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06 May 2002 @ 10:47 pm
reducing the eec fruit mountain  
I'm extremely pleased with this batch of apple brown betty. The bread this time was the leftover heel of my raisin-cinnamon bread, which is another dense and slightly sweet bread like the oat bread I used the first time, about 2 1/2 cups once I processed it to fine crumbs. The crumb was a little dry and flavorless last time, so I took half the cup of brown sugar and mixed it in with the crumb instead of mixing it all with the apples. I considered adding a teaspoon full of ginger too, but I was already changing a couple of things so I decided to wait. Reduced the amount of melted butter to 4 tablespoons, tossed that with the crumbs, and then added a couple of tablespoons of water.

4 apples, the rathered elderly leftovers from the fuji and a couple of anonymous green apples I found in the kitchen hanging basket, peeled, cored, sliced, and mixed with the rest of the cup of sugar, the juice of half a lemon, and a teaspoon of cinnamon. I put down about a cup of crumbs to be the base in a buttered 2 quart casserole, and then layered the apples and crumbs, ending with a crumb topping. Cooked it for 40 minutes covered at 375, and then 5 minutes uncovered to crisp the top a bit. Came out delicious. I think it may still be a trifle too sweet, with the non-tart apples, so next time I may try 3/4 cup sugar.

This is the kind of cooking that pleases me best, there's something tremendously satisfying about taking some wizened apples and stale bread and turning them into something delicious instead of throwing them out.

The giant assortment of fruit in the house has been reduced to a few plums and pears in the fruit bowl and a dozen grapefruit. I sliced and froze the strawberries, so we can make smoothies, and everything else got eaten. Now I just need to come up with something to do with grapefruit. If I get the energy I might make the grapefruit marmalade, but that's a messy process.
 
 
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Monicarani23 on May 7th, 2002 06:49 am (UTC)
Mmm. I think you should send it to me. :) Oh yes, yes I do. :)
Lauratavella on May 7th, 2002 03:56 pm (UTC)
Which, the brown betty or the grapefruit? Betty doesn't travel so well...