“Cooking has always been one of the great joys of my life. When I was a young girl, I was constantly looking for new ways to delight my family with my latest culinary creation. Sweets were a surefire hit, so I was always on the lookout for a yummy new recipe, preferably one that involved apples. You see, I grew up on my grandfather’s apple ranch in southern California, so apples were plentiful and delicious. I love this recipe because it requires only a few ingredients and is quick and super easy. Add a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream and you have a perfect way to say ‘I love you.’ Enjoy!”
—Susan Anton, actress, singer and former Miss America contestant
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces, divided
2 1/2 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced about 1/4 -inch thick
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 1/4 cups stale plain cake crumbs (such as sponge cake, pound cake or angel food cake) or soft fresh breadcrumbs
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 pinch ground cloves
1 pinch salt
1/3 cup apple cider
Vanilla ice cream (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 375F. Generously coat a shallow 11/2 -quart baking dish with 1 tablespoon butter.
2. Toss together apples and lemon juice in a large bowl.
3. Combine cake crumbs, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, cloves and salt in a bowl and toss until well mixed.
4. Scatter 3 tablespoons of the crumb mixture onto the bottom of pan and top with half the apples. Drizzle apple cider over apples then top with about half the remaining crumb mixture. Dot with half the remaining butter. Repeat with remaining fruit, crumbs and butter.
5. Bake until the apples are bubbly and tender and the crumbs are nicely browned, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool briefly on a wire rack before serving warm with ice cream.
Per serving: 240 calories, 9g fat, 25mg cholesterol, 1g protein, 43g carbohydrates, 3g fiber, 65mg sodium