Merry Christmas and may you be Blessed with health and happiness.
Meal plan is always a little odd since we plan for anywhere from 3 to 15 as people drop in during the day.
- Smoked brisket
- pinto beans
- corn bread (fathead muffin for me IF I want one)
- potato salad
- cole slaw
- green beans sauteed in bacon fat with onions
- Pecan Pie
- Pumpkin pie
- Cinnamon Apple crumble (gluten free)
- halo top vanilla ice cream
As you can see, not traditional at all lol.
The cinnamon apple crumble is easy and I made it ahead and just kept the crumble separate so I can toss it in the oven and let it just bake off in the residual heat after everything else is cooked. Since I’m probably the only one who will eat it (instead of the pies and whatever else everyone brings) I make a small batch.
Cinnamon Apple Crumble (for 2)
- 1 apple (I use a granny smith) peeled or unpeeled, sliced thin, diced or spiralized your choice
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1/2 teaspoon tapioca starch, arrowroot or thickener of your choice dissolved in 1T water or heavy cream
- *1-2 packets sweetener of your choice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tablespoon butter (divided)
- 3 tablespoons almond flour
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts or pecans or whatever nut you like, optional
In a small skillet, add the water and 1 packet sweetener, along with half the cinnamon and the prepared apples.
Let simmer until apples are soft, add more water if needed, but you don’t want it swimming.
Add the starch and the liquid it was dissolved in and simmer just until it’s thickened slightly. Add 1/2 tablespoon butter, stir in and set aside to cool. Refrigerate until you’re ready to bake it.
For the crumble, mix the almond flour, remaining cinnamon and sweetener then crumble it with the butter by working it with your fingers.
If you’re not baking it right away, put the crumble mixture in a container in the coldest part of your refrigerator.
The nuts are optional and you can add them to the apple mixture OR the crumble, depends on your taste.
When you’re ready to bake, put the apple mixture in a small oven safe dish (I have a 6″ pyrex pie pan and it’s perfect) and crumble the crumble over the top. Add more cinnamon if you like.
Bake at 350f for 10-12 minutes or microwave for 1-1/2 minutes or until it’s hot and bubbly.
Since almond flour doesn’t need a long cook time like other flours, it works fine either way.