Caitlin’s Confections: Apple Crisp

Last Saturday I had what I like to call an “Apple Day.” Ryan’s mom had sent us home with a boat load of apples from our most recent trip to Vermont and I wanted to make good use of them. I started off making a few batches of apple sauce and then moved on to an apple crisp.

Apple crisp is one of my favorite ways to enjoy apples warm. In college, my suite mates and I would make huge trays of it, living off it for weeks. Growing up, my mom would pull out her “peeler-corer-slicer” and we would get to work. Lucky for me, my dad bought me a KitchenAid mixer for Christmas last year and a set of spiralizing attachments. Almost a year later, I try them out for the first time, and let me tell you- GAME CHANGER. Not only did the whole thing come together so easily (slip it in, add the peeler, and the corer-slicer) but it worked FLAWLESSLY. And it was so QUICK. In a matter of minutes I had a huge pile of apples ready for baking.

The smell of apples baked with sugar, butter, and cinnamon is like nothing else. It filled our entire house (which was good because Ryan was painting the bathroom.) We dug in shortly after I pulled it out and man, for something so simple, it sure is good. I threw one in the freezer for the next time we visit somewhere and need a crowd-pleasing dessert and put aside the other for us to enjoy.

Apple Crisp

Ingredients (Filling)

– A Dozen Apples, Peeled, Cored, and Sliced

– 1/2c Sugar

– 2 Tbsp. Orange Juice

Ingredients (Topping)

– 2c Flour

– 1c Oats

– 1/2c Brown Sugar

– 2 Sticks of Butter, Chilled

Directions

1. Combine apples with sugar and orange juice until well coated. Let them sit in a glass or ceramic baking dish for a few minutes as you mix your flour, oats, and brown sugar.

2. Chop your butter into small pieces and add to your dry ingredients. Use your fingers to break apart the butter until your mixture is fine and crumbly.

3. Sprinkle your topping over the coated apples and bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. The top should be golden brown and the apples should be bubbling.

4. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream or simply eat it out of the dish with a spoon. It’s so good- no one will judge you!

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