BioCurious Cookbook: Ivory Tower Crumble

ivory_tower_crumblePaywalls for academic research, expensive reagents, million dollar DNA sequencers. Modern science is often called an ivory tower, high up in the sky where the secrets to truth lay inaccessible to everyday curiosity.

Today, the ivory tower is beginning to change, with low cost open source biotech equipment, biotech hackerspaces like BioCurious, and more scientists publishing their research in open-access journals like PLOS.

Now, like Godzilla, dash the Ivory Tower with your spoon and put it in your belly.


2 lbs. tart green cooking apples, peeled, cored and sliced

1/4 c. apple cider
3/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch of salt
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter
Ivory-colored Vanilla ice cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place apples in shallow 2 quart casserole or baking dish. Pour cider over.

Combine flour, both sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in medium bowl. Cut in butter using pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture is crumbly. Feel like a badass for using 2 knives at once. Spread over apples.

Bake until apples are tender and topping is light brown, 40 to 45 minutes. Taste when hot and burn your tongue. Serve at “gobbling temperature” aka warm.

Important: Ivory Tower:

Top with ice cream in a tower shape. Eat 4 to 6 servings yourself to be a better scientist.

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