ModernHostess: An Apple a Day…
As you may know if you read my previous post, I am in love with all things fall. It’s still warm enough to enjoy being outside, the foliage is mesmerizing, and (my favourite part), there is so much delicious produce in season. Perhaps the most famous of these is the noble, wonderful apple. Sure, you can get apples all year round, but they definitely taste best in fall, and you can find the most variety in this peak season.
Apples are incredibly versatile. Slice them up and eat them raw (dipped in peanut butter = delicious). Bake them, either on their own or in one of the many brilliant desserts it has appeared in. Simmer them in some butter, sugar and a dash of cinnamon for an unexpected side dish. Add them to soups; they act as a sweet thickener.
What a wonderful world of apples! My favourites are Galas, which are sweet and crisp. If I’m baking, I use Cortland or Empire, which are pretty firm apples that hold their shape in the oven. Granny Smith are also good for baking, but I find them a bit sour, so I mix them with sweeter apples like McIntosh or Honeycrisp.
A crisp (or crumble) is my favourite apple dessert, mostly because it’s brutally easy to make. No need for a crust (like the kind of time-consuming but always delicious pie), and you can totally freestyle it. I often don’t even measure my ingredients… I just taste along the way to make sure it’s good! I also vary it with different spices, like cinnamon or nutmeg, and I add a crunch factor with rolled oats or chopped almonds. Check out my recipe below. Enjoy!
Crunchy Apple Crisp
- 3 apples, peeled and cored
- 1 lemon
- 1 or 2 tbsp sugar (if desired)
- ½ cup butter (1 stick), unsalted
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup flour
The following items are optional:
- 1/4 cup almonds, chopped
- 1/4 rolled oats
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of nutmeg
- Cut apples into chunks, squeezing lemon on them as you go so that they don’t turn brown. Add sugar, if desired. Spread in greased 9×9 baking pan.
- Combine butter, brown sugar, flour and any or all of the optional ingredients until crumbly, and spread on top of apple mixture. If butter is too soft (ie- mixture looks more like dough than crumbs), place mixture in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Using your fingers, crumble mixture on top of apples.
- Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes, or until apples are tender.
- Serve at room temperature or warmed, with vanilla ice cream, if desired.