Week 1: Apple Crisp

This recipe is a triple threat: easy, inexpensive, and it will make your whole house smell amazing.  The best part is that it is very versatile.  Substitute the apples for pears, peaches, or mixed berries… it all works!

Ingredients

for the filling:

  • 4 large baking apples (Empire, Rome, or similar)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

for the topping:

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats (not instant!)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 5 tbsp cold butter
  • 3 tbsp water

Preheat the oven to 350.  Quarter the apples, peel, and cut into chunks.  Arrange in an 8″ or 9″ baking dish or cake pan.  Toss with the cinnamon and sugar until well coated.

In a large bowl, measure out all of your dry ingredients.

Using your hands, stir all of the dry ingredients together.  Cut the butter into chunks over the dry mixture.  Work the butter in with your fingertips, pinching it into pea-sized bits as you mix.  It won’t be completely mixed in, but keep tossing lightly and pinching until all of the butter is incorporated.  Drizzle the cold water in, one tablespoon at a time,  and mix it very gently as if you were dressing a salad.  The end result should look like this:

Lightly crumble the topping onto the apples and bake for 45 minutes.   Serve with a little vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or enjoy plain. 

Adapted from this recipe: http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1737,154179-242196,00.html

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~ by slongcoat on January 8, 2011.

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