Apple Crisp

April 23, 2013

Apple Crisp is one of my favourite, easy, go-to desserts that is ALWAYS satisfying. I could eat it anytime of the day and it's even better when there are leftovers (for breakfast!).

Everyone has their own way of making it and mine is one of those rare things that I don't need a recipe for. I think it was the first thing I ever learned how to bake. I LOVE the crisp topping and I can remember sneaking into the kitchen as a kid and whipping up a small cereal bowl sized portion of just the crisp and eating it without the apples or the baking!

Here's how I make mine:

Start by chopping up the apples. I usually chop one apple per serving. In this case, I did 7 apples as we were having 7 people for supper on Saturday night. Chop them up however you like, bite sized pieces, and throw them into whatever baking dish you'd like to use. 
Sprinkle about 3 Tbsp of white sugar over the apples and 1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. I don't measure any of this, just sprinkle both things on until it looks good!
Next, make the crisp. The measurements I use are 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar, 1 cup flour, 1 1/2 cups of oats and 1 1/2 cups of cold butter. This may seem like a lot of butter and sugar, but that is what makes it good. I also like my crisp to be more like a dough than a crumble. I find that the dough-like topping browns better and becomes more of a crunchy, caramelly crust on top rather than a sprinkling of topping. I do my topping in the food processor, as it is easier to combine it all and get the butter evenly distributed, but you could do it with your hands or a pastry cutter. 
Dump the topping over the apples and use your hands to evenly cover them. Press it down into the apples too! You will see that there is about a 1/2 topping, 1/2 apple ratio here!- But let's be serious, everyone likes the crisp part better than the fruit anyway!
Pop it in the oven and bake at 375 for about 30-40 mins. 
Mmmmm.... serve with vanilla ice cream and enjoy a BIG bowl of it!

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