Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Easy Apple Crisp

It finally feels like winter here since we got a nice snowfall the other day! I was beginning to get worried that it was so green outside in the middle of January! Anyway, the cool weather calls for a nice, warm treat for the kids and Hubby. What better treat than apple crisp? It's got just the right amount of sweetness...I don't like anything tooooooooooo sweet!
4 or 5 tart apples
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (I omit this in my recipe)
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup rolled oats
4 tablespoons cold butter (1/2 stick)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (I also omit this because our nieces have nut allergies)

Preheat oven at 375. Peel, core and thinly slice apples, toss in a bowl with lemon juice to prevent darkening. In a separate bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg; stir into apples. Set aside.
In another bowl combine flour, sugar and oats.
butter into 8 pieces, and cut butter into flour until mixture looks like crumbs. Stir in nuts. Butter a 10 X 10-inch baking dish. Spread apples in bottom of baking dish then sprinkle with flour mixture. Bake at 375° for 30 to 45 minutes, or until apples are tender and topping is lightly browned. Serve warm or at room temperature.

My students and I tried an alternate recipe that called for crushed shortbread cookies instead of flour. Luckily, I had made cookies and had them on hand. They thought it was fun to crush the cookies and pour it over the apples with the oatmeal.


JetBaby said...

I loooooove still warm from the oven apple crisp, with vanilla ice cream!! Beautiful! There's nothing like it.

Chris, you should try substituting 1/2 or 1/3 of the apples with pears. It is sooooo good - tastes absolutely gorgeous and doesn't take over the flavour at all. I saw this in a recipe on and I won't make it any other way now!


Chrissy121875 said...

Wow! I was actually thinking of adding pear to it, but didn't have the guts to steer away from my normal recipe! Now that you've said it tastes delicious, I think I'll give it a go! Thanks for that!

minotte's notes said...

hi chrissy. thanks for stopping by. manitoulin sounds exotic but i'm sure it's very beautiful there. we live in antioch and it is also far from the city but i like it. the city can wear me out.

i enjoyed your blog so much, i will be back often. your wedding pics are so beautiful. pls post more pics of your town. thanks for the apple crisp recipe. i am trying my hand at bagels. i will let you know.

looking forward to more visits.


japanmanpete said...

Chrissy, is apple crisp the same thing as apple crumble?

ahappilymarriedmommy said...

I've tried your apple crisp before and I'm definately a fan! JetBaby's pear and apple crisp sounds neat too!

Chrissy121875 said...

Pete, I think a crumble is the same thing as a crisp. I'm not sure though! LOL!

JetBaby said...

Pete - apple crumble in the UK is apples baked with a topping of flour, butter and sugar. In N. America, it's basically the same thing, but the topping is made primarily with rolled oats rather than flour. It's almost always made with cinnamon and sometimes nuts are added to it as well. Crisps and crumbles are pretty much the same thing but technically the topping on a crisp is supposed to be a bit finer so it's crunchier.

Probably way more information than you wanted! I worked in a pub in England for awhile and used to make apple crumble every day. I remember once I added cinnamon to it and the landlady flipped her lid and made me chuck it out and re-do it!

Dina said...

oh Chrissy...i was just remembering our obsession with apple crisp when we roomed together...YUMMMYYY I have to make one soon
and the pear crisp/crumble is delish too...with cranberries is even yummier!!!
oh i'm getting hungry again!

japanmanpete said...

HAHA! Thanks for that useful session on crumbles vs crisps, Jet Baby! Where in England did you live? Do tell! Do we have another limey here?

JetBaby said...

Hiya Pete - nope, not a limey - a Canadian ( with definite Anglophile leanings though! ) I live just outside of Toronto, but I lived in England for about 4 1/2 years, mostly in and around Stratford-upon-Avon, but also in Oxford. I love love love England and I would live there again in a heartbeat - if it wasn't so expensive. If I ever happen to win the lottery, first thing I will do is buy myself a thatched cottage in the Cotswolds. And yourself? Where in England are you from?

japanmanpete said...

JetBaby my parents raised us in Leeds but when I became an adult I moved to Manchester. Most of my mates lived and worked there. You know of those places? So wot brought you to England for 4 1/2 years?

JetBaby said...

I've not been to Leeds, and was only in Manchester for a day. Closest I ever got again was Macclesfield - oh, and I watch Corrie, does that count?! haha. I didn't really see much of northern England - except Liverpool. Most of my time was spent in the Midlands and Cotswolds. I went for a long holiday and ending up staying for 4 1/2 years ( met a chap, what else?! ) It was just too tough to make a go of it there - no family, no money, no support - so I came back home. It's *much* more affordable here than it is in Europe. Lots and lots of British ex-pats here, especially in my town - so it's easy to find my Marks & Spencers Extra Strong Teabags, a decent pint and my British chocolate. I'm happy!

japanmanpete said...

AHA! That seems to be an ongoing trend! Loads of pretty Canadian ladies end up in England all because of a chap! I suppose that can be said the same for loads of handsome British chaps going to Japan...for the ladies of course! I like Canadians. All the Canadians I've met thus far seem to be very friendly, approachable, outgoing, worldly. I've even met Americans with Canadian flags stitched onto their bags!

JetBaby said...

Funny, I always thought Canadian flags stitched on US backpacks was an urban myth - guess not!

Anonymous said...

JetBaby, it's so not an urban myth :) I've met several people from the States in my travels who had Canadian flags on their backpacks. Some of my friends in the US even had the flag on their backpacks.

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