kenziology | Travel Guru + Coffee Enthusiast

Traveler, Photographer + Coffee Enthusiast

Reach for the Sky


Caught this dramatic beauty of a sky this afternoon at work. Today was one of those days where it would rain and look like it was going to storm, only to have the sun shine through bright and strong. I love these days.

Kenzie's Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp is my absolute favourite dish come Autumn. I make it for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and everything in between. A lot of people ask me what apples I use, and I tell them the truth... whatever apple I feel like throwing in it at the time! For this particular crisp, I used Northern Spies from Burnham Family Farm Market. They are located on Highway 2 between Cobourg and Port Hope.

The recipe yields about 6 servings, but I used larger bowls than usual so it worked out to 5 servings. The recipe works well in individual containers like mine, or in large baking dishes (preferably glass).

What You Need:

Crumble Topping

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 Tablespoon butter (salted or unsalted, your choice!)
Apple Filling
  • 6 large apples, any variety you wish!
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons milk 
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 

Step One
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Combine all of the crumble topping ingredients in medium sized bowl. Mix well until it resembles the picture above. 

Step Two
Combine melted butter and flour in a small bowl until thoroughly mixed. Add lemon juice, milk and vanilla and stir well. Then, add the brown sugar and cinnamon. (I find everyone has their own tolerance for cinnamon, add as much or little as you like!) 

Step Three
Line the bottom of the baking dish of your choice with peeled and cut apples. Pour the apple filling mixture over the apples and stir to coat the apples completely. I flatten the crumble topping and lay it over the apples, but you could also sprinkle small amounts of the topping over the apples to give it a more textured look. 

Step Four
Bake for 30 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and is set. Remove from oven and let it cool about 10 minutes before serving. 

Once you pull it out of the oven, I like to throw a clean dishtowel over the dishes to keep the moisture in while it cools. I definitely recommend serving it with Vanilla ice cream for the full dessert effect!

Enjoy! And if you try out the recipe, let me know how it turns out! 

World of Octobers

October Autumn

There is nothing I don't like about October. It's really the first month where it feels like fall, with the colder weather, crisp leaves and the crazy oranges and reds on the trees. Lighting candles, drinking tea, and just generally feeling cosy. I also just love the layers and scarves and EVERYTHING fashion related in Autumn. 

After living in the mountains for the past few Autumn seasons, it is so nice to be in Ontario to see all the trees change colour and to actually experience all October has to offer. In the mountains it literally jumps right from summer to winter. (It also snows at least once a month, regardless of the season, but that's neither here nor there...)

Currently I'm working at a local farmers market, which is really feeding into my obsession with Fall. We have all sorts of pumpkins, straw bales, apple picking, apple cider, pies out the ying yang (so many sold over the Thanksgiving weekend, I couldn't believe it) and a whole selection of cute little gourds. Needless to say, I've bought a bit of everything to decorate my house!

Now to curl up with a book and make some tea. Candle of the evening is Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin from Bath & Body Works.

I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. 
         - Anne of Green Gables