I was re watching One Tree Hill episodes and I saw the scene with Nathan and Haley & the box of Cracker Jacks.
At that moment, it just came to me: I should bake something with cracker jacks in it.
Cookies? No. Cake? No. Anything with a batter? No… I needed a crunchy dessert.
And then, it just came to me. I should make a dessert I love. Because of all the yummy fruit. Yes, a fruit crisp. I decided to go with the classic apple crisp since caramel + apples = yummy, so caramel popcorn + apples = should be yummy.
- 6 apples, coarsely chopped (I used granny smith)
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1/8 cup maple syrup
- 1/8 cup golden cane sugar
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar
- 1 cup cracker jack
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2/3 cup earth balance OR butter, melted
Directions: Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix coarsely chopped apples and lemon juice. Add maple syrup and cane sugar and toss. Transfer to a 10-inch round baking dish or the equivalent.
In a bowl, mix oats, flour, brown sugar, cracker jack, pecans and cinnamon. Add melted earth balance and mix until well coated. Layer on the apple mixture. Bake for about 45 minutes, until golden. Serve warm.
Most fruit crisp recipes say you should cut in the butter with the dry ingredients. In my experience, adding melted butter does the same thing.
This apple crisp was just sweet enough, the apples were perfect, with just enough liquid & flavor from the maple syrup. The topping was sweet and crunchy with delicious pecans. The cracker jack was nice too, adding a little fluffy texture :-).