Apples. This fruit is one of my favorites. It is very healthy to eat one every day, a great for salads and makes amazing desserts. Apple desserts are the most calming and cozy desserts that I have eaten so far. And so when summer is almost over and the wind outside becomes a bit chilly already, we know that this season is where the apples come. When there is an abundance of apples overflowing from fruit stands, farmers markets or even in your own backyard, I think of few things: first is to make lots of applesauce to store for a long time in the freezer, second is to make the most amazing apple pie and third is to get the house going with some apple crisp.
Apple crisps are absolutely delicious, very easy to make and also very cheap. If you are on a budget and still want an amazing dessert, stop searching and settle with an apple crisp. The ingredients of this dish are commonly composed of things you probably have in your kitchen right now. I promise you will never get to spend a fortune for this.
I love apple crisps not only because I love apples but this also reminds me so much of childhood. I don’t know but the smell of caramel, baked apples and cinnamon always gets me. And when I get to eat it with some vanilla ice cream, I swear, it is the best! I love the textures and layers of flavors coming from an apple crisp. Sweet, tangy and also aromatic, with crispy toppings and a warm, sweet and tender apples in some flavorful caramel. Seriously, it is warm like mother’s hug.
In making this dish, the only thing that is crucial is choosing your apples. There are few apples that go well for this recipe. You can choose between tangy or sweet apples, but make sure you use those ones that are very crisp as they are the juiciest ones and they give lots of flavors. I personally use granny smith apples, golden delicious or McIntosh. These 3 are very crispy, juicy and are acidic and also sweet. You can combine them and it comes out great as well.
Apple Crisp Using Granny Smith Apples
To make this apple crisp, you must remember to follow some easy tips for you to have stunning results. First, make a simple caramel as a base. In a baking dish or a cast iron that you will use to bake the apple crisp, melt some sugar, a pinch of salt and cinnamon. Once it starts to go brown, add some grated apples and stir it up. This caramel base lifts up the whole dish. Next thing is to put your chopped apples that are mixed with some lemon juice (and or orange juice) lemon zest, brown sugar and cinnamon and also a bit of flour. Let it cook for about a minute then turn off the gas.
Meanwhile, mix the toppings. You will need a very cold butter, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and some old fashion oats or granola. You can mix thing together in a best food processor but using your hands is also great. You want your mixture to have some tiny pieces of butter, this makes a crispy crumble. A little baking powder in the crumble makes the toppings extra crispy. Top the apples with this, heat it up on the stove just until it starts to bubble and bake it for 30-40 minutes in a 375F oven. Let cool for about 10 minutes and enjoy! Easy peasy, cheap and delicious!
- 1/3 cup of Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp of Cinnamon
- ¼ tsp of Salt
- 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
- ¾ cup old fashioned Oats or Granola
- ½ cup of Unsalted Butter very cold and cut into small dices
- ½ teaspoon Baking Powder
- 3 lbs. of Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
- 2 tbsp of Flour
- 1 tsp of ground Cinnamon
- ½ cup of Granulated Sugar
- Lemon Zest and juice from one small lemon
- Orange Zest and juice from one orange
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup grated apple
- pinch of cinnamon and salt
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- In a cast iron skillet or baking dish, make a caramel by melting sugar, salt, and cinnamon. When it starts turning brown on the sides, add the grated apples and cook them through, turn down the heat.
- In a large bowl, mix the apples and other ingredients for the filling. Make sure that everything is well mixed.
- Stir in the filling in the caramel, cook for 1 minute then turn off the gas and set aside while making the crumble.
- In a large bowl, mix the crumble ingredients together with your hands, ensuring that you leave butter pieces. You can also do this in a food processor with few pulses.
- Top the apples with the prepared crumble. Turn on the gas again and let it cook until it starts to bubble and get it straight to your oven. Bake it for 30-40 minutes until the toppings are crispy and golden brown.
- Let it cook down a bit for 10 minutes before serving. Serve it with some vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream.
This recipe is perfect for fall when the apples are at its best and also cheaper. I hope that you liked this recipe, give it a try and tell us in the comment box below what you think! Also, share this with your friends! Until next.