Plum Apple Ginger Crisp

 

Fruit crisps are one of my favorite desserts.  They’re so easy to make and I always seem to have the ingredients on hand. I had some long time friends over for dinner the other night and needed to whip up a dessert.  I had a few plums and apples in the fridge, which is always a great combination.  I had some ginger root too so I decided to add that to liven up this classic dish.

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Nom. nom. nom.

 

Filling:

3 plums (remove pit and slice into small pieces)

1 apple  (peeled and grated)

2 TB sugar

2 TB flour

1 tsp fresh grated ginger

Topping:

3/4 c. all purpose flour

1/3 c. old fashioned rolled oats

1/4 c. sugar

1/4 c. brown sugar

1/4 c. chopped walnuts (optional)

dash of salt

1/2 stick of butter (cold and cut into small pieces)

 

Preheat oven to 375.  Grease 4-6 ramekins and place on baking sheet.

Mix all filling ingredients together.  Pour the filling into the ramekins, leaving enough room for the crumble topping. Set aside.

For the topping, combine flour, oats, sugars, walnuts and salt.  Add cold butter and mix until the crumble and butter form pea sized pieces.  I just use my hands but you can use a mixer with a paddle attachment.  Evenly distribute topping amongst ramekins.

Bake for 30-35 mins, until top is golden brown.  Serve immediately or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream.

 

Enjoy!

Churro Bites and Mexican Chocolate Sauce

They really do taste like churros.

They really do taste like churros.

My sister will be hosting a small kid-friendly get together this Monday which happens to be Cinco de Mayo.  Of course, we must celebrate this holiday!  She will be cooking up quesadillas and mixing margaritas ( and virgin margaritas for the tykes).  I offered to bring a dish and she asked if I could make dessert.  The answer is always “Yes”.   Dessert is one of my favorite meals, brunch being the other favorite.

I wanted to make something fun, festive and kid-friendly.  Ice cream is always a win and you can’t have ice cream with out chocolate sauce.  I thought these two items would pair nicely with churros.  Well, maybe I just wanted churros because I was thinking about the deluctable churros I had for my birthday dinner at Distrito in Philadelphia.

Anyway, knowing that I wasn’t ready to commit to making homemade churros, I searched for a churro-like recipe and found at http://www.lilluna.com churro bites made from angel food cake. Win!

Now, I know this isn’t an authentic churro recipe but I’m a Mama of a 9 month old and I needed a quick and EASY recipe.  Semi-homemade is just necessary as much as I prefer homemade.

I thought to myself, “I can make an angel food cake” but there it was.  The already-made angel food cake sitting there in the bakery section of the grocery store. It came home with me.

Waiting to be fried and tossed in sugary goodness.

Waiting to be fried and tossed in sugary goodness.

As for the chocolate sauce, I used a basic recipe but added cinnamon to the the mix for that mexican flare.  Consider adding a bit of chili powder for heat.  I did not do this since I was serving this to little kids.

For the churro bites you will need:

  • 1 angel food cake (store bought or make your own)
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 2 TB. ground cinnamon
  • canola oil

To make the churros…

  • Cube the cake into bite sized pieces (2″ cubes).
  • Heat the oil on low-medium heat and fry the cubes until golden brown.
  • Immediately toss the golden cubes in the cinnamon/sugar mix until covers in sugary goodness.
Another churro close up.

Another churro close up.

 

For the Mexican chocolate sauce you will need:

  • 8 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c. heavy cream
  • 2 TB. butter
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon

To make the Mexican chocolate sauce…

  • Heat the heavy cream over medium-low heat until it’s just beginning to bubble–bubbles will start around the edge of the pot.
  • Combine the chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon in a bowl.
  • Add the hot cream over to the chocolate mix and allow it to stand for about 30-60 seconds before whisking.
  • Whisk until smooth and add butter. Whisk until butter has dissolved.
Mexican chocolate sauce montage!

Mexican chocolate sauce montage!

You will also need:

  • Vanilla ice cream because why not?

The chocolate can be used as a dipping sauce for the churros and/or as a topping for the ice cream.

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Los tres amigos: vanilla ice cream, Mexican chocolate sauce and churro bites.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!

Inspiration

http://lilluna.com/angel-food-cake-churro-bites/