Did you know there is always dessert for breakfast at the B&B? That sweet little something to end the meal to savour and linger with that last coffee or tea. Yesterday, after a quick drive to Collingwood to get some Ida Red apples, (my favourite) the prep work began. A little secret of mine is my fruit crisps are a make ahead item that just needs to be baked in the morning, while I’m busy preparing the other breakfast menu items. They are such a great dessert to have on hand in the freezer and when apples are at their prime, now’s the time to freeze them at their peak of flavour.
Wash your apples thoroughly in the sink. Peel, core and slice into a 8 cup measuring cup. In a large bowl add the juice and zest of 1/2 a lemon, add the apples with a tiny pinch of salt and toss. Add 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 heaping tablespoon of corn starch or tapioca starch, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. of nutmeg, and 1/4 tsp cardamom. Stir well to combine. Pour into desired baking dishes being very generous, filling to the top as they will bake down. Double wrap with plastic wrap or the lid of your dish and freeze. When ready to bake remove from the freezer and add the topping. Bake 375 for approximately 45 minutes.