Saturday, 6 September 2014

Old Fashioned Apple Crisp

Just simple, basic ingredients that, when combined, make a delicious comforting dessert. The early apples are just coming of the tree and are perfect for this crisp. Choose any apple that you like. Try using a combination of different types of apples and see how it changes the flavour of the finished product.

I have tried to change this recipe and 'jazz it up'. Using different fruit like strawberries and blueberries, and anding nuts to the topping works well. My family still prefers it the basic way so that is how I make it most of the time. "Don't mess with a good thing, Mom" they say. So I don't.

Start by peeling, coring and slicing the apples. As you peal your apples, put them in a bowl of water with the juice of half a lemon. This will prevent them from turning brown.

Drain the apple slices and put them into a 2 litre baking dish. Sprinkle the apples with a teaspoon of cinnamon. Combine 3/4 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons cornstarch. Mix the sugar and the cornstarch well so that you don't have any lumps in the sauce. Add the sugar mixture on top of the apples and mix. Pour 1/2 cup water gently on top of the apples. The water really helps to soften the apples and brings out the apple juice to make a yummy, luscious sauce.

Make the topping next. Combine the oats, flour, and brown sugar. Mix well. Drizzle the melted butter on top. Mix oat mixture to incorporate the butter.

Crumble the topping onto the apples. Bake for 40-50 minutes in a 350 degree oven, or until the apples have softened and the sauce has thickened.

The top will be golden brown.

Of course good vanilla ice-cream is a must.

Serve warm, out of the oven topped with ice-cream. What could be better than that?

Old Fashioned Apple Crisp

4 cups apples, sliced
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup water
1 cup old fashioned oatmeal, not quick cooking
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup melted butter

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