Apple Crisp

Fall is such a sensory season.  The sight and smell of falling leaves, the crunching sound they make under your feet.  The cool air, noticeably lighter and fresher than the long days of summer.  Seeing the dust kick up behind the combine and feeling the excitement of harvest season, the promise of holiday season just around the corner. *sigh* I don’t know anyone who doesn’t enjoy fall in some way or another.  One of my most favorite things to enjoy during this time of year is apples.  Big juicy apples!  I bought half a peck the other day and these lovely Granny Smith apples were begging me to do something special with them (digressing into dream world for a moment – when we get our own farm, I’m making sure to have at least an apple tree or two near the house.  Iowa grows great apples.).  I decided to turn them into an apple crisp. My step by step recipe is below (and, yes, I’m working on my food photography skills, but you get the picture…pun intended).  This recipe is a mish-mash of several recipes I have for apple crisp…and it’s great!  But don’t get caught up in the details – one thing I’ve learned about crisps is that exact measurements aren’t necessary, so have a little fun with it!

Here’s what you need:

  • 6 Granny Smith Apples (peeled, cored and sliced)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 heaping cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 melted butter…and maybe an extra tablespoon or two

First things first: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Before you peel the apples, combine the white sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and 1 tablespoon of flour in a bowl.  (To avoid browning of the fruit, I like to leave the cutting up of the apples until I’m ready to cover them with other ingredients)

Next peel, core and slice the apples.  So pretty!

Combine the sugar and spice mixture the apples, lightly stirring to cover all the apples.  Place in a baking dish.  Once in the baking dish, pour the water and lemon juice over the apples.  No need to mix if you pour uniformly over the top. 

For the crumbly topping (i.e. the best part), toss the oats, 1 cup flour, brown sugar baking soda, baking powder and melted butter together.  If you’re like me and prefer a little extra topping, add extra oats, a smidgen of flour and a couple more tablespoons of butter. (Photo is pre-butter, obviously).

Pour, sprinkle or dump the topping over the apples. Spread it around so the apples are all covered.

Pop the dish in your preheated oven (350 degrees) for about 45 minutes.

The result is a delicious smelling kitchen and this über yummy treat!  Add ice cream and a spoon….and enjoy!

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