Some of my best memories are when my mother would make her old fashioned apple crisp recipe, filling the house with the smell of cinnamon. Since I had watched my grandmother make this homemade wonder as well, I assumed it was the same recipe handed down over years. As it turns out, my mom had her own version that was slightly different than grandmothers. Even though apple crisp has been found in cookbooks since 1924, I've never known two people to make it exactly the same way. The principal is the same, though baked apples smothered in a crispy cinnamon crust.
No matter whose recipe you use, this favorite dessert is easy to make much easier than making an apple pie or cobbler. There is no crust to struggle over and after the apples are peeled and sliced, it takes about 10 minutes to make.
6 tart green apples like Granny Smith
6 sweet, crisp apples like Braeburn
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup of 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 butter, softened
1. Peel, core, and slice the apples.
2. Combine apples in a large bowl with the teaspoon of vanilla.
3. Mix together the flour, oatmeal, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar.
4. Add the softened butter to the dry mixture and cut it in using two knives until it is crumbly.
5. Pour the apples into a 9 x 13-inch baking dish that has been coated with cooking spray.
6. Spread the topping evenly over the top, making sure it covers the apples well.
7. Bade at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes and the apples are tender.
8. Serve warm with ice cream or whip cream.
The great thing about an old fashioned apple crisp recipe is that there are a lot of little changes you can make to make it stand out from the typical apple crisp. For this recipe, replace about 1/3 of the apples with an equal amount of cranberries for an apple cranberry crisp. There is other fruit you can substitute for the apples. You can use half apple and half peach or half blackberry. Once you are an apple crisp expert, experiment with the type of apple you use - all tart green apples or all sweet. Just make sure they are crispy. A soft apple makes an apple crisp a little mushy.
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