Mmm! Warm apple crisp with vanilla bean ice cream. It just doesn't get any better than this, on a chilly Fall day. Well, unless it involves a comfy couch, a warm afghan and a good book! LOL Oh and some COFFEE!. We went to the orchard with the grandkids last week and this is what I chose to use the apples I picked, for.
This is one of the first desserts I ever made. I think I was about 14 or so. I could literally make this with my eyes closed. And if it doesn't get polished off at dinner time, you can count on it being eaten for breakfast! Sometimes I like to get fancy and drizzle it with warm caramel sauce, that's a really yummy addition, as well as a few sprinkles of chopped pecans. But tonight, it was the good old standby! Mmm! Did I already say that?! Mmm!*hehe*
4 cups sliced, peeled apples (about 4 medium) I like to use Empire or Cortlands
3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup quick oats
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 stick butter, softened
Heat oven to 375. Grease a square cake pan *8 x 8 x 2 (or a small rectangle cake pan). Place apples in pan. Mix remaining ingredients and sprinkle evenly over apples. I use a pastry blender to cut the butter into the flour mixture. But you could also use a fork. Bake 30 minutes or until apples are tender when you poke them with a fork, and topping is golden brown. Serve warm with ice cream, and if desired, caramel sauce.
* If you use a 9 x 13 pan, be sure to double all the ingredients for this recipe - apples and topping both.