I'm always having the discussion with my mister about the old saying "done is better than perfect".  The thing is I'm particular so I want perfect, but time is not always on my side.  I own my own business, I'm a mom and I'm happiest when I'm being social and getting my quota of grownup social time too.  In my wise oldish age I've discovered picking my battles wisely will allow me all my wants without compromise on my quest for perfection.

The holidays are here and there is no more challenging time of year for us social butterflies.  I've been fine-tuning my hostess skills the past few years and now happily opt for quick and delicious over laborious and boujie.  With that I give you my 5-Minute dessert that I assure you will still have your guests green with envy at your kitchen prowess.

I'm a bit of a kitchen tool snob, don't judge me, it's my job to make the world a 50/50 split between form and function.  All of the accoutrement used and pictured in this recipe are from www.LeeValley.com.  

Without further adieu, here is one of my favourite dinner party desserts.  The beautiful thing about these is that you can prep a bunch in advance (only takes about 5 minutes to prepare) and keep them in the fridge.  When you're 45 minutes out from serving them, pop them in the oven and relax as the house starts to smell delicious and you can be chatting with guests while the oven does the work.

5-Minute Individual Apple Crisps

HANDY TOOLS  - A few timesavers I used here & love. Follow the links to view full details online.
Measuring Spoons   $15.95, Lee Valley
Lee Valley Apple Peeler   $34.50, Lee Valley  - This thing blows my mind.  It peels, cores and slices the apples for you in 30 seconds flat!
Measuring Cups   $24.50, Lee Valley
Mixing Bowl   $29.50, Lee Valley


INGREDIENTS - Per 1 Serving
1 medium apple, peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon quinoa or all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter (can substitute coconut oil for a vegan option)
2 tablespoons quick-cooking oats
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

DIRECTIONS -  Prep Time: 5 Minutes  |  Baking Time: 35 Minutes
Peel and slice apples and set aside.  Grease individually-sized baking dishes and fill just shy of the top with the sliced apples. In a mixing bowl, combine flour and brown sugar.  I used quinoa flour but any type will do. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add quick oats and cinnamon. Sprinkle over apple slices. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until tender. 

The Lee Valley holiday catalogue is a cornucopia of handy, makers movement and down right adorable gift and hosting ideas.

Have a gander online here>


This post was sponsored by Lee Valley Tools, however I do authentically use and love all of these products!