quand j’étais petite …

Those of you that know me, know that I grew up in a French speaking home in New Hampshire.  Naturally, croissants were top on my list of treats as a kid.  So was apple (and pumpkin!) picking (among other things …  like ‘Charles de fromage’, as my dad called it, and towels fresh out of the dryer on a cold NH winter morning).   This weekend my husband and I went apple picking (we were engaged in an apple orchid exactly three years ago last weekend).

This time of year always elicits nostalgia for me, as the three year anniversary of my Dad’s passing approaches.  It is important to hold onto the sweet memories.  We also picked a pumpkin – my Dad’s favorite.

Needless to say, I did some baking later in the weekend.  Apple crisp accompanied by apple and chocolate croissants!  My mother used to let me have these for a special occasion growing up.

I came up with a recipe for Apple Crisp – that is a bit healthier than some others.

First I soak oats and cashews for about an hour, while I peel the apples.

Then I spread the oats and nuts onto a baking dish and cover it with cinnamon and maple syrup – fresh from my mother-in-law’s farm in NH.

I then bake it at 200 for about an hour.  I use some of it as a partly-raw granola and use the rest for the topping of my crisp, which is just apples, water, brown rice flour, arrowroot powder, oil, maple syrup, and spices.  Not too sweet but does the trick.  (Anyone interested in a more detailed step-by-step for a future post??)

Comfort food?  Bien sûr!  What’s your favorite comfort food??

Bon Appétit!