Thursday, October 8, 2009

(i can't believe it's) zucchini crisp recipe

i've become quite sentimental about traditions as of late.
i want "US" to have lot of them.

i want our kids to have the opportunity to expect things on certain occasions.
we're actually working on quite a few around here as we speak.

*like every morning after my early a.m. walk, i wake everyone up and we read the scriptures together as a familiy before school and work.
*like every night i sit and read to the boys in bed for half an hour.
*like every friday night we pig out on ice cream, red vines, pop corn, and hot chocolate, while watching the new star wars the clone wars.
*like every time a kid looses a tooth...the tooth fairy gets lost to the middle of nowhere and takes two nights to get to us. (hey she's kind of loopy like that okay?)

and a new one:
with my new found love of cooking {insert GASP here}
i want to make this (i can't believe) its zucchini crisp every year when we harvest our ginormous zucchinis.
thanks to all of you that gave me recipes to try out! this one in particular came by email from Desiree Dana.
thanks Desiree!
it was a huge hit.


8-10 cups Zucchini

-Peel, quarter length wise, remove seeds, slice it into small slices (like apples).

2/3 cups Lemon Juice

1 cup Sugar

½ tsp. Nutmeg

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1 tsp. Vanilla

Cook zucchini in lemon juice until tender. Add 1 cup sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. Simmer.


4 cups Flour
2 cups Sugar
½ tsp. Salt
1 ½ cups Butter (3 Sticks!!!!)

Mix flour, sugar, salt, and cut in butter. Put ½ of crumb mix in bottom of greased 9x13 pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.


Add ½ cup of crumb mix to zucchini to thicken, and simmer while the crust cooks.

Pour zucchini mixture on top of cooked crust. Add 1 tsp. cinnamon to the rest of crumb mix and mix together and pour over zucchini. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes until bubbly.

and if you are wondering:

Yes, i let the kids assume it was apple crisp.
No, i am not going to correct them.
and YES, this most definitely, when they find out the truth, will go into their mental folders of "things i will tell my therapist" when they will feel the need to go to one in like 25 years.

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Karin van Dam said...

Oh wow, that looks delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Karin van Dam said...

I forgot that I wanted to say more than that. I guess that yummy picture made my mind wander for a moment ;-)

I think rituals are very nice and important, especially for little ones indeed. I notice that my children do better when they know what to expect and besides that: It's fun to build rituals together, to look forward to fun things to come, to enjoy those little things that are typical for a family.

Whitney said...

Love, love, love all the traditions! Although we do not yet have children, I was thinking this weekend I would really like to have great conference weekend traditions so my kids will look forward to that weekend--do you have any conference weekend traditions to make the weekend one your family looks forward to?

Heleen said...

It looks like apple crumble, seems like a delicious recipe!

onlymehere said...

Is there more to this recipe? Don't you bake it? I think my family would love this but I was wondering if you left part out. Cindy

Lewaina@cliffsideranch said...

Good for you guys! Family traditions are glue that holds families together! Amazing things really can be done with ginormous zucchini huh. :-) ♥
oh ya, the tooth fairly is always lurpy at our house as well.....I've know her to be a week late! lol

Nedra said...

I thought I'd heard it all, but not Zucchini Crisp! Once when we were newly married I made a mock apple pie out of Ritz crackers and it tasted just like apple pie. Sounds like this one can be masked also.

Kathleen Grace said...

This is a new one for me, zucchini crisp!? Now I wish our zucchini plant was still cranking out zucchini. I HAVE to try this out on some unsuspecting soul, lol.

Anonymous said...

This was a really sweet post!!! Makes me want more conscious of the rituals I am doing with my girls and may not even know it. I will have to pay close attention so I remember to do them. HA!

Mindy said...

I love your traditions! We have a lot of the same ones, including the tooth fairy one... ;)

Did you get the camera bag? Does it work?

Busy Little Quilter said...

The zuchinni crisp sounds good. I'll have to try it out on my company that's coming to visit me this weekend.

My kids loved tradtions, too, even though they are much older than yours. Every once in a while I'll think "they're too old for this". For example: baking and decorating Halloween cookies. I'll invite my grandkids over to decorate cookies, and my kids are decorating them, too.

We did a tradition yesterday. I blogged about it. It's something we do every year to remember my mother, who passed away 20 years ago. It's not sad, it's just my way of keeping my mom's memory alive.

Audrie said...

Oooh it looks and sounds good! Never tried it before but I might have to! Love that the kids can't taste the difference hehe

mom2three said...

You're trying to make me actually cook aren't you? Delicious looking photo, and telling me your kids ate it... who will be there to pick me up when I've messed up the entire kitchen, baked my heart out and the 3 little people say "I'm not trying THAT".

