Apple Crisp

It's fall, my favorite season! Time to take full advantage of all Fall has to offer! This is the best time of the year for some SUPER yummy apples. To munch on, my personal favorite are the Honey Crisp Apples.

If you decide to bake with apples some of the apples you eat right out of your hand are not necessarily the best to bake with. Try one (or a variety) of these apples in your dessert dishes (the more varieties you use, the richer the blend): Cortland, Empire, Mutsu (Crispin), Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, and Jonathan are your most common baking apples. Don't forget to check out your local farmer's markets to find some of the best apples out there!

Thanks to my friend Ashley, I've had this recipe for awhile now, and it remains at the top of my favorite fall dessert list.

Apple Crisp
Serve warm, and don't forget to go a la mode with this one!!

7 cups sliced apples (a good rule of thumb I use, one apple = just over one cup, and with this dish you can't have too many apples; for this go around I used a couple of Honey Crisp, a couple of Granny Smith, a Gala and a Golden Delicious)
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp flour
1 tsp cinnamon (I'm quite liberal here - I heart cinnamon)
Toss all ingredients together and then put in a 9x13 pan (I try to even out the apple mix a bit; if your pan is not non-stick, might be a good idea to grease the pan)

The topping:
1 cup brown sugar (be sure you pack your brown sugar in your measuring cup)
1 cup oatmeal (to add a little more spice and sweetness I use the packets of instant oatmeal that come in flavors such as maple, apple and cinnamon, and brown sugar; about three packets of instant oat meal = 1 cup)
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
2/3 cup butter or margarine (do not melt the butter, but make sure it's soft)
Mix together dry ingredients and cut in butter and mix until you've created a crumbly mixture. Place topping on apple mix.
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes (be sure you've preheated your oven).
 1) The greatest tool for apples ever to be created! If you bake with apples and don't have one of these GET ONE! Check out Pampered Chef for this magical invention. If you can't get your hands on an apple peeler/corer/slicer I suggest your husband/boyfriend. :)
2) The apple being peeled.
3) The apple being peeled, sliced and cored!
4) The final product. The apple is peeled, cored, and sliced to perfection.
1) The apples ready to be mixed with the spices.
2) The apples spread in the pan.
3) Softened, cut butter; use a fork to get the desired crumblyness.
4) The apples topped with the crumble mixture.
For the past few days I may, or may not, have a bit of apple crisp after pretty much every meal. :)

Take this dessert to your next family gathering, or even Thanksgiving, and watch as it quickly disappears (even Scott likes it, and it's really hard to get him past chocolate chip baked goods)!!

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