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Apple Crisp, My Way

I made this apple crisp the other day:

But before I indulge you and share this sweet and simple recipe, I’d like to take you on a short hike …

Through an apple orchard in upstate New York …

On a crisp Autumn day …

The sun peeking through the clouds, shedding its rays on the gold and rust colored leaves of the orchard’s trees …

Many gloriously sprouting the last of their sweet fruit …

Macintosh, Red Delicious, Rome, EmpireJonagold, Mutsu/CrispinGolden Delicious

All ripe for the taking, so you can enjoy as many as you’d like sitting on the damp grass among the apple trees looking out at the view below …

Before you bring your bounty home …


Apples, cranberries, cinnamon, brown sugar, oh my …

We picked over 25 lbs of apples at Masker Orchards in beautiful Warwick, NY and went through them in no time! Apple crisp, apple butter, apple sauce … and of course a ton of shiny little apples as quick, healthy snacks. There’s a reason everyone says, “An apple a day keeps the doctor  away” … but we eat them cause they’re delicious.


Apple Crisp, My Way

4 to 6 (depending how large) apples, such as Rome or Empire
4 tablespoons + 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, separated
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons packed light-brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup oats
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/3 cup dried cranberries
Juice of 1/2 a lemon

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8- or 9-inch round or square baking dish and set aside. Peel, core and slice the apples. Toss the apple slices with the lemon juice and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the 1/3 cup brown sugar, flour, oats, cinnamon and nutmeg then add the 4 tablespoons of butter cut into smaller chunks and either stir with a fork or your hands until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

Begin fanning out the first layer of apple slices in the bottom of the baking dish. Sprinkle the dried cranberries over and then top with the oat mixture. Finally, fan out the remaining apples over the oat mixture.

In a small bowl, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons butter with the 2 tablespoons brown sugar and stir well until it is of a caramel consistency. Drizzle the mixture over the apples then bake the crisp for about