I remember my school cafeteria with many fond memories, partly because it also was where band practice was held and also where study hall was held, but mostly because my Aunt Lucy worked there. Aunt Lucy was the friendliest woman in the world, and she always brought a bit of sunshine into my day.
The food that was made by the lunch ladies always tasted good. I don’t remember ever not liking anything. It was good, home cooking that filled you up, even though it was in a sterile cafeteria.
I particularly remember the apple crisp that they made. I always suspected that it had peanut butter in it, but I couldn’t be sure. Apple crisp that I made at home never tasted the same as theirs did.
On a hunch, I recently did a search for “apple crisp with peanut butter”. Wow! Tons of hits! Why had it taken me so long to find this?? So I made some, and at the first bite I was transported back to my high school cafeteria, loving my apple crisp.
My recipe was adapted from this one, mostly because I am diabetic. Sorry there's no picture; we ate it too soon.
Peanut Butter Apple Crisp
4 cups apples, cored and sliced
1 tbsp flour
1/4 cup Splenda
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp water
1/2 cup oats
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
Preheat oven to 350° and grease an 8-inch pan (I used a medium casserole dish).
Combine apples, flour, sugar, cinnamon and water in large ziploc bag, shake to coat apples thoroughly. Place in casserole dish.
In a medium bowl, mix together oats, butter, peanut butter, and brown sugar until well blended. Sprinkle over the apple mixture.
Bake for 45 minutes until simmering and topping is brown.