconut yoghurt for dairy-free option)
- Preheat oven to 350Â°F, and grease a medium-sized deep baking dish with butter
- Put the chopped apples in a medium bowl
- In a separate small bowl, whisk the sugar with the custard powder and a pinch of salt, sprinkle over fruit and toss gently
- Add vanilla extract and toss again to mix
- Transfer apples to the baking dish and set aside
- Grab a medium bowl and combine oats, flour, sugar, pistachios, cinnamon, cardamom and salt
- Stir in butter and yoghurt and mix well, to get a dough-like texture
- Sprinkle the crumble mixture over apple mixture
- Bake for 20 â€“ 25, or until the topping is golden
- Sprinkle a bit more sugar on top as it comes out of the oven
- Serve warm with custard