Friday, July 31, 2009

Apple??? Crisp and Vanilla Ice Cream

Have you ever wondered what to do with one of these---

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I know, you're thinking, "Katrina, that is NOT an apple.  I thought we were going to get some apple crisp here?"  Oh, you just wait.  You've seen those giant overgrown zucchini before.  You probably already know that the much smaller ones are better for using in your savory dishes like stir fry and such.  No one ever seems to want the great big ones.  Well, you probably know those are the ones that are best used in baking things, like zucchini bread and muffins and the like.  You can make this with those overgrown zucchini---

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I looks like apple crisp and tastes like apple crisp, but it's really ZUCCHINI crisp and guess what--no one would ever know those aren't apples.  Yep, trust me.  You just can't tell.  Pretty cool.  Quite the sneaky way to get a veggie into your loved ones who won't eat veggies!   I first got this idea from Allrecipes (look up zucchini cobbler) years ago.  I made this for a group of ladies from church and they thought it was apple crisp.  They were VERY surprised when I told them later that it was zucchini.  Many didn't believe me.

Katrina's Zucchini Crisp

1 large zucchini (about 1  1/2-2 lbs.), peeled, seeded and sliced

6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1  1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg (a little more or less to you liking)

1 teaspoon lemon zest (optional, I used it and kinda liked it, but it was quite lemony)

Crumb topping:

3/4 cup light golden brown sugar, packed

3/4 cup all purpose flour

3/4 cup old fashioned oats

1/8 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, (can be pretty cold from the fridge), cubed

1/3 cup walnuts, chopped

In a large saucepan, combine the zucchini and lemon juice.  Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally for about 20 minutes.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Spray an 8x8 inch baking dish lightly with cooking spray.  Set aside.  

While the zucchini is cooking, make the crumb topping.  Combine the flour, brown sugar, oats, nuts and salt.  Cut in butter--works best using your hands.  Keep combining by rubbing it all together until you have a crumbly texture.  Set aside.  (The crumb topping can be made ahead and chilled or frozen for later use.)   

Remove the zucchini from the heat and stir in sugar and spices (and zest).  Pour the zucchini mixture into the baking dish.  Top with the crumb mixture.  Bake for 25-30 minutes until topping is golden brown.

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This looks good, huh!

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Well, not quite as good as the one with ice cream on top!   Oh yeah!

I took notes from a bunch of different ice cream recipes and came up with this one--it's a pretty good vanilla ice cream.  I think it tastes like French Vanilla.

Katrina's French Vanilla Ice Cream

1 can (fat free) sweetened condensed milk

1 can (fat free) evaporated milk

1  1/2 cups whole milk

3 eggs

1/4 cup sugar (may not have been necessary with the sweetened milk)

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Warm the condensed milk, evaporated milk and whole milk in a saucepan at medium heat.  In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs.  Whisk in sugar.  When the milk is almost scalded, slowing stir about a cup of the hot milk into the beaten eggs and whisk vigorously.  Pour the rest of the milk into the eggs while whisking.  Pour the custard mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat until it reaches 175 degrees and/or thickens.  Stir constantly with a wooden spoon.    (Don't go over 180 degrees.)  Have an ice bath ready in a large bowl.  Pour the custard back into the bowl that had the eggs, first using a strainer to strain any egg bits from the custard and set that in the ice bath.  (This is my favorite way to "hurry up" the chilling process!)  Stir it often.  When the custard is cold, either churn it in your ice cream maker according to manufacture's instructions (about 25 min.), or chill the custard in the refrigerator.  Up to one day later you can then churn the custard into ice cream.  Serve as soft serve or freeze for an additional 2 hours.

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Not only does this make for a great dessert, but it also works as a pretty good breakfast as well!

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He wasn't tired enough for a nap in HIS bed, but it only took minutes after he climbed in OUR bed and he was snoozing away.  I'd have to say--our bed is much more comfortable than his (not that I've slept in a crib recently.) ha

28 comments:

Lisa said...

