Sunday, November 30, 2008

Shannon's Apple Crisp

After picking 30Lbs of apples this fall, baked apples and apple crisp became a weekly affair. I tried a few different recipes, but in the end they all had too much butter, too much sugar, and too little oatmeal for my taste. Here is my Husband and Mother-in-law approved recipe...
( A mixture of Gala, Granny Smith, and Honey Crisp or other sweet-tart apples like Braeburn works great for this. Ann from Agri-berry recommends blending different apples together to create a more complex or less one dimensional flavor.)

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
For the Apples:
6 large to med. apples, cored, pealed and sliced into about 1/8inch thick pieces.
Cinnamon ( about 1tsp. be careful, too much and there is no going back)
Nutmeg (1/4-1/2 tsp)
Dark Brown Sugar, or Honey, or some of both.
Add a couple tablespoons of the sugar, sprinkle cinnamon all round and give dashes of nutmeg. (you can also add about 1/4 tsp of ginger if you like and about 1/2 cup rasins)
Truthfully I never measure this part. Just add the ingredients in small amounts, mix well, taste, and repeat until you enjoy the flavor. The apples should taste very good on there own, but be slightly tart.

For the Crumble: (This part is exact)
1 cup Oats slow cook (but not steal cut)
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 stick cold butter cut into small pieces
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts (optional)
You can use a food processor I am sure, but the way I do it is to put all the dry Crumble ingredients into one large bowl and mix them together. I then add the small pieces of cold butter, sprinkling them across the mixture in about 3 batches, working each wave of butter bits into the mixture by working them in with my fingers. You are squishing and separating the butter bits so that more and more surface area is coated and working it in until you have a nice crumbly texture. This really doesn't take long, no more than 5 min.

Spoon the apples into a pie dish, then using your hands put the crumble on top pressing it down slightly as you cover the entire surface of the apple mixture. In the end the crumble mixture is about 1/4 inch thick.

Bake for 1 hour (give or take depending upon your oven)
Cool some and enjoy! I light to eat mine with a little Greek yogurt instead of ice cream.

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