Thursday, September 8, 2011

All American Apple Crisp

This is a great dessert to make when entertaining... it's fun, warm, yummy, everyone gets their own, it can easily be made for 2 or 20, AND you can make it ahead

Recipe (serves 4):

  • 2 Large Apples
  • 1 Pinch Granulated Sugar for each serving
  • A dash a cinnamon for each serving
  • Juice from 1/2 fresh Lemon

Crumble topping (same as topping used for Cran-Nectarine Crumble):

  • 1/2 cup Quick Oats
  • 1/3 cup Flour
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons COLD Butter
This is a VERY nifty little kitchen toy that slices, cores, and peels your apple all at once! I grew up with one from an actual an apple farm that we got when my parents took us apple picking. I always thought it was the coolest contraption, but now I see them everywhere! If you don't have one, you can find them at Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, WalMart, Amazon, ...really almost anywhere.

I just quickly diced my apple rings and dropped the diced pieces into individual ramekins. Then, into each ramekin, sprinkle a pinch of sugar, a dash of cinnamon, and a few squeezes of lemon juice over it all:

Top each dish with your crumble topping: 

Bake at 350 degrees F for no more than 25 or 30 minutes: 

Mmmmm... you know what I think this needs now...

Just a tiny little mountain of vanilla ice cream ;)

Love it when the cold, creamy ice cream mixes with the warm, crispy topping

More fun options to mix into the apple filling: 
  • dried cranberries, 
  • raisins, 
  • walnuts, 
  • other fresh berries (I think blueberries, raspberries, or boysenberries would be great with apples)
  • leave a comment to share some of your ideas :)

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