Fall is not only a beautiful time of year, but it's also delicious. One of my favorite things to make this time of year is of course apple crisp. There are many other apple recipes that I've been wanting to try but for some reason I just love the combination of the apples and the oat topping in an apple crisp. Heat it up and add some ice cream or whipped cream and I'm in love!
I've never had an apple crisp turn out bad, but I'm a little worried about the oven in our soon to be new traveling home. I use my oven quite a bit for cooking and I love to bake, but I've heard some not-so-great things about the ovens not heating properly or not getting hot enough and things just not turning out good. I've also heard some tips and tricks to getting the most out of the little ovens, so I'll be trying out those tips in the future on my current go-to recipes.
In the meantime, I thought I'd share some of our favorite recipes that I've made in our sticks and bricks home. I'll be sharing more as we go along so stay tuned!
Let’s Get This Party Started
The first ingredient in an apple crisp is none other than…you guessed it…apples. Ha ha…but in all seriousness, what kind of apples work best? I think it really comes down to your own personal taste. I’ve heard many people say that Granny Smith is best because they’re more of a tart flavor than sweet. This time I made it with Honeycrisp because, well they were on sale. I don’t particularly want to spend $2.99 on apples…ever…and usually Honeycrisps are one of the higher priced apples so when I saw they were on sale, I reached for them first.
The first step is to preheat your oven to 350F and butter an 8x8 or 9x9 baking pan. Then, core, peel and evenly slice your apples and place them in a medium mixing bowl. I’ve also seen other recipes where they say to chop the apples, but I have yet to try that. I’m not sure why I haven’t tried it yet though because sometimes the large slices of apple are a bit much for me. I’ll try chopping next time to see if I like it better.
Next, add ½ cup granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and 1 teaspoon cinnamon to the apples and mix them well until all of the apples are coated evenly. Spread the mixture into the buttered baking pan.
Let’s Mix It Up - The Best Part
I’ve always liked the “crisp” part of the Apple Crisp the most…maybe it’s because I’m a carb lover, but a big part of why I love this recipe is that it has oatmeal in it as well as flour. I think it’s the texture as well as the flavor that the oats give it. It’s just…yummy. And this recipe…has extra “crisp”. Yes, please!
In another medium sized bowl, combine 1 cup flour, 1 cup packed brown sugar,
1 cup quick cooking oatmeal,
and 1/2 cup melted butter
and mix until crumbly.
Sprinkle the oat mixture on top of the apples and pop it in the oven for 45 minutes.
Time To Dig In
The smell of apples, cinnamon and oats wafting through my house was enough to make everyone come running. Of course, we had to let it cool for about 15 minutes before cutting it up. Eat it plain or add some whipped cream or ice cream and devour!
This apple crisp turned out delicious, but next time I make it, I think I’ll try a combination of a sweeter apple and Granny Smith to see how I like it. Although, it’s always hard to make that decision unless you have a side-by-side comparison, so maybe I have another post to write soon… In the meantime, enjoy this version with whatever apples you like and let me know what kind you prefer and what you like to top your apple crisp with.
Apple Crisp Recipe
6 large apples (most varieties work but I use Honey Crisp or Fuji), cored, peeled and sliced thinly
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup quick cooking oatmeal
1 cup flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1. Preheat oven to 350. Butter a 8x8 or 9x9 baking pan.
2. Core, peel and slice apples thinly. To ensure even baking, make sure apples are similarly sliced. Place in medium to large size bowl.
3. Add the following to the apples: 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Mix well until apples are coated evenly. Place apple mixture into prepared baking pan.
4. Combine the following in a medium bowl: 1 cup flour, 1 cup packed brown sugar, 1 cup quick cooking oatmeal, and 1/2 cup melted butter. Mix well until crumbly. Sprinkle mixture over the top of the apple mixture.
5. Bake for 45 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes and serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream or by itself. Cover and refrigerate leftovers or keep them on the counter for one week.
Makes 9 servings.