Now that itâ€™s mid-September, weâ€™re getting excited about fall treats. Spiced cider, caramel apples, candy cornâ€¦we love them all! However, our favorite treat is homemade apple crisp, made with fresh-picked autumn apples. Itâ€™s simple and delicious!
To start, get about five to eight of your favorite tart apples. Peel the apples, then thinly slice them. Youâ€™ll need about 6 cups of apples to make a heaping dish of apple crisp. Mix 1 tbsp. of fresh lemon juice and about Â¼ cup of granulated sugar with the apples, and shake on some cinnamon and nutmeg. If desired, you can add about Â½ cup of jumbo golden raisins or chopped pitted dates to the mixture as well. Spread the apples in the bottom of a greased glass baking dish or Dutch oven.
Fit your food processor with the mixing blade and add about 1 cup of white or whole-wheat flour, 1 cup of brown sugar, 2/3 cup of old-fashioned oats, 2 tsp. cinnamon, 1 Â½ sticks of cold unsalted butter, a pinch of salt and 1 cup of chopped nuts. (such as pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts or almonds) Pulse the ingredients until the mixture is slightly crumbly and layer it on top of the apples.
Bake the apple crisp at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes, or until itâ€™s golden brown on top. Transfer the dish to a cooling rack and let it cool for at least 45 minutes before slicing it.
The best thing about this apple crisp recipe is that it also works well with other fall fruits, such as pears. Itâ€™s a bit heavy on the topping, and you can cut those ingredients in half if youâ€™d rather sprinkle a single layer on top of the filling.
Whatâ€™s your favorite autumn treat? Got any recipes that we just have to try?