As summer’s heat passes and the days begin to get cooler, you can once again start to think about baking some of the wonderful fall deserts to serve warm and complete your dinner. One of the best of those deserts served from the oven is an apple crisp. The apple crisp recipe is pretty simple.
An apple crisp is a part of many very simple but delicious baked deserts that use fresh fruit and a pastry topping. Other deserts of the same style that you may wish to check out included Pandowdies, Brown Bettys, Grunts, Crumbles and Cobblers. These deserts make great comfort foods that are hard to resist. While a cobbler uses dough topping that is much like a biscuit, an apple crisp uses a mixture that is more like a streusel. The topping for apple crisp normally contains sugar, flour and butter along with oatmeal and nuts.
When the desert is done and you open your oven, you will immediately see why this desert is called an apple crisp.
One of the good things about apple crisps is that they are the perfect desert for when the apples begin to get ripe on the trees. Fresh apples make the best apple crisps. One of the best choices is the Granny Smith apple that has a green skin and is very tart. Ice cream makes a wonderful topping for a warm apple crisp. If you want your desert to have extra flavor and color, try adding berries such as raspberries or cranberries to the apple crisp. For the English version, blackberries are a favorite addition.
If your apple crisp recipe calls for old fashioned rolled oats, do not substitute quick cooking oats. Quick cooking oats are cut then steamed and rolled. Old fashioned oats are steamed and rolled while whole. This gives them a much nuttier flavor and the apple crisp topping a much better texture.
Oatmeal is a whole grain cereal which has many health benefits. It has been shown to lower cholesterol and to be a great source of fiber. The apples are also a great fiber source, so this is one desert that you can eat, within limits and feel good about.
For an easy apple crisp, start by greasing a 9×12 inch cake pan. Peel, core and slice 4 medium sized Granny Smith apples. The slices should be thin. Add the apple slices to the baking pan and top with the following apple crisp topping.
The topping is made by combining 3/4 cups of brown sugar with 1/2 cups each of flour and oatmeal. Add 1/3 cup of margarine or butter an 1/2 teaspoon each of cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix the topping well and crumble over the apples.
Bake your apple crisp for thirty minutes in an oven that has been preheated to 375 degrees. When the apples are tender, the crisp is done.
Serve the apple crisp warm and topped with ice cream. If you have any leftovers the are good cold, but better if warmed in the microwave and served with ice cream.