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Cast-Iron Apple Crisp and a Trip with Jane Austen

So easy. So good. What is it? Cinnamon-Kissed Apple Crisp. Actually, I added the cinnamon-kissed part, but that's how it tastes, which is why I'm sharing the latest treat from my self-proclaimed professional test kitchen. Baker tested, writer approved.

Cast-Iron Apple Crisp

(Image shows Honeycrisp apples, not Granny Smith as used in the recipe)

Apple Crisp and Apple Crumble are terms often used interchangeably, and yet they are different desserts, most notably with the use of oats and/or nuts in the crisp topping. Apple Cobbler is another similar dessert, and yet quite different. If one of these desserts were to show up in the kitchen at Hawk's Peak ranch, or in Clara Stowe's inn, then it would have been Apple Cobbler or even Apple Brown Betty.

And now I'm hungry.

In the 1860s or 1880s, if a yen for apple desserts hit in Februrary, they would pull out a jar of apples, carefully canned during harvest before winter's first snow coated the ground.

And even though an apple crisp recipe did not appear in a proper cookbook until the 1920s, who are any of us to say that some industrious cook somewhere didn't have their own version of it two hundred or more years ago. I'd be willing to bet that Briarwood and Crooked Creek had such talented bakers in their midst.

Tart Apple Crisp_Writer in the Kitchen

Ready to have fun in the kitchen? Get the recipe here, pour yourself a cup of delicious herbal tea (or beverage of choice), and induge in this tasty and easy-to-make treat.

This is really a Tart Apple Crisp from Paula Deen's Cast-Iron Favorites (2019). The recipe I found on her website is different.


What does Jane Austen have to do with Apple Crisp? Not a thing. Although, the many variations of baked apple desserts we enjoy today were adapted from recipes originating in England. It's wonderful how food alone can connect the world across the centuries.

Actually, I enjoyed this movie, and therefore I'm sharing it.

An American in Austen

If you're a fan of fun and Hallmark movies with a Jane Austen twist, then it's possible you've already watched An American in Austen. It really is more than I had expected going into it (thanks to Eliza Bennett). The cast is fun, even ridiculous at times, but fun and they did a charming job in each of their roles. Lots of laughter and an escape into Pride and Prejudice await.

I've only ever seen Eliza Bennett in Julian Fellowes's From Time to Time, and she was great in there, too!


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