I need to try this. I am amazed because it looks exactly like apples.

jillbert said...

That's so cool! It really does look like apples. Thanks for the ice cream recipe too - I've been keeping my eye out for recipes that don't have heavy cream.

Mary said...

I am going to make this for my family asap....brilliant idea...we have tons of zucchini right now.

Megan said...

You sneaky devil - I love it!

Judy said...

The zucchini crisp is quite amazing, Katrina. You would have fooled me. But as far as getting veggies into someone, it's no healthier than eating apple crisp. After all, it has 1-1/2 cups of sugar plus the flour. But for someone that has an overflow of zucchini in their garden and wants to bake something with it, this is a great idea.

PheMom said...

Hmmmm... could you just make it and feed it to me so I don't know it is zucchini either? It does look really, really good! :)

noble pig said...

Oh sweet boy! I could watch them sleep forever. And how clever you are with the zucchini!

Carla said...

Lies! That is so an apple crisp!! haha Wow that is seriously zucchini? Does it taste like apple? Or do people see it as apple and then they think they are tasting apple? If that makes sense...

Clumbsy Cookie said...

How cool is that? I love zucchini! Love, love, love it! In all shapes and forms and cooked/baked in any way. I haven't tried it raw, but I'll probably like it as well! Never ahd it in a crisp, but you wouls have fooled me for sure, it looks like apples and all!

Pamela said...

That zucchini is a MONSTER! I've never seen anything like this and it really does look like apples. So neat. Thanks for sharing.

Alwayzbakin said...

Looks great! Would have never thought of it. ;) Your little guy is so cute!

Tracey said...

Wow - seriously, it looks just like apples!! I never would have guessed :)

CindyinTempe said...

This is a new one on me! I was once challenged to make a zucchini pie. Forget how I did it (it was years ago) but I do remember it was pretty good.

Melody said...

Wow! That is totally sneaky. It looks just like apple crisp. The ice cream looks amazing!

Lisa said...

Great idea! I would have never guessed from the looks of it that it's zucchini. I am going to definitely try to fool my family with this.

Gourmified said...

Seriously!? I can't believe it's zucchini, but I also can't wait to get some of mine to grow big enough to try this out!

Emily said...

THAT's crazy!! I've never ever heard of a zucchini crisp before. Bravo!

CookiePie said...

That is truly AMAZING -- I must try it! Amazing!!!

pinkstripes said...

Oh, how funny! I love it.

Leslie said...

What a great way to get kids to eat their vegetables! It looks just like the real thing!

Lisa Michelle said...

Katrina, what a fantastic idea for a crisp!! I never would have thought of using zucchini in any crisp or cobbler, even though it's used in a sweet quick bread, but it makes perfect sense! It looks SO delicious, and I'll have to try it if I get lucky and some pawn there abundance of zucchini on me again..lol Very nicely done!

dessertobsessed said...

hahahaha great idea! i totally need to try this

Glenda said...

wow!!! i didn't know you can substitute zucchini for apples. great recipe.

lasinthekitchen said...

Wow, I still can't believe that's a zucchini crisp! Looks too sweet for it to be zucchini! Amazing.

Donna-FFW said...

What a fantastic idea!!

vibi said...

Nope... I had not deserted you. But I was on vacation for most of the passed two weeks.

Boy... I have a lot of catching up to do here!

To start with this crisp that I will have to try in the fall, for I love to experience on those kind of recipes.

Your vanilla ice cream looks dreamy, by the way! :)

Amanda said...

I added this to my Friday Recipes post which featured zucchini, thanks! You can see it here ;) http://oldtips.blogspot.com/2009/08/friday-recipes-zucchini.html

Deeba PAB said...

You are the craziest & you are the best... I've gotta try this sneaky thing soon! Good heavens Katrina, who would have thought! I love it!!