One of the easiest, healthiest dessert ever in my diary…just put ingredients together and bake! Serve with Ice cream or as it is..yum! For variations, I sometimes throw some chocolate chips, nuts or other dry fruits as well.
Apple Crisp is a dessert made up of a baked apple filling and a crispy crumb topping. It is similar to cobbler, which has a biscuit-like (USA biscuit that is) or cake-like topping. Cool room temperature is required to create a nice crisp topping. To serve Apple Crisp, spoon it into a bowl and, optionally, add vanilla ice cream. Apple Crisp also goes well with a glass of milk.
- 6 cups sliced and cored baking apples (for example, Granny Smith)
- 1/2 cup (100 g) all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup (100 g) rolled oats
- 3/4 teaspoon (3 g) cinnamon
- 1/3 cup (75 g) cold butter or cold margarine
- 2/3 to 3/4 cup (120-150 g) brown sugar
- In a medium bowl stir together flour, brown sugar, and oatmeal. If the room temperature is a bit warm, you should cool this mixture.
- Prepare the apples. This should be completed before mixing butter into the topping. It is helpful to choose apples that do not brown quickly; Granny Smith apples are a good choice. Do not use Red Delicious apples; they turn to mush. Place the apples into a 9-inch (23 cm) square baking dish; glass is best.
- Add the butter or margarine to the topping. Mix it via a slicing action, so that the butter or margarine forms tiny little chunks and does not melt or smear. A pair of butter knives, used like scissors, is good for this. You must work quickly once you start this step.
- Sprinkle the filling onto the apples. You may pat it down just a bit.
- Bake for about 30 minutes in a 375 °F (190C) oven. Do not remove the crisp before the top is dark brown. Black spots indicate burning. It is better to burn a few small spots, which you can then remove, than to risk undercooking the topping.
Any type of apple may be used, baking or sweet, or a mixture of types. Cooked apple dishes are a good use for substandard apples, e.g. damaged, wrinkled & windfall. Crisps can be made with most any sort of fruit. Pineapple is a good choice. Some fruits, especially peaches, go better in a cobbler. Raisins can be added to the apples at the beginning, and 1/2 teaspoon of powdered ginger, or a sprinkling of nutmeg can also be put in. 'Mixed spice' (cinnamon, coriander, clove & other spices) is a perfect addition to apple dishes. This is more popular in Britain than the US.