October 26, 2015

Microwave Peanut Butter Apple Crisp

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M: Since Chocolate Covered Katie is holding her “Hug a Fat Month” Serena and I knew we had to create a recipe using my absolute favorite fat…the food I could not live without…PEANUT BUTTER!

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S: There are tons of peanut butter pairings, but one that is near and dear to my heart is peanut butter and apples — my go-to post volleyball game snack during high school!

M: Anything peanut butter is my go-to snack! Peanut butter toast, peanut butter with bananas, peanut butter granola bars, peanut butter cookies… (that was for all you Forrest Gump fans). But Serena’s pairing of peanut butter and apples is definitely a top contender. Especially during fall, when apple harvest is in full swing! The thought of fall always brings me back to childhood memories with my family when we took trips to places like Apple Farm and Apple Hill, where apples were the main attraction. Apple tarts, apple cider donuts, apple wine, apple butter, apple muffins, apple pie… haha sorry, that movie reference never gets old!

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S: After we decided to do something with these two ingredients we brainstormed possible desserts that could highlight these flavors and then it hit me…whenever I go back to Cupertino my mom always makes me food to take back. Sometimes it’s beef and broccoli and other times chicken chili, but the one thing I always return with is a huge chunk of her signature APPLE CRISP! BAM. Apple Peanut Butter Crisp. Perfect.

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M: However, this is not your typical apple crisp. Let me explain. Our house gathers every Friday evening to share a meal together. It’s something we decided on before we all moved in together. Throughout the years, it’s been the reason for much laughter, story-sharing, empty ice cream tubs, and refreshing girl time. And every week we rotate who cooks dinner!

S: The other week when it was Isabel and my turn to cook we made some bombbb sweet potato bowls, yum. The funny thing was we cooked almost all of the components in the microwave! Monica can attest to the fact that I am all about efficiency, so most aspects of my life are subject to that…even house dinners haha.

M: I can also attest to the fact that those sweet potato bowls were DELICIOUS. And I couldn’t believe they were microwaved. So this week, we wanted to bring you the convenience of a microwaveable dessert. Not just any dessert, but an apple peanut butter crisp. Sound impossible? We thought so too after the third try. Too soggy, too dry, overflowing ramekins, it all happened! Thank goodness nothing exploded. But after the fourth round of listening to the microwave beep 3…2…1, Serena and I removed a sizzling ramekin with fingers and toes crossed. Top: crunchy. Filling: warm, ooey and gooey. Bingo.

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S: This is seriously one of our fastest and simplest, but also most unique and delicious desserts yet. You might think this is just another one of those deceiving Buzzfeed/Pinterest “Easy Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake” recipes that never really turns out how it is supposed to and taste like a sad excuse for the dessert it claims to be, but that is not the case! Trust me, I never lie!!!

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Apple pie is an American classic, but it pales in comparison to this ooey gooey, crunchy, flavorful apple peanut butter crisp. The crumble on top is crunchy even without being baked in the oven because it is studded with peanuts, toasted oats, and turbinado sugar then mixed with a heap of peanut butter and a drizzle of coconut oil that crisp it in the microwave. If you listen closely you can hear the soft bubbling of the apple chunks cooking in their own juices (sorry, was that graphic?), and that’s how you know…you are about to uncover a molten, cinnamon apple filling oozing beneath that crispy, peanut buttery topping. Fall is all about comfort food, but comfort food usually employs the “low and slow” cooking method…ain’t nobody got time for that! Pop these little dishes of delight in the microwave and TWO MINUTES later you have fall in a bowl. If you are feeling like a rebel, plop some Three Twins vanilla bean ice cream on top, sprinkle it with cinnamon and drench it with Cutter and Squidge salted caramel. Be warned…if you do so, this dessert might hurt a bit!

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and for another amazing recipe video filmed by ed!

– m & s

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