I know a lot of us crave something slightly sweet after a long day of fasting, or even on a regular day as a pick me up. This dessert is your cure for a long, warm day. Warm apple crisp with cold ice cream. Most of its sweetness comes from freshly baked apples and a bit of brown sugar. The crispy, crunchy cinnamon-y oatmeal topping is the perfect accompaniment to the softened sweet apples beneath it. This beats apple pie any day in my books. If you know me, you’ll know that I love that its very little work, very little mixing and made with a few simple ingredients that many people have lying at home (that’s always the best right?) You can adjust the sugar to suit your needs. The odd sugar measurements are because the original recipe tasted a little too sweet for our needs, so I like it cut back just a tad. Serve it with vanilla ice cream, as I do, or with creme fraiche or simply on its own.
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/4 + 1/8 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup butter, diced into small chunks (if you’re using unsalted add a pinch of salt, otherwise leave it out)
- 3-4 large crisp apples
- 3 Tbsp butter, melted
- 2 Tbsp flour
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 3 Tbsp milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- tiny pinch of salt
1. Preheat your oven to 190 degrees C (375 F)
2. In one bowl prepare your crumb topping. Mix in all the dry ingredients. Then add the diced butter and cut in to the dry ingredients with a fork, pastry cutter or just pinch with your fingers. The mixture should look like coarse sand or… crumbs?
3. Cover and place in the refrigerator while you prepare the apple filling.
4. Make sure your apples are sliced quite thin. Some people prefer to peel the apples. I like it as they are, unpeeled. Keep the apples in a larger bowl.
5. In a separate small bowl, combine the flour and melted butter. Add the lemon juice, milk, vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Mix everything together and pour over the apples, and toss everything around so the apples are well coated.
6. Layer everything evenly on an 8×8 glass baking dish. Top the apples evenly with the oatmeal crumbs.
7. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. You may have to switch to the broiler (top heat) to get the golden brown crumb at some point.
8. Let cool to bring from hot to warm before serving. Add a scoop of ice-cream or not.