Thursday, August 11, 2016

Zucchini (mock apple) crisp


So it's been a little while since I've posted because I've been busy with our new twins. They were born a couple of weeks ago and things have been so very crazy. They and I are doing well (minus the general lack of sleep and exhaustion of taking care of - mostly feeding - two newborns). Sleeping, cooking, showering, etc. - these things are rare right now. I did happen to grab a few minutes through during a recent nap time to use up some zucchini our family brought us. Most of our food lately has consisted of cereal, sandwiches, pasta, and other things that are easy to consume. Even during pregnancy as it got really rough for me in the last couple months, I wasn't cooking a lot. So I'm hoping as the babies get more settled that this will change and I'll be back to cooking more frequently and easily. I miss the food! 

This crisp is often called "mock apple" crisp because the idea is you use zucchini in place of the apples in the filling for the crisp. I think that the zucchini still retains a texture and flavor that is "squashy" rather than "appley" - but, I do think that it works and still tastes really good. It's a terrific way to use up some zucchini if you are overflowing from your garden, or your neighbors or friends are dropping them off at your house. It almost made me feel like fall was here (except that it's 90 degrees here right now).


Zucchini (mock apple) crisp
for the topping:
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, plus more for greasing

for the filling:
4 cups peeled and diced zucchini (about one medium)
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon allspice

Lightly grease a 9-inch pie plate and set aside. 

In a medium bowl, stir together the topping ingredients (oats through nutmeg). Cut in the butter using two forks or your fingers until it resembles a crumble. Put in the refrigerator until time to use.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

In a medium pot, combine the zucchini, lemon juice, flour, and sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the zucchini is tender and the juice is thickened. Stir in the salt and spices. 

Pour the filling into the pie plate. Sprinkle to topping on top. Bake for about 25 minutes, until the top is golden and the filling is bubbling.

Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream, if desired.


What was I cooking one year ago?: green bean & red potato salad
Two years ago?: blueberry pie
Three years ago?: skillet zucchini biscuit pie
Four?: warm Mexican corn salad
Five?: stewed okra w/ tomatoes & Andouille sausage
6?: shrimp etoufee

10 comments:

  1. Congratulations and I send all the blessings for the new baby twins, Amy.
    I have never made a crisp with zucchini. Totally love the idea and it looks very delicious!

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  2. Congratulations Amy on the new additions to your family! So glad to read that you all are doing well. How on earth did you find time to do a post? Have never heard of a Mock Apple pie made with zucchini. Honestly, I'm having a hard time imaging how zucchini can be used in place of apples. Guess I'm going to have to make it and see for myself. It sure looks good!

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  3. Oh, my gosh!!! What happy news!!! No wonder you have no time to cook--I'm impressed that you cranked out this yummy pie!

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  4. congrats! i'm so happy for you and your growing family!
    i've always been fascinated by mock apple pies--i've tried the ritz cracker one as well and was startled by its similarity! this one, at least, is a bit more healthful. :)

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  5. Congratulations on the new babies. Terrific news. The crisp sounds wonderful. A great way to use up some of the zucchini that is in the garden.

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  6. Awe, what a great news. Many congratulations to you! Glad to know that you are keeping well. This crisp look beautiful and delicious.

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  7. Congrats! You must be super busy with twins! Glad you're posting, but wow! How do you find the time? Anyway, this looks super -- fun way to use zucchini. Thanks!

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  8. Congratulations on your twins! You must be so busy, and I'm amazed you found time to cook, let alone blog about it!

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  9. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you! I never heard of this before but being a lover of zucchini I'm curious to try it! It looks just like an apple crisp!

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  10. Congratulations on your bundles of joy ♥
    It's a little hectic in the beginning, but eventually you will all get on somewhat of a schedule...and showers, cooking and sleep won't be luxury events anymore :)
    I love your Zucchini Mock Apple Crisp - it looks delicious! I'm still swimming in zucchini - I think I'm gonna give this recipe a baking soon!

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