When you have a taste for an apple dessert, try an apple crisp. The apples provide a juicy and delicious foundation and the topping, crisp and brimming with butter, oats and cinnamon provide a crunchy contrast. Serve with good vanilla ice cream and you’ve got a great dessert in no time!
Yield: 8 Servings
¾ cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
¼ cup dark brown sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 stick of butter (8 tablespoons), cold & cut in cubes
1 cup of old-fashioned oats (not the quick cooking type)
3 lbs of apples, I prefer Golden Delicious, peeled and sliced
½ – ¾ cup granulated sugar (dependent on sweetness of apple)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
In a large bowl, mix the flour, brown sugar and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar. With a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut the butter into the flour mixture, a small bit at a time, until it resembles coarse meal. Add in the oats and with your hands, mix in the oats. The mixture will be lumpy. Place bowl in the freezer to chill while preparing the apples.
In another bowl, mix in the apples, lemon juice, remainder of granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and cinnamon. Mix well and let rest for about 5 minutes, so the apples juices have time to mesh with the sugar and cinnamon. Place mixture in a shallow 2 quart baking pan and place just the apple mixture in the oven for about 10-15 minutes. This will allow the apples to get a head start on cooking, before you add the topping. After pre-cooking apples, remove pan from oven and carefully spoon the topping mixture over the apples and return to the oven for another 50-55 minutes, or until the apples are tender and the topping is golden brown. Remove from oven and serve while warm with a scoop of good vanilla ice cream.