It's Fall - apple season is upon us! My home state of Washington is bustin' loose with apples of every variety - crispy, juicy, vibrant with color. Now is the perfect time to make my Grandma's recipe for Hot Apple Crisp. This tried and true recipe has been handed down and down and down through our family and passed on to our friend's that appreciate the taste AND the ease of this 6 ingredient dessert. From prep to plate in less then an hour too. An honest to goodness comfort food waiting to be eaten!
4 to 5 apples - peel, core, and coarsely chop
2 tablespoon flour
3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
*Spices to taste
1/2 cup butter - room temp
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9x13 baking pan with cooking oil. Toss coarsely chopped apples with 2 T flour and add to baking pan. In another bowl mix in all remaining ingredients, except the room temp butter. With clean hands- this is how Grandma Katie did it - mix in the butter until all ingredients are coated and there are no chunks of butter in the apple crisp topping. Spread evenly on top of the apples and place in preheated oven. Bake for 35 - 40 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes, if you can stand it ;) Top with vanilla ice cream, homemade whipped cream, or pour in a few tablespoons of half&half. Enjoy your fresh baked comfort food - Hot Apple Crisp!
*Spices you can add include; cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom (my all time fave!), allspice, pumpkin pie spice. Try 1/8 to 1/2 teaspoon depending on how many spices you are going to add to the apple crisp topping.
Best baking apples: Jonagold, Braeburn, Granny Smith, Rome, Gala, Winesap. Ask your local apple farmer for more ideas.
Toss in 1/4 cup dried fruit with the coarsely chopped apples; raisins, dried bing cherries, dates, figs, your favorite.
Till next time.