A few weeks ago I made apple crumb bread and freaked out because it was still August and my house smelled of fall.
But then I remembered fall means sweaters, football, pumpkin patch trips (can’t wait!), turning the oven on to warm up the house, crisp mornings, crunchy leaves, and lots and lots of apples. Oh and pears. I love fall fruit. I love fall period. And here in Oregon the days will get nice and warm probably through the end of the month. So much fun.
Our neighbors tree is full of apples. Unfortunately the neighbor children have picked and thrown around most of the ones with in reach over our fence. My sweet husband managed to snag enough for this crisp recipe with the help of a rake to reach several apples higher up.
Aside from the time it takes to prep the apples this recipe is a breeze. I love oatmeal in my crisps and thought I would miss it in this recipe. I did not. It was perfect just the way it was- well a little ice cream does take it up a notch.
Apple Crisp (makes 8-10 servings)
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, slightly softened and cut into tablespoons
1 1/2 cups pecans or walnuts, toasted and chopped
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
5 pounds tart firm apples
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 3 1/2 to 4 quart baking dish. Make the topping: Combine flour, sugars, cinnamon and salt in a food processor and blend until well combined. Add butter and pulse until mixture forms large clumps. Transfer to bowl and mix in nuts with your fingers. Alternatively, whisk together the flour, sugars, cinnamon and salt and work in butter and pecans with your fingers or a pastry blender. Make the filling: Whisk together sugar and cinnamon. Peel, quarter and core apples and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices. Add apples and lemon juice to sugar mixture and mix until well combined. Assemble: Spread apples in prepared baking dish. Crumble topping evenly over apples. Bake until topping is golden brown, 45 to 60 minutes. Let cool a bit and serve warm.