Apple Crisp Recipe with Cinnamon Oatmeal Topping

The smell of homemade apple crisp made with cinnamon and fresh, in-season apples drifting from the kitchen brings back memories of chilly weather remedied by a hot piece of apple crisp a la mode. Like apple pie, apple crisp is a quintessential autumn dessert recipe and American comfort food. However, it doesn’t require a pastry crust, so it can be made in a jiffy. Including preparation time, this apple crisp can be completed in under an hour.

Ingredients for the Filling:
• Six large apples
• 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
• 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
• Juice from half of a lemon
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Ingredients for the Topping:
• 1/3 cup unsalted butter
• 1/2 cup oatmeal or old fashioned rolled oats
• 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
• 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
• 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Peel, core, and slice six large apples. In a mixing bowl, combine sliced apples, lemon juice, flour, cinnamon, and granulated sugar. Stir mixture well to ensure an equal distribution of all seasonings.

To prepare the topping, combine butter, flour, oats, sugar, and cinnamon using your fingertips or a fork until the mixture forms a dry, crumbly topping.

Preheat oven to 425° F and grease a 3-quart casserole dish (12in x 9in x 2in) made from a non-reactive material, such as ceramic or glass. Transfer seasoned apple mixture to the baking dish and sprinkle with an even layer of crumbled topping.

Place apple crisp on the middle rack in the oven and bake at 425° F for 15 minutes before reducing the temperature to 350° F. Continue baking at 350° F for approximately 20 minutes or until the apples are tender and the topping is golden brown. Total cooking time is between 30 and 40 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving. Apple crisp is best enjoyed with a spoonful of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.

Cooking Tips:
When making apple crisp, the best apples to buy are semi-tart to tart varieties, including Empire, Gala, Granny Smith, Northern Spy, and Winesap. In-season, all-purpose apples like McIntosh, Honeycrisp, or Jonagold will yield excellent results in any apple dessert recipe .

To toss up the flavor, try adding one cup of rhubarb or berries to the filling. Dried cranberries, fresh blueberries, and raspberries are all excellent when pared with apple crisp. For a full-bodied apple pie taste, try adding 3/4 teaspoon of nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves. If desired, add one cup of chopped pecans or walnuts to the crisp topping. Try adding more oatmeal or substituting one to two cups of ground granola for a rustic and authentic apple crisp topping.