Apple Crisp, #SundaySupper

Celebrating Dads on Father’s Day is as American as Apple Pie…Or Apple Crisp. I figure my apple crisp is the 2016 version of the classic pie. Sugar seems to be a dirty word today. Especially in Southern California where I live. So, my apple crisp is created with organic Fuji apples, organic oats, Japanese yuzu citrus juice, a bit of brown sugar and spelt flour. Surprisingly, this Oreo-loving Ninja didn’t miss the white sugar. The sweet crunch of the crumble mingles with the tart apples and is yummy! Fuji apples are usually honey like on their own. However, the Japanese yuzu citrus juice adds a delightful sour accent.

Ninja Note 1: If you prefer an American Apple Pie taste, substitute lemons for the Japanese yuzu.
Ninja Note 2: If less sugar is to your liking, Japanese yuzu juice is available online and at most Asian markets.

My own father lives in Florida, is 93 and is not so prejudiced against sweet stuff. This explains his penchant for swirling on piles of fake whipped cream onto any dessert. Even his favorite cheesecake. At 93, he’s entitled to enjoy his apple crisp or even an entrée with whipped cream. Don’t you think?

Father’s Day was imported into my home country of Japan in the 1950s. Like other imported American traditions (think Valentines and Mother’s Day), the holiday serves as a good excuse for companies to sell, sell, sell! Sake rice wine companies, sporting goods manufacturers and stylish gourmet chocolates spend beaucoup advertising yen to benefit from the American born Father’s Day. But no matter where I am no reminder is needed to celebrate my dear Dad. How are you celebrating?

Apple Crisp

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Organic Fuji Apples sprinkled with Japanese citrus yuzu juice baked with oats, brown sugar and spelt spell deliciousness in any season. The sweet crunch of the crumble mingles with the tart apples and is yummy!

Patience is required for chopping the Fuji apples into bits. The trick is to play a TV show you love so time passes quickly. The rewards of this healthful but delicious dessert are well worth the time in the kitchen.

Ninja Note: The Japanese yuzu fruit is more bitter than a lemon or lime. So, the apples don’t taste as sweet. If you prefer, a sweeter apple crisp, use lemons. Use a combo of lemons and limes if you don’t want to buy the Japanese yuzu citrus juice online or at your local Asian market.

This recipe is adapted from The Love & Lemons Cookbook.

  • 3 organic Fuji apples, chopped (minus the seeds!)
  • ¼ cup Japanese citrus yuzu juice
  • (available online and at Asian markets)
  • Heaping 1/3 cup of organic rolled oats
  • Overflowing 1/3 cup of chopped walnuts
  • Mound of ¼ cup of spelt flour (or wheat flour)
  • Generous 1/3 cup of brown sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom
  • Two pinches of sea salt
  • 5 tablespoons hardened coconut oil (or coconut butter)
  • +  extra for greasing 6 small ramekins
  • ½ cup dried cherries

Coat the ramekins with coconut oil or butter. Set the oven to 375°

As you chop the apples, sprinkle with Japanese citrus yuzu juice.

Toss together the oats, nuts, spelt, brown sugar, spices and salt in a bowl.

In another bowl, mix together ½ the oats/nuts/sugar ‘n spice mixture from the bowl
with the Japanese yuzu juice sprinkled Fuji apples. Work the coconut oil into the mix along with the cherries. Press into the ramekins. Top with the remaining oats/nuts/sugar ’n spice mixture.

Rotating halfway, bake for 36 minutes or until the apples look golden brown.

Today's Father's Day Sunday Supper celebration is hosted by the lovely Sarah of the Chef Next Door.

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Plus What Dad Really Wants for Father’s Day from Sunday Supper Movement


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Wishing you a day full of fun and good memories with your Dad.

The Ninja Baker

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