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Apple Crisp + Crisp Autumn Day=Perfection!

October 24, 2009

Macintosh

Fall is definitely in the air in my neck of the woods and to me, that means a crackling wood fire and the aroma of Cinnamon Apple Crisp wafting through the house. It’s one of my autumn rituals.  I only make it once a year on a crisp sunny day in October.  Don’t ask me why,  cuz’ I don’t know why.  It is what it is, and that’s just what I do.   My kids  know I only make it once a year in October, and they all start watching the weather channel around the 5th looking for the first 65 degree day.  Yep, they love apple crisp almost as much as I do.

So, today was the day.  I made the apple crisp, and hubby built the fire. We all sat around the hearth warming our cockles (does anyone know what a cockle is?) eating our apple crisp buried under mounds of creamy vanilla ice cream.  This year was particularly exciting because  our 16 month old grandson got his very first taste of the crunchy, juicy, bubbly sweetness.  He was not disappointed.  As a matter of fact, he took his first bite and giggled which cracked us all up.  It’s good to laugh when eating apple crisp.

I can tell you truthfully–If I die tonight, I will die a happy girl.

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A  few tips to make your apple crisp even more delicious.

1. The best Apple Crisp is always made in the Fall.  Why?  Because that’s when the apples are best, silly!

2. Use a mixture of apples for the most exquisite taste. I like a mix of 1/2 Granny Smith, 1/4 Macintosh, and 1/4 Gala for a good mix of tart and sweet.  I always use at least 1/2 Granny Smith cuz’ they are so juicy and tart.

granny smith

Granny Smith

Macintosh

Macintosh

Gala

Gala

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5.  For extra crunchy toppings use regular cooking oats.

6. For added flavor add 1/2-1 cups chopped pecans to the topping.

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APPLE CRISP

Start with 5 cups sliced apples (4-5 medium whole apples)  If only using one variety of apple, Granny Smith works well.

apple time

peel em’, core em’, and slice em’ about 1/4″ or less  thick

lightened slice the apples

Put 2/3 cups sugar, 3 tablespoons flour, and 1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon in a large bowl.  Mix with a wire whisk.

lightened mix for apples

Add the sliced apples and combine thoroughly before transferring to a 13 x 9 baking dish.  Sprinkle any leftover sugar mix over the apples.  MMMMM. Don’tcha wish your smeller could reach through your computer bout’ now?

lightened prepared apples

Put 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, 1 3/4 cups  flour, and 2 cups oats in a bowl. (I use the one I mixed the  apples in. I hate washing dishes!)  This is where you would add the chopped pecans if you were so inclined.  Mix with  1 cup melted butter  til crumbly.  Spread over the apples in the pan.

lightened spread over the apples

Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes or until apples are fork tender and bubbly, and the top is a crunchy brown. (Is crunchy brown a color?)

lightened brown crunchy topping

Just look at all the pretty colors the different varieties of  cooked apples made!  Serve warm….

lightened apple crisp

With a big scoop of ice cream. (the full bodied kind–no light, no ice-milk, and no sugar free allowed!)

lightened scoop of ice cream

And don’t give a second thought to the fact you have to lose 10 lbs by Friday for your 30 year class reunion. You didn’t want to go anyway.

llightened bite

Apple Crisp

Ingredients

5 c. sliced apples, (4-5  medium apples)

2/3 c sugar

3 T flour

1 heaping tsp cinnamon

1 ½ c lt. or dk. brown sugar

1 ¾ c flour

2 c quick or regular oats

1 c butter, melted

1/2-1 c. chopped pecans, (optional)

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Directions

In a large bowl, mix together 2/3 c sugar, 3 T flour and cinnamon.  Add sliced apples and mix well.  Transfer to 13 x 9 baking dish.

In the same bowl, mix together 1 1/2 c. brown sugar, 1 3/4 c. flour and 2 c. oats. Add 1 cup melted butter and mix til crumbly.  Sprinkle over apples in baking dish.  Dish will be very full.  Bake at 350 for 50-60 min. or til apples are tender and bubbly, and topping is browned.  Serve warm with ice cream.

Serves 10 (or 6 if you and your family are pigs like mine)

Sometimes I double this recipe and use a 15×11 glass baking dish for the above reason.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. niecey456 permalink
    October 27, 2009 7:04 pm

    MMMMMMMMmmmmmmm………………………. I think I actually did smell that through the computer! 🙂 I’m going to try this one. Sounds so good, and looks good too. Thanks for sharing!

  2. itsamysterytome permalink*
    October 28, 2009 9:58 am

    It is good, niecey. It’s a party in your tummy, and it makes your house smell sooooo goooood.

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