Enjoy those good kids of yours :)

Ana said...

Zucchini Crisp...really? I love apple crisp, but I have never heard of zucchini crisp. Intresting. I'm going to definitely have to give it a try. Really? Zucchini Crisp! I'm trusting you that it tastes good. :-D Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. Have an awesome day.

Smiles and Hugs,

Kari Sweeten said...

K, that looks good! I'm totally trying it!

Anonymous said...

This is a favorite at our house too! I've even served it to guests and everyone loves it.

pinkdaydreams said...

We must have the same loopy Tooth Fairy. Want to go in together and get him a GPS?

Rachel Berry said...

I have the Pie version of this, thanks to the good ol' Mormon Cookbook! It's called Mystery Pie and it's ever so flipping yummy!

Rachel Berry said...

I also make a sweet Relish from Zucchini and it's SOOOOO GOOD! It's uses 12 cups of Zucchini a great way to use all that Z. stash!

Marie said...

Ha, that is way to funny! Our tooth fairy forgets to come also. Zack said, "The Tooth Fairy left me a note. She will be at a meeting for the next few days." What the heck, We have no idea who left it...

*katie said...

Ooo, that looks good! Can't wait to try it!
We've started a new tradition of making scones every General Conference...our kids are still little, but as they get older I want them to look forward to GC and the scones that accompany it!

Shannon said...

I think I would eat anything if it was paired with Crisp! Seriously we all love it. I'll have to give this a go. Traditions are like glue in families, love them. You have great ones going in yours!

dana said...

so yummy! When I saw your pics of Zucchini the other reminded me of our Bishop's wife in our old ward who made Zucchini pie (tasted like apple pie). I thought it was good/yummy. But I thought, why not just use apples? I guess we you have a garden boiling over with zucchini you use those instead! Great pictures. Yummmmy.

dana said...

"when" not "we"

Des said...

i'm so glad that you liked the recipe! thanks for the shout out, i feel so famous! ;)

zippy said...

Yum-o! Thanks for sharing. I think my favorite part is that the kids ate it, liked it, and didn't know the difference! Makes me wish I had some garden-fresh zucchini...guess store bought might work. : )

I feel strongly that traditions are very important. We are trying to instill some with our young family. Friday night movie and pizza night is a fun one we like. Another one of our traditions, like yours is...the toothfairy taking her sweet-time getting here! : ) Have to say, I like the note left at Marie's house..."at a meeting for the next few days"...perhaps something along those lines will make an appearance at our house in the near future. : )

Keep up the good work V!

Dogwood said...

Oh, wow...I need to try that! Sounds odd and looks good and if it fooled your kids I am sure it will fool me. Thanks...

Kellie said...

Oh Yum! And much props to you on traditions, they are sooo important. Just think of what our lives would be without them. :)

Jared and Delia said...

You are such a good mom. I like your traditions.

Unknown said...

Ha! i might almost try that! what they don't looks yummy!

happy zombie said...

You sooooo had me at 3 sticks of butter. I am soooo going to try this! I when I say try this... I don't mean ME in the KITCHEN at that box thing that gets hot... I mean you brignin' it to the slumber party! Right? Right!

Busy Little Quilter said...

I'm glad to see you're a cool girl like me being a NMG! I wish we really were having a slumber party at Monica's!

Nishant said...

Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. Have an awesome day.

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Cindy said...

That looks and sounds delicious! Think it would also work passing it off as apple to my husband? He's got a thing against zucchini! But he also will not touch soy milk but didn't seem to mind it in the corn muffins. Oh, that's only because I didn't mention it. lol

Leila said...

I made the zucchini crisp on Friday! It really did taste like apples. I couldn't keep it a secret though. I only let my husband take two bites before bursting out, "It's zucchini!" I think I am going to try it in a regular pie crust this week - that crumb was VERY rich. Thanks!

ellsworth family said...

I love traditions! I have been needing an apple pie filling recipe and I am sooo excited to try this one. I love canning more and more every time I pull my beauties out of the canner and set them on the counter. My family will love me for this! Yum!!!

an encourager said...

You are full of IT - fun and ideas!!! I might not ever get anything tried out because I am having too much fun on your site! Thanks for the zuke crisp recipe. I have a booklet full of yummer recipes for those green wonders that we eat all summer. This might be the yummiest by far. And, it reminds me of Laura Ingalls' mom when she used some squash to make Pa an "apple" pie. Uh huh... she did it, too.... and Laura never needed therapist...though she did write a lot, which is very therapeutic!

Beach Hendersons said...

I've always been intrigued by all the zucchini recipes.

Can you taste the zucchini?

Is it being used for it's taste or does it blend into any flavor?

I see chocolate zucchini cakes all the time and have always wondered.

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