I think one of the best smells of fall (or any time of the year really) is apple pie or crisp baking in the oven. Don’t you agree? There is just something about walking into your house and smelling the apples and cinnamon baking away. . .it’s heavenly!
I have always loved apple crisp and a couple months ago my friend Andrea brought some to an open house. After helping myself to two servings of it, I begged her for the recipe. Ok, I didn’t really have to beg, she gladly gave it to me. She said it was the recipe she got in high school Home Ec. class. When she sent me a copy of the recipe I had to laugh because she still has the original recipe she wrote on an index card in high school. She had some pretty sweet handwriting back then :).
Anyway, this is currently my favorite apple crisp, seriously. The topping is sweet, crunchy and so, so good. Andrea and I completely think alike because told me she always doubles the topping when she makes it. . .I totally would have done that even if she hadn’t suggested it.
Make sure you serve this up with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream! The caramel sauce is strictly optional, but highly recommened. I used my homemade caramel sauce and oh my heck, this one of the best desserts ever!
Thanks Andrea for sharing!
- 4 cups sliced tart apples (I use granny smith)
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- Topping (*See Note):
- 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp. ground nutmeg (I use freshly ground)
- 1/3 cup butter , softened
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Place apples in a medium bowl and gently toss with cinnamo and sugar. Arrange in an 8x8 pan.
Combine brown sugar, flour, oatmeal, cinnamon, nutmeg and stir until combine. Add butter and stir until combined and mixture is "clumpy." (You can also do this in an electric mixer, just combine ingredients on low speed).
Evenly spread oatmeal mixture over apples and bake 30-40 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender.
Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.
I double the topping recipe because that is my favorite part of fruit crisps. If you prefer less topping then just follow the recipe as I have written it. But I highly recomment doubling the topping.
Recipe Source: Slightly adapated from my friend Andrea (Just added a little cinnamon and sugar to the apples before putting them in the pan.)
I linked up at Buns in My Oven