at home with candice stringham
Hi, friends! We’re continuing with our twist to the At Home with Becky series lately. It’s so fun to have our friend Candice Stringham sharing a piece of her heart & home with us today. She is also a part of our Creative Team! In her own words … and behind her own camera, I give you Candice who is sharing a family tradition and treat that offers comfort.
When Becky asked me if I would let you come hang out with me in my home, I was a little overwhelmed with trying to decide what to share. I had so many ideas for home projects and tips that I didn’t even originally consider a recipe (cooking is so NOT my strength), but one of my boys was having a rough day and requested a family favorite from my childhood and I thought, “Perfect!” If this is the go-to treat when my guys need comfort and reminds them of home, then maybe you would all love it, too. (And maybe Becky will let me come back sometime with a DIY!)
I’ve literally made this recipe since I was a little girl, so every time I make it I think of fall at my parents’ house. I’ve adapted and changed it over the years until I think I’ve gotten it just right! I called it “Apple Betty with a Twist” because really Apple Betty isn’t supposed to have oats, but I like it with the added texture. I suppose that makes it more like a crisp, but it’s my recipe so I can call it what I want, right?
Apple Betty with a Twist
- 4 large apples peeled and sliced (I like a mix of something really tart like Granny Smith mixed with something a little sweeter like a Gala)
- 1/4-1/2 cup of orange juice
For the topping: (I really love a rich cinnamon flavor, but if you don’t, you may want to back off on the cinnamon a bit!)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 3/4 cup sifted flour
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- a tiny pinch ground clove
- 1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons cold butter
Sometimes I double up on the topping if the apples I’m using are really big.
I love using little individual dishes because it makes the whole thing feel just a little bit fancier. (Confession: this also means that no one complains that their piece is smaller. It’s the little things in life, you know?)
The next step is very important in making the best Apple Betty ever and that is pouring orange juice over the top of the apples. It adds the perfect tart element, makes the final betty taste a little like apple cider, and keeps the apples from browning while you mix up the topping.
Add the topping on top of the apples and bake at 375 for 45 minutes.
That is it! Of course, you can always serve it with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream and it will be great. Want to know a secret I accidentally came upon? I was requested to bring this recipe to a women’s luncheon for my church and someone else brought the ice cream. She accidentally grabbed white chocolate ice cream from the store instead of vanilla, but none of us realized until we had served it. It was an amazing mistake! It gave it a delicious buttery flavor that everyone was raving over.
Mmmmmmm. Candice, yum! This seriously looks so good and I can see why it would have become a family tradition for you. This is the season for yumminess like this and I thank you for sharing with the rest of us!