Try to take him shoe or clothes shopping and he literally runs the other way. If I mention the grocery store, however, he's totally on board.
One of the best presents he ever bought for himself, was a cast iron pan. He loves that thing and lately he's been making anything he can in it, everything from cornbread to deboned chickens.
This week's treat was an apple crisp.
The whole house smelled like cinnamon and sugar for days. It made my quiet moments of Christmas contemplation even sweeter.
I normally make apple crisps in a glass baking dish and according to a girlfriend's very carefully calibrated recipe. He doctored it up to suit himself and his big heavy pan. Sounds like a guy thing, to me, but it worked. It was delicious.
Gone in no time flat.
Here's his recipe.
Three Granny Smith apples, two red apples and one red pear peeled and cut into small chunks.
Put them in a bowl and sprinkle them with two tablespoons of white sugar and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Mix them around.
In a separate bowl mix a half a stick of butter with one cup of oats, one cup of flour, one cup of brown sugar, two teaspoons of cinnamon and mix it well. If it's too thick, add a bit of water to make it easier to work with.
Spray a 10" cast iron pan, add apples to bottom and oat mixture on top.
Bake approximately 40 minutes on 350.
Now, in the interest of full disclosure, he (actually we) are wing it kind of chefs. A little of this, a little more of that. You get the idea.
It did taste really good though.
One small taste for us, then we left the house. The kids were going to go to Starbucks with friends for treats and coffee, but when we came back, the whole gang of them were in the family room watching a movie...and the pan was empty.
I think that's a pretty good endorsement. Dad was very happy.
Of course, I would've been happier if they picked up their plates and cups and put them in the garbage.
It's ok, though, I'd rather clean up than cook!
Do you have a favorite cast iron pan recipe? Please share!! He's always looking for inspiration and I am always looking for a way of of cooking dinner. ; )
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