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Warm Apple Pecan Crumble

Need I say more? Find me one person who doesn’t love an apple dessert and I will personally give you… well I won’t give you anything. But seriously, just about everyone I know loves a good baked apple treat!

Growing up, I was much more of a brownie/cookie type of dessert girl but I could always appreciate a good homemade apple pie. But apple pies made the traditional way consisted of one thing that I did not care much for, and that was its crust.

Come to think of it, I never liked any sort of crust as a child, whether it was sliced bread crust, pizza crust and yes, even pie crust! So when I first had an apple pie with a crumble topping instead of a crust, I was immediately sold!

Warm Apple Pecan Crumble

Now there is just one thing I wanted to address about this recipe. And it’s all about baking dishes. When I was thinking about this recipe, I really wanted it to be more of a deconstructed apple pie concept. Something a little messier and falling apart. Then I came across these mini graham cracker crust molds and I couldn’t leave them behind! I was so excited to use them, but afterward I felt like they made the dish more of a pie than a crumble although they were still pretty delicious.

Warm Apple Pecan Crumble

You’ll notice in the pictures that 6 of the crumbles have a foil-lined crust and two of them are in ramekins of a similar size. I prefer the ramekins since it allowed the apple filling to be more dominant. The crust overpowered the filling way more than I had expected. Now, if you don’t have that many ramekin bowls, like didn't, try using muffin tins to bake them in. Then when you’re ready to eat one, just scoop out and into a bowl and go!

Warm Apple Pecan Crumble

Overall I think the flavors of this dessert came out really well but I plan on making this one again soon (once I get more ramekins). Or maybe I’ll take the messy but decadent-looking route and ditch the ramekins all together!

Let me know if you’ve tried this recipe and what baking dished you decide to use. Also, let me know if you had any other baking dish suggestions. I’d love to try them!

Warm Apple Pecan Crumble
Warm Apple Pecan Crumble
Warm Apple Pecan Crumble
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Warm Apple Pecan Crumble
Crunchy, delicous spin on the classic American dessert!
Ingredients
    Crumble
  • 1 cup flour
  • 6 tbsp. butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • pinch of salt
  • Apple Filling
  • 1 1/2 lbs. apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Make crumble. Put flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl and mix well. Add in butter, 1 tablespoon at a time and rub into the flour until it resembles a crumbly texture. Stir in pecans.
  • Prepare the filing. In a large bowl mix together all filing ingredients until well combined.
  • Spoon 1/4 - 1/3 cup of filling into 8 -10 ramekins. Top filling with about 1/4 cup of crumble in each ramekin. Place ramekins on a baking sheet and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  • Serve warm a la mode.
  • Details
    Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 8-10 servings

    Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

    Healthy recipe alert!! Ever since I launched More Than You Can Chew in the beginning of this year I can’t say that I’ve become known for posting the healthiest of recipes so I’m pretty hype that I’ve managed to post something that looks good, tastes amazing and is actually pretty healthy!

    Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

    I say “pretty healthy” because I know how particular people are about what’s considered to be “healthy food”. Some say it has to be vegan, some say it has to have vegetables, some say it should not have carbs. To me, healthy food is just as much what it is as what it isn’t. This dish is not carbs smothered in meat and cheese.  And it’s not deep fried and coated in sugar. So it’s definitely considered healthy to me!

    Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

    That said, there are modifications that can be made to this recipe to make it even healthier. I will list some modification suggestions below but in short, this recipe does include ingredients like breadcrumbs and buttermilk. These are two things that can be omitted without changing the main components of the meal and still produce a pretty tasty result. “But Jasmine, if they can be omitted they why even include them in the recipe?” The reason for that is because I like buttermilk and breadcrumbs, they taste delicious and I can do what I want.

    Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

    You can also do what you want! Since I started this journey I’ve always stressed the ability to take my recipes and modify them to your liking. All I want is for this to be a guide of what to do but ultimately you can add, omit, replace, reuse, reinvent any recipe on here. I actually encourage it!

    Let me know in the comments below if you have any alternatives to this recipe. I’d love to hear your ideas!

    Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
    Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
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    Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
    Ingredients
    • 2 lbs. chicken breast, cut into 8 strips
    • 8 large lettuce leaves
    • 1 cup buttermilk
    • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
    • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
    • 1/2 tsp. pepper
    • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
    • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
    • 1 cup your favorite buffalo sauce
    • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
    • 1 cup shredded carrots
      Instructions
    • Place chicken in a large bowl and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne pepper, if using. Pour buttermilk over chicken, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight.
    • Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
    • Completely coat each buttermilk soaked chicken strip in panko bread crumbs and place on a baking rack over a baking sheet. Bake chicken for 30-35 minutes.
    • Remove chicken from oven and cover in buffalo sauce.
    • Arrange lettuce wraps by placing one chicken strip on a lettuce leaf. Top with blue cheese and shredded carrots.
    Details
    Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 8 wraps

    Notes:

    • Reduce prep time by seasoning chicken as directed but without buttermilk. This is also a healthier option.

    • Omit panko breadcrumbs for a healthier alternative.

    • Use blue cheese dressing instead of crumbles as an alternative. (The crumbles are a better option health-wise)

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