Friday, October 28, 2016

Apple Crisp and Weekend Socks

Hi, Knitters, 
Here is the apple crisp recipe I have been using for several decades. I so enjoy pulling out an old and loved handwritten recipe card from my recipe file. Don't you love this, too? It's so much better than using the internet to find recipes (although I do end up doing that, too). Recipe cards filled with splatters, worn corners, and fading script really make my day, they tell a story. Anyway, my family loves this apple crisp and it is definitely an annual tradition every time fall rolls around. One time many years ago I changed it up and used a different recipe that included oats and everyone was disappointed so I went right back to the tried and true. I haven't wavered since.

I hope you handwrite out your own Apple Crisp recipe card to love and use in the years ahead. Mine is just on a standard 3 by 5-inch notecard, nothing fancy.

And of course as every good knitter approaches things, I don't exactly follow the recipe. 

Here are my changes:

I use a 13 by 9 inch glass pan. I don't grease the pan.

I peel and cut the apples in small-ish pieces. 

I place the apple pieces in the pan until it is almost full to the brim. I don't count or measure the apples at all. 

I double the strudel topping. 

I add a dash more salt to the strudel.

It takes at least an hour to bake if not a little longer. 

Make sure that the strudel is slightly browned on top and that the apples are bubbling around the edges before taking it out of the oven.

We usually serve it with vanilla ice cream or custard (although cinnamon ice cream is wonderful if you can find it) and with a dollop of freshly made whip cream. The apple crisp is delicious without adding any extras on top. I usually have mine plain.

I store the leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator and it is even better the next day.


Now for socks!

When I was at Knit City the only thing I had plans to purchase was a skein of sock yarn from Caterpillargreen Yarns that I had seen on their Instagram. I had so little time to look around the market but I rushed to the Caterpillargreen booth when I had a few seconds only to find out that the yarn I wanted was sold out. I wasn't surprised at all. 

Jodi from the Grocery Girls either was with me or I was talking to her later, I can't remember how, but she found out I wanted that yarn. She pulled the skein out of her bag and gave it to me. I swear I have never met more generous people in my life. Tracie and Jodi would give you the shirts off their backs with no thought at all. Really. Anyway, Jodi would not take no for an answer so I ended up with the Caterpillargreen Yarn I had my heart set on. I was appreciative and excited about it.

On my final day at Knit City I was on the way to my classroom and walked by the Caterpillargreen Yarns booth and Catherine, the owner and dyer, was standing there with a bag for me. Inside the bag was a gift for me, the coveted skein of sock yarn now called Weekend. Needless to say I was thrilled! I gave Jodi back her skein right away. It was such a nice gesture on her part and now we could be sock twins. 

I quickly asked how the skein was dyed and Catherine said it is mirror image so if you wind the skein in one cake you could start one sock from the inside of the cake and the other from the outside of the cake to get matching socks. I decided to break my skein of Weekend into two cakes as I wound it. 

Thank you so much to Caterpillargreen Yarns for the beautiful and clever skein of sock yarn.

It appears that the Weekend colorway pre-order is currently sold out but definitely check out the entire store over at Caterpillargreen Yarns. It is fun and impressive.

Click here to see the Weekend skein and a knit sample of the sock I am knitting. Maybe she will open the orders again in the future.

Click here for Signature Needle Arts (my favorite needles!) I use US size 1/2.25mm, 6-inch dpns for my sock knitting. 

My yarn/kitchen scale is OXO brand and I purchased it from William Sonoma about 6 years ago. Click here to see the exact same scale on the OXO website. I love mine and actually own two of them now.

On a side note I was sent a review copy of the book in the photo above, People Knitting, by Barbara Levine. It contains a century of photographs of people knitting and I have simply loved looking through the pages. The book is small in size and everything about it is kind of perfect. The photos are fascinating, interesting and fun. What a perfect gift for the holiday season ahead. Thank you to Princeton Architectural Press for sending me a copy of this beautiful book.

I wound off a small ball of yarn at the beginning of the skein to start things off. The skein weighed 115 grams and I would have had to knit 10 or 11-inch or longer cuffs to use all of the yarn and get to that last color. I don't like super long cuffs on socks as much. I favor the cuff length to be between 6 or 7-inches. So I wound off until the main cake weighed 45 grams. I did this for both socks. 

I ended up knitting the cuff to 7-inches before placing the waste yarn for the heel. My next decision was how I was going to work the yarn in the heel. Would I pull from the outside of the cake for an orange heel, use the blue section that I wound off in the smaller ball or should I stripe the orange outer end and the wound off blue section? Lots of options from which to choose!

I am using my Smooth Operator Socks pattern that includes a tutorial for my version of an afterthought heel with several options for decreases and finishing of the toe and heel. One popular option is for a Kitchener stitch-free finish.

I ended up striping the orange end from the outside of the cake and the blue end from the wound off section at the start. I switched the yarn every two rounds.

The sock blocker is from The Loopy Ewe!

