Mom’s Raisin Bran Apple Crisp

Wanna Sell Your House? Smell this! Yesterday I baked a Banana Bread that I couldn’t eat because I’m allergic. But I always have leftover bananas around so I make Banana Bread a lot. I love the aroma. In fact, I mentioned yesterday that it is one of the best kitchen smells there is. Which reminded me about when we were selling our old house. The real estate agent told us to make sure there were some good aromas coming out of the kitchen in order to entice prospective buyers. So I got to thinking about the good smells that come out of a kitchen and what I could bake or make to make my kitchen be the one someone wanted to cook in and therefore buy my house. I even wrote one of my newspaper articles about house-selling aromas. Choices I considered: fresh coffee, tomato sauce, fresh-baked yeast bread, anything with baking apples. Well, fresh coffee is the easiest but you can’t have it going all day or it tastes and begins to smell bitter. Yeast bread is my favorite, but I didn’t always have the time to bake one. Tomato sauce may be among my favorites but the garlic could be off-putting to some. So, apple it was. Baked apple. Apple pie. Apple Crisp.  Fortunately we had some wonderful desserts during that time. We did sell the house too! Here’s a recipe with an intoxicating aroma — my   

Wanna Sell Your House? Smell this!

Yesterday I baked a Banana Bread that I couldn’t eat because I’m allergic. But I always have leftover bananas around so I make Banana Bread a lot. I love the aroma. In fact, I mentioned yesterday that it is one of the best kitchen smells there is.

Which reminded me about when we were selling our old house. The real estate agent told us to make sure there were some good aromas coming out of the kitchen in order to entice prospective buyers.

So I got to thinking about the good smells that come out of a kitchen and what I could bake or make to make my kitchen be the one someone wanted to cook in and therefore buy my house. I even wrote one of my newspaper articles about house-selling aromas.

Choices I considered: fresh coffee, tomato sauce, fresh-baked yeast bread, anything with baking apples.

Well, fresh coffee is the easiest but you can’t have it going all day or it tastes and begins to smell bitter.

Yeast bread is my favorite, but I didn’t always have the time to bake one.

Tomato sauce may be among my favorites but the garlic could be off-putting to some.

So, apple it was. Baked apple. Apple pie. Apple Crisp. 

Fortunately we had some wonderful desserts during that time. We did sell the house too!

Here’s a recipe with an intoxicating aroma — my 

 

Mom’s Raisin Bran Apple Crisp:

 

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4-5 large, tart apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch or two of salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups slightly crushed raisin bran cereal

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Melt the 2 tablespoons butter and set aside to cool slightly. Combine the apples, 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, salt and melted butter and place in a baking dish. Cream the 1/3 cup sugar and 3 tablespoons butter with an electric beater until well combined. Beat in the flour. Add the raisin bran and work it into the creamed mixture gently, leaving the bran flakes more or less intact. Sprinkle this mixture on top of the apples. Cover the pan and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the cover and bake for 10-15 minutes or until crisp and golden brown.

Makes 8 servings