SMS: Apple Orchard Pecan Crumble

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Hey everyone!  I said it earlier this week, but it’s now officially fall to me.  Yesterday I loaded up on allergy medicine and made the required fall trip to Curtis Orchard (where the apples were kind of awful, but the kittens, goats, and apple cider and donuts made up for it), and then froze my butt off watching the Illini get killed by Penn State.  Then I spent the evening watching more football and “Defiance” while drinking root beer floats and hot chocolate.  Yep, it’s officially fall!

Unfortunately, I didn’t actually get my apples for this week’s SMS recipe from an apple orchard.  Oh well…  This week Christine of Christine Cooks chose the Apple Orchard Pecan Crumble for our weekly bake.  I was a little bit disappointed, because I was really looking forward to choosing this recipe my week, but then I realized I get to make it even earlier!  Suddenly, everything was right in the world again.

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This was delicious.  Next time I think I’ll reduce the sugar that gets sprinkled over the apples, like several other people have said.  I also think I’ll reduce the baking time a little bit.  I burned the crumble a little bit because I forgot to check on the crumble about 10 minutes before the end of the baking time, like I usually do.  The other reason I might reduce the baking time, and this is purely personal preference, is because I like my apples still a little bit crunchy when I eat a crisp.  These apples were cooked down so much it was almost like eating applesauce sometimes.  Which, really, isn’t a bad thing.  It’s just not what I usually like best.  That being said, everyone else thought it was great, so I’m pretty sure I’m alone on this one :-D.  But despite these little things, I will most definitely be making this again.  This recipe was much better than the package of apple crisp mix I bought last year at Curtis Orchard.  One of my favorite things about this recipe, as silly as it is, was that it used melted butter rather than cutting in cold butter.  I think that just makes everything so much easier!

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Goat!

Anyway, drop by the blogroll to see what everyone else thought of this week’s super awesome recipe.  And make sure you come back next week- it’s finally my week to choose a recipe!  EEK!!!

Curtis Orchard with Adam and Laura 009And a gratuitous kitten picture.  I really wanted to pack this little guy in my purse and bring him home, he was so sweet and friendly!  I honestly don’t think anyone there would have noticed.  My roommates and pet fish might have been another story…

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12 responses to “SMS: Apple Orchard Pecan Crumble

  1. awwwww. The kitten is so cute! As for football, I totally get what you mean. Cal got killed by USC yesterday eek!

  2. I am sorry you made the trip to pick apples and they were terrible but the dessert was delicious. I reduced my baking time too so you are not alone. Love your crumble, YUM!

  3. What a cute kitten! Great looking crumble.

  4. My apples were very soft too…but I didn’t mind. Your crumble looks great, and I think you should have taken the kitten home. :)

  5. Super cute kitten – love the pic :) Your crumble looks wonderful! I’m glad everyone enjoyed it. My apples were soft after baking too but I sort of like them that way.

  6. Karin

    How cute is that kitten. I’m not a huge fan of cats, but he’s so adorable!
    And definitely not silly about the melted butter. I can’t stand to cut in cold butter!
    Great job on the crisp- it looks delicious!

  7. The crumble looks fantastic! Mine crumble turned out a little browner than I wanted it to as well, I guess we know for next time. I am looking forward to sticky buns next week, yum!

  8. adorable kitteh!

    football and crumbles… it doesn’t get any more ‘fall’ than that :)

  9. So sad I missed this week- totally a fall recipe. Yours looks perfect

  10. Your crumble looks yummy and I love the critter photos!

  11. Love the animal pics! The crumble looks yummy, too.

  12. Wendy

    Your crumble looks fab! Love the goat!

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