Maybe you can remember that wonderful aroma that filled the house when you were little after your mom put that homemade apple crisp in the oven to bake. I always thought that this tasty delight was a magnificent secret recipe that had been in our family for generations. Surely, the early settlers must have known how to make apple crisp. Surprisingly, the first time this showed up in a cookbook was in 1924. As it turns out, this fall favorite is simply baked apples covered with a cinnamony crispy crust.
You may think that no dessert this good could possibly be easy to make. Some people confuse a crisp with an apple cobbler that is basically a pie with only a top crust. The great thing about an apple crisp recipe is that is so much easier to make than a cobbler or an apple pie. There are likely as many different apple crisp recipes as there are folks who eat them. You can’t go wrong with this one.
6 Granny Smith apples
6 McIntosh apples
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
2 cups rolled oats
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1-1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar
1-1/2 cups softened butter
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Place peeled, cored, and sliced apples in a large bowl and stir in the vanilla, combining well.
3. In another bowl combine the flour, oatmeal, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar.
4. Using a knife cut the butter into the mixture until it is crumbly.
5. Pour the apples into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish that has been greased or sprayed with cooking spray.
6. Cover the apples with the flour and oatmeal mixture.
7. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until the apples are bubbly and tender.
How To Spice Up You Apple Crisp
There is a lot you can do to spice up a standard apple crisp recipe. The addition of another fruit is a fairly common variation. Two favorite additions are the peach and the blackberry. Instead of all apples you can use both apples and cranberries at a ratio of 3 cups to 2 for a delicious apple cranberry crisp.
Once you are confident you know how to make an apple crisp, you can experiment with the apples you use. If you prefer a more tart apple crisp, use all Granny Smith apples. You can also use 6 Granny Smith combined with a crisp sweet apple like Gala or Braeburn.
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