apple crisp

My go-to dessert is apple crisp. I’ve always loved apple pie, thanks to my Gram, who was the apple pie queen!  But making crusts can be time consuming. Apple crisp gives me the flavors I crave, in a fraction of the time.

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Apple Crisp

In a baking dish (tonight I used an 8×8 foil pan, since this dessert was being delivered to a friend’s house), put 1 tablespoon flour, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and a hearty amount of cinnamon.

Peel and slice 3 granny smith apples, one at a time. As you slice each one, put the slices directly into the baking dish and gently stir to cover them with the flour/sugar/cinnamon mixture (this will prevent the apple slices from turning brown as you continue slicing the next one).

In a microwave safe bowl, melt 1/4 cup butter (make sure you don’t boil it … just get it to the soft melted stage). Stir into the butter 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup oats and 1 teaspoon (or more) cinnamon. Also shake in a bit of nutmeg — but not too much! Stir well to combine.

Distribute this mixture evenly to cover the sliced apples.

Bake, uncovered, at 350F for about 40 minutes. Use a fork to determine if the apples are tender. If not, return it to the oven for an additional 5-15 minutes, until the apples are tender. Be careful not to burn the topping! Place foil on top to prevent that, if extra cooking time is needed.

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or without (but really, I highly suggest serving it with the vanilla ice cream … and a cup of coffee). And you know what, it’s pretty darn good cold too.

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