I don't normally get to host Thanksgiving at my own house and I must say I'm not that sad to say that. However, when I do host it at my house I like to go all out! This year my husband will actually be with us instead of deployed and I get to cook for him. Sometimes I like to get creative and try something new! This year one of my new menu items is a dessert. So I searched around and found the perfect "easy" dessert in my latest All You Magazine.
The dessert is Apple-Rum Raisin Crisp. I'm going to give you my recipe below but first a little bit about me and baking. I love to bake and I'm really not that bad at it. However, if you could see my kitchen when I'm baking (I'm too embarrassed to take pictures) then you would be scared. I'm constantly realizing there are certain ingredients that I thought I had and really didn't. That's why it's great that there is a Food Lion grocery store right up the road from me which is a perfect one stop for all my baking needs.
Speaking of baking- Did you know that right now you can head to the Food Lion Facebook page and enter the Food Lion Bake Off contest. It started on November 7 and it doesn't end until November 28 so you still have plenty of time to enter. Trust me, I still have to get my entry in. It's really simple, just head over, share a recipe from one of these four categories: appetizer, entree, side dish, or dessert.
Now back to my dessert! I headed to Food Lion to get the ingredients I didn't already have on hand. My recipe is a Thanksgiving dessert so it was easy to find all the seasonal ingredients for a great price! Not to mention the My Essentials (Food Lion Brand) had all the basics like sugar and flour. I also loved how the new produce section had the Granny Smith apples displayed in an upright cooler. It made it easy to pick out the ones I wanted. I'm actually not going to post the entire recipe here because it is too long. I'll create a separate post for that so stay tuned!
Here's the basics:
You take your rum and raisins, bring them to a boil and then remove from heat. the recipe called for dark rum but I went with some Malibu coconut rum I had in the cabinet. You're basically making some drunk raisins but remember the alcohol burns off.
Then you have an oat mixture (includes flour and some spices that you mix together.
Add in some melted butter to basically make a crisp. This is actually yummy all by itself. I would just stick it in the oven and toast it up and eat it like this...YUM!
Add in your rum raisins and reserved rum.
Mix together and then bake. Simple, right?
Then I just made it pretty by putting a few scoops in a small cup and adding a big dollop of Whip Cream! This was a sure hit! Even the kids loved it. This will be our first Thanksgiving with their Dad home in our new house and I think this little recipe just might be the start of a new tradition!
Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Food Lion. I received a promotional item to facilitate my shopping experience and review.