There is nothing more enjoyable than a bowl of warm apple crisp in the fall. Imagine if you made it a month ago and all you had to do was pop it into the oven and smell the cinnamon flooding your kitchen. This is what I do when I have a bushel of apples from the Farmer’s Market. I peel, slice and core a bunch at one time and make a double batch of this apple crisp. We enjoy one now and freeze an unbaked one for later.
- 8-9 cups peeled, cored and sliced apples (about 7-8 apples) we like the Rome apples and the Farmer’s Mkt size equal 5-6 because they are huge
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice (I leave out if I’m cooking right away or I use if I’m freezing it)
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour (I like King Arthur or Eagle Mills)
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (quick oats work too)
- 1/3 cup raw sugar (which I would leave out if you are using Rome, tart apples might require this)
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup cold, butter, cut up into 1/4 inch chunks (1 stick)
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional but rich in Omega 3
- Heat oven to 375.
- Spread apples in a 9×13 casserole.
- Sprinkle lemon juice over if desired.
- Combine topping ingredients and toss. Add butter and use your fingers to rub in the butter until you have pea size crumbs (like homemade biscuits)
- Mix in walnuts if desired or throw on top.
- Spread the topping evenly over apples and press down gently with palm of hand.
- Bake 45-50 minutes until juice is bubbling around edges.
- Or crock apples only on low 3-4 hours. Add the topping the last cooking hour.
Serve with real vanilla ice cream, whipped topping or a splash of half and half if you want a real treat or eat this plain for a nutritious breakfast with scrambled eggs. Enjoy!
Don’t forget to double bubble and make 2. You can freeze this crisp. Thaw the night before and increase your baking time to one hour. I made 4 loaf pans (more to give away) from one recipe. Several to give away and several to keep:)
Your pan might look like this and smell like cinnamon when you’re done! What’s your favorite way to eat apples?