First, we start off with some tart, green Granny Smith apples.
We peel them, slice them, and arrange them in a shallow, buttered baking dish.
Next, we mix up some ketchup and lemon juice.
And then, um, pour it over the apples. (NOTE: I’m using a vintage aluminum pie pan because I forgot that you’re not supposed to mix tomatoes and aluminum until after I’d poured and I wasn’t going to dirty an extra baking dish, but there was very little contact and everything survived. Still: do as I say, and not as I do.)
Still with me? Good! Now we mix up some flour/sugar/cinnamon/butter into a fine crumb.
And top the apples with it.
Bake bake bake bake…hey, the kitchen smells pretty good!
Time to serve!
VERDICT: It was actually pretty good. The ketchup adds an interesting flavor note that your guests would be hard-pressed to put their finger on, but is in no way overpowering or, well, ketchup-y. If making this again, I would stir the ketchup thoroughly into the apples before pouring them into the baking dish, to better distribute the color. It’s a bit jarring to see that streak of red just under the crumbs!
Now it’s your turn: A winner will be selected on the 11th! Get on it!