Anyone who knows me knows that Autumn is my favorite time of year. And on days like this, when the leaves have begun to turn and there is a nip in the air, my heart longs for a certain kind of comfort food. Food that is warm and rich, and satisfying. Flavors and aromas that wrap themselves around you like a fuzzy blanket for your soul.
I took some apples off of our tree in the back yard, some deliciously fragrant bosk pears, the zest and juice of a couple of lemons and oranges, a handful of dried cranberries, sugar, flour, and a dash of cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg and mixed them all up and tossed them into a buttered baking dish.
I then mixed up some cold butter, flour, white and brown sugar, old fashioned oats, a dash of salt, and a pinch of cinnamon in my stand mixer until crumbly, and topped the fruit with it. I put it on a baking sheet, popped it in a preheated 350 degree oven and baked until golden brown and bubbly (about an hour). It is THE BEST air freshener in the world. It smells like happiness, mixed with joy, with just a drop of sunshine. And in no time at all you have Jacob's Flavors of Fall: Pear-Apple-Cranberry Crumble. All it needs now is a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and a spoon.