For the Smooth Operator Socks pattern I used the single line decrease instructions and the rounded corner Kitchener stitch option for finishing off the heel. I will do the same for the toe.

Well, there you go. I will be back next week with more. I have a bunch of new patterns coming out very soon along with some new and exciting changes. I hope you will be excited about all of the new things happening. I will be sharing all of it very soon. I can't wait!

Have a great weekend ahead.
xo ~ susan
p.s. There is a huge Craftsy sale going on from today, Friday, Oct. 28 through Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. I don't use the affiliate links much but here is my link if you'd like to purchase any Craftsy class for under $20 during this time. Thank you so much if you use the link! Click here for the link to Craftsy!


lindag1947 said...

Hoe big is that project bag

Susan B. Anderson said...

Hi Lindag, I don't have the exact measurements but it fits one skein of sock yarn and the sock in progress perfectly.

Stefanie Ng said...

I pinned your apple crisp recipe. I love seeing beloved recipe cards. I have pictures of a banana cup-cake one as my mum has the original; she got it from her former boss years ago. I grew up on those. If you ever want the recipe, let me know. I have to put Caterpillar Yarns on my list next year; :O( my CFO cut me off for the rest of the year and well, Christmas is coming up in which a bit of yarn is on my wish list! I have to email Santa's Helper every year with my wish list otherwise my husband wanders the mall for six hours all stressed out on what to get his wife, LOL!

Debsnubs said...

I have this same recipe, and have had it for years, mine is on a card like this in my mothers handwriting. She filled a recipe box with all her recipes hand written and gave it to me at my wedding shower and I use all the recipes all the time. My mother is gone now so it makes all the more special to me.

Kim W said...

That apple crisp sounds yummy. And I have to love a girl who doubles the strudel topping!

Holly said...

Glorious fall, the colors, the smell of applesauce in my crockpot, and now a true and tried recipe for apple crisp. Thank you, have a great weekend. xx

Brenda said...

My aunt JoAnne had two apple trees in her backyard, and she always made the crisp that has oatmeal in it. My favorite! I loved it while it was still warm from the oven.

peaknits said...

I love everything about this post! I have my weekend yarn on the way, I can't wait! And that book is going right on my gift list for a special friend! Apple crisp coming up!

martha bilski said...

Spoonflower has a tutorial on how to make dish towels out of hand written recipes. Neat way to preserve them.

Anonymous said...

My recipe for crisp is similar, depends how big I make it, if it will be eaten for breakfast! No oats is the main rule.

Dorothy said...

I love your recipe card! I have to confess, I've teared up a little at times when I come across a handwritten recipe from my mother or grandmother. They're really precious.
I had to chuckle about your family not wanting oatmeal topping on your apple crisp; mine is just the opposite. Funny how we get used to "our" way.
I always enjoy your blog posts. I'm now addicted to the Grocery Girls podcast and have enough yarn for several new pairs of socks, thanks to you! You're a knitting Pied Piper. 😉

Anonymous said...

Susan, Thanks for the recipe! Do you melt the butter? Or just dot it on top?

Susan B. Anderson said...

I use softened or room temp. butter and mix it right in with the strudel ingredients.

LannieK said...

I love apple crisp ~ haven't made it for a long time. Thank you for the recipe! I love this sock yarn! I am making progress on my sock knitting thanks to your Craftsy class ~ currently on the leg with the waffle stitch you show. Can't wait to do the heel ~ Getting there!

Trisha Bullock said...

I enjoy your blog so much. Can't wait to make this apple crisp. So simple.

Anonymous said...

I just made your apple crisp for family and they loved it! I doubled the streusel, like you suggested, but Hubby wanted more cinnamon, so I added even more of that.
Thanks for sharing!

Holly said...

Dear Susan -- I made your Apple Crisp recipe, for my sons birthday dinner. It was fabulous, thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan,
Love your work and would love to get some of your yarn someday but shipping to the Netherlands is probably expensive. I bought your SOS pattern and have a question if you don't mind. You say 2.25 with about 8 stitches per inch. I am probably a tight knitter. i am not getting that gauge. I knit with regia yarn 2.25 10/ inch and with a 2.5 9/inch. Should i go to a 2.75 then?? Would get such a different fabric i guess. My circumference is 9 (foot 41 EU so a bigger foot), should knit with 64 to get a 1 inch negative ease, but i actually prefer a looser fit, so a 72 with 2.25 then??? or 68 with 2.5 ... I am so confused ...
Thank you.
MarieCelesteStitches bags

Susan B. Anderson said...

Hi, Willemijn,
If you have a 2.75mm or 3mm needle that would probably work best for your gauge.

I wear a 38 EU size show and make the 64 st cast on socks so I think you would need a bit bigger. You could either cast on 72 sts with a 2.25mm, the fabric would be slightly tighter, or you could modify the pattern using a 68 st cast on with a 2.75mm or 3mm needle. It's up to you but those are my best suggestions.

Take care,