When we were dating, I and my little-did-I-know future spouse would often see a movie. One evening, we were feeling a bit peckish afterward and stopped at a Roy Rogers fast-food restaurant. We both ordered “Apple Cheese Crisp”, and for both of us it was like, “Where have you been all my life, Apple Cheese Crisp?” So we kept coming back for it returning whenever we would watch a movie at that particular theater.
The following recipe is not a replacement. It doesn’t even have cheese. Nevertheless, whenever I made this, it was delicious, and brought back fond memories as well. (Hmmm, I wonder how much cheese could be put into the recipe, and where in the recipe it would fit.)
2 pounds tart, green apples (about 5 – 5 ½ cups, sliced)
¼ cup water
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup flour
½ cup butter
Peel the apples and slice them thinly. Put them in a rather shallow 2-quart casserole and sprinkle them with the water. Put them aside while you prepare the crust.
Sift together the dry ingredients and cut in the butter until all is well combined. Sprinkle this mixture thickly and evenly over the apples. Don’t mix the two together.
Cover the casserole and bake at 350° for ½ hour, then uncover and bake another ½ hour. The crust will be crisp on top, and will move partly seeped down through the apples, flavoring them and binding them slightly together.
Serve hot or cold, alone or with crème anglaise. (The author included that recipe on another page.)