One of the best things about Autumn or Fall, are the bountiful crops of apples to be had. This is the time when all those lovely fragrant apple blossoms of spring make way for the gorgeous, red, green or yellow apples that we use for delicious desserts or for eating out of hand. Fresh apples snap as you bite into them and the flavor is unbeatable. If anything could make them better, it’s when they’re seasoned with butter, cinnamon and brown sugar and baked into a luscious dessert, like my Apple Crisp Recipe.
This recipe is one of my favorite desserts of the season and evidently, a lot of other folks too. A friend of mine a few years ago, when invited to dinner at my house, queried “Will there be apple crisp?” and was very disappointed when I had to say no. It’s a perennial favorite for everyone. So here’s my Apple Crisp Recipe, and yes, I did bake one for him eventually.
This is quite possibly one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make and because of that you may make it several times this Autumn. This recipe only makes an 8″ square baking dish so if you plan on serving more than five people, you should double the recipe and put it in a 9X13-inch baking dish. Put it in the oven and let it bake while you’re finishing up preparations for your meal. Serve it warm, with a dollop of whipped cream, or a scoop of French Vanilla ice cream. Mmmmmmm!
Apple Crisp Recipe
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 30-45 minutes
Yields: 4-5 servings
- 5 peeled sliced apples
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In an 8-inch baking dish, mix peeled, chopped apples with lemon juice, coating apples well. This is to keep them from browning before they’re baked.
- In a large bowl, place oats, brown sugar, salt, flour and cinnamon (if using.)
- Using your clean hands, work butter into the oats and brown sugar mixture until it is crumbly and well combined.
- Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over apples and bake about 30-45 minutes or until apples are tender. The crispy oatmeal streusel is the “crisp” part of the Apple Crisp.
- Serve warm plain, or with whipped cream or ice cream.
If you really love apples and the wonderful things you can do with them, here are three books I recommend. One has 12 recipes and wonderful crafts to be done with an apple theme, plus some fun facts about apples. The others are simply wonderful apple recipes. Good to have one or more of these on hand for those days when you have a basket of apples you don’t want to go to waste.