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13 Oct, 2008

Thanksgiving dinner and another great apple crisp recipe

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Recipes and Food

… a recap of a Canadian Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving day! (With links to recipes, of course.)

This was our menu:

To snack (trying to keep it relatively healthy):

– edamame
spicy almonds
– cold shrimp and zesty cocktail sauce

For dinner:

– oven-roasted turkey and stuffing
– sourdough bread
make-ahead mashed potatoes (it made too much for us, so we’re going to make the leftovers into patties tonight.)
Porter and Tori Spelling’s bacon-wrapped green beans (this one is a keeper)
– Vanessa’s easy buttery carrots and turnips (see her comment in my previous post)
– corn
– maple/apple cranberry green salad (based on this awesome recipe)

For dessert:

– apple crisp with toffee sauce *drool* This is one of my favourite recipes. The sauce is TO DIE FOR.

½ cup white sugar
¼ cup all purpose flour
½ tbsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp salt
1 cup light cream
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
8 apples, peeled, cored and sliced into wedges

1 ½ cups flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
¾ cup cold butter

Toffee Sauce:
1 c. packed brown sugar
½ c. butter
½ c. light cream

Preheat oven to 350F. In large bowl, combine sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt. Gradually add in cream and lemon juice. Toss in apples, then spoon into buttered 9 x 13 baking dish.

Mix flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Cut butter in until mixture is crumbly. Spread over apples and pat down lightly. Bake for 45 minutes.

Prepare toffee sauce by combining ingredients in a saucepan and stirring over low heat until sugar dissolves. Simmer until sauce thickens.

Serve warm apple crisp with vanilla ice cream and toffee sauce. Do no think about how many calories you’re consuming. Serves 10-12.

It’s always a Happy Thanksgiving when there’s good food involved, isn’t it? Hope you had a good one!


4 Responses to "Thanksgiving dinner and another great apple crisp recipe"

1 | Vanessa

October 14th, 2008 at 8:18 am


how did you enjoy the carrots/turnips?

2 | Amy

October 14th, 2008 at 7:45 pm


Oh my gosh, I just noticed your etsy covets in your side bar. I have those vintage canisters with the red lids, mine are silver with black lids though. I have the full set, there are about 10 in total – salt, pepper, sugar and flour shakers, plus about 6 canisters in various sizes (they’re in storage until I get my kitchen remodeled). The internet is the place to find things you never expected.


February 3rd, 2011 at 3:06 pm


Wow what an amazing looking meal! Not sure if I have what it takes to make all that myself, but I know I can make the APPLE CRISP.

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October 20th, 2014 at 6:00 am


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