For this #InspirationFanatic Friday, I decided to create a recipe for apple crumble. Apples are traditionally associated with Mabon, the Pagan festival celebrating the autumn equinox. Mabon is a time to express gratitude for the harvests of the active, light parts of the year, which we are now carrying onward towards the restful times of inner work as the night begins to overtake the day. Apples can be seen to represent fertility as well as divination, especially in regards to relationships.
I’ve included some substitution suggestions; I didn’t try out all the possible versions so you’ll want to adjust to taste. It is possible to make a lower-sugar version of this recipe. When I made it with just the molasses and no sugar; it had more of a savory quality.
3 cups of apples, sliced thinly
1 ½ cups of oats (steel-cut)
2 TBS shelled hemp hearts (optional)
4 TBS butter, unsalted and melted (Sub: coconut oil) + 1 TBS butter, solid
1 tsp cinnamon + cinnamon to sprinkle
½ tsp salt
3 TBS molasses or honey (Sub: 1/2 cup brown sugar)
½ cup brown sugar +2 TBS, separated
3/4 cup water
4. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
The final product will look a bit watery, but the liquid is basically an apple syrup you’ll want to spoon over the top when portioning. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.