Friday, January 8, 2010

Apple Crisp

After dinner, I wanted something to satisfy my sweet tooth. I dug around in the refrigerator and found some decent apples, so went ahead and baked an apple crisp.

This recipe is in one (or both) of my Better Homes and Gardens cookbooks as Fruit Crisp. When I looked for it online to give a link, found it's called

Choose-a-Fruit Crisp

5 cups sliced, peeled apples
2 tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 c regular rolled oats
1/2 c packed brown sugar
1/4 c all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg, ginger, or cinnamon
1/4 c cold butter
1/4 c chopped nuts or coconut

Place fruit in an ungreased 2-quart square baking dish. Stir in the granulated sugar.

For topping, in a mixing bowl combine oats; brown sugar; flour; and nutmeg, ginger, or cinnamon.

With a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Stir in nuts or coconut.

Sprinkle topping over filling.

Bake in a 375°F oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is golden. If desired, serve warm with ice cream or light cream.

I ate nearly half of it "tasting" it as it cooled. It was good. Not decadent but still good. I like apple crisp because it's something I don't have to shop for specifically; we always have the stuff to make it.

If I had to guess, it probably costs $3 to make. Well, maybe $4 depending on the cost of apples and how many you use. The apples do tend to cook down a fair amount, so feel free to use more than 5 cups of apples and pack them into the dish.

Here's a tip though if you need to get a pastry blender: avoid the crappy wire ones; get a sturdy one with heavy duty metal blades. The wire ones tend to bend when you smoosh down on the hard butter. The heavy duty blade blenders can chop nuts, though they aren't designed to do so.  Either will run you $5-10 at places like Target or your grocery store.