My new release The Lynx and the Druidess is the fifth and final book in my Druidry and the Beast series. Each book takes place in Iron Age Britain among one of the tribes. The ancient Celts were self-sustainable and fully green. Each book is set during one of the Celtic festivals and the Lynx and the Druidess takes place during Lughnasa. That is the harvest festival held around this time of the year, in August. Fruit picking is a wonderful Lughnasa family activity. And, there is a lot of bilberry and apple picking going on in my book. Here in Texas, where I live, apples are available for picking in August. You can also get them at all the grocery stores.
Here is a favorite recipe of mine for a yummy August or Lughnasa treat – Apple Crisp
Peel and chop or thinly slice 8 apples of your choice (Granny Smiths are recommended)
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Rub butter or use non-stick cooking spray on an 8” by 8” baking dish
Stir apples, a 3/4 tsp of cinnamon, Tbsp granulated sugar, and 1 1/2 tsp of lemon juice together in a bowl and pour into the baking dish.
For the topping, dice 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter into small cubes. In another bowl whisk the butter cubes, with 3/4 cup old fashioned oats, 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.
With a whisk, two forks, pastry cutter, or your clean hands cut the butter into the mix until it resembles pea-size crumbs.
Spread this over the apple mixture in the baking dish, patting softly to even it out.
Let it bake for 40-50 minutes, until golden brown.
You can add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whip cream and caramel sauce to each serving.