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Classic Apple Crisp for Thanksgiving

[Photograph: Carolyn Cope]

Every November, I inadvertently put the innermost workings of my mental and emotional states on display for the public in the form of our Thanksgiving menu. Am I feeling restless, maybe a little bored with life? Here's turkey mole and a sweet potato salad with chili-lime dressing. Getting all ambitious and secretly trying to take over the world? May I present you with blue ribbon Roast Turkey with Prosciutto-Hazelnut Crust? Feeling slightly unhinged and craving the comforts of home? (Who, me? What, now?) Then it's pure American tradition all the way.

This Thanksgiving we'll be doing our best to replicate a bustling American family gathering from across the Atlantic, in a city which, for all its charms, possibly does not contain a single residential oven large enough to accommodate a heritage turkey. Once again, the contents of my soul will be on display at the table.

The stuffing will be from the Silver Palate. The green beans will be cooked just the way Grandma makes them. And dessert will be the most perfect, uncomplicated apple crisp for which you could ever give thanks. Whether or not your own Thanksgiving table has psychoanalytic implications, if you're searching for classic apple desserts to please a crowd, this is the one.

About the author: Carolyn Cope is the voice behind the popular food blog Umami Girl. A recent transplant to London, she's trying her best to act nonchalant in the company of courgettes and aubergines. Find her on Facebook and Twitter.

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