Monday, March 15, 2010

Apple Crisp with Gingersnap and Black Pepper Streusel

Oh, the days of spring. The weather is warmer and the days are getting longer and I think I'm in love with it. And yet, it's cold and rainy days like today that make me think of filling, warm, and delicious comfort food.

Although fall is traditionally the season for apples, I was able to get my hands on some super tasty ones at my local Wegmans. I haven't made an apple crisp in years, but for some reason, that's all I wanted. But not just any apple crisp - it needed some sort of flair. So I kicked it up with some gingersnaps and at the last minute, threw in some freshly cracked black pepper for some extra punch, which was fantastic.
This recipe is super easy to make and incredibly delicious!

Apple Crisp with Black Pepper and Gingersnap Streusel

Apple Crisp with Black Pepper Gingersnap Streusel

1 cup gingersnap cookie crumbs
½ cup flour
¾ cup quick-cooking oats
1/3 cup brown sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
½ cup butter

5 cups apples, peeled and chopped
2 tbsp lemon juice
¼ cup brown sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg

Preheat oven to 375. Combine cookie crumbs, flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pepper in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Cut in butter, using a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.
In another bowl, toss apples with lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Place into well-oiled baking dish, and top with streusel. Place in preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes, until apples are bubbly and top is golden brown.


astheroshe said...

I love it! Looks Yummy!

Jennifer said...

Yes, please...that looks amazing. I love the addition of the black pepper - I think that takes it from typical to something quite extraordinary. I can't wait to make this this weekend!

Sheri (Green and Crunchy) said...

Black pepper in your DESSERT? I would never have thought of it! I also love the addition of gingersnaps! Good idea :)

Yummita said...

Oh my gosh! Looks so yummy :) In fact I have some apples and until now I had no idea what to do with them. I didn't want to use them for something usual, but this looks so special... yum :) I'm gonna try it. Thanks for recipe :)


Anna said...

mmm delicious!! compliments. Ciao Anna