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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.

Cut up your apples and slice them fairly thin.
Place the apples in ramequins or a small casserole dish.

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?)

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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.

Next, mix up the topping.
Sift all the dry ingredients into a bowl: sugar, flour, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove.
Then, add the butter. The key to this is making sure your butter is super cold, cutting it into small pieces, and mixing it into the dry ingredients with a pastry blender (cutter). You aren’t trying to make a dough. It will be crumbly and you want it that way.

Add the topping on top of the apples and bake at 375 for 45 minutes.

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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.

I hope this brings you as much comfort and joy as it has brought me in my life. And, as a bonus, it will make your house smell like fall while it cooks!

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!


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For those interested, Candice will be teaching an online DSLR class starting next week! Visit here for details!



9 Responses

  1. Cindy says:

    Can’t wait to try this!! Love having something special for when the kids have a rough day.

  2. Rhonda Steed says:

    mmmmm Sounds lovely!!!

  3. Cate says:

    Candice – do you still do project life? Would love to see photos on your blog.

    • Hi Cate,

      Yes I do! I really love project life. I had a few events in life this year that put a pause on anything extra in life, but I’m back at it and we will have some pages on the blog next week.

  4. kat-in-texas says:

    Candace has the BEST photography classes!! She’s awesome!!

  5. Laurie says:

    Love the little dishes idea…love no fighting!!

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  7. Ashley S. says:

    Looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!