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zapple crunch (zucchini/apple)

(2 ratings)
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Not Far From Green Bay, WI

Zapple Crunch is a recipe that I've been making since the 1980's, whenever someone would leave a 5 or 6 pound zucchini on my doorstep. To be honest, I actually prefer this to its cousin, Apple Crunch. It's sweet, it's salty, it's buttery and it pairs perfectly with a hot cup of coffee or a cold glass of milk. Good recipes stand the test of time. This is one of them. Enjoy!

(2 ratings)
yield 12 serving(s)
prep time 30 Min
cook time 1 Hr
method Bake

Ingredients For zapple crunch (zucchini/apple)

  • 8 c. seeded, sliced zucchini (slice as you would for apple pie)
  • 2/3 c. apple juice
  • 1 tb. lemon juice
  • 1 c. sugar, white or brown
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 4 c. flour
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 1/2 c. margarine or butter
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

How To Make zapple crunch (zucchini/apple)

  • Adding crust mixture to pan.
    Preheat oven to 350°. Butter a 9x13 pan well. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine crust ingredients. Using your hands, mix well until it resembles coarse crumbs, breaking up any clumps. Set aside.
  • Sliced zucchini ready to cook.
    Peel and seed your zucchini. Cut into slices, as you would for apple pie. (Be sure to remove the spongy area around the seeds.)
  • 3
    Place zucchini slices, apple juice and lemon juice in a large, deep soup kettle. Bring to a low boil, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.
  • 4
    Lower heat. Then add sugar and cinnamon. Bring back up to a simmer and cook for 5 more minutes. Turn off heat.
  • Cooked zucchini slices.
    Pat a little more than half of the crumb mixture into the bottom of the pan. Pre-bake crust for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and pour zucchini and its sauce evenly onto crumbs. (May seem a little watery, but that's ok.) Top loosely with remaining crumbs, spreading evenly.
  • 6
    Bake at 350° until lightly golden, approximately 40-45 minutes. Don't over bake. When done, sprinkle with sugar or top with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, if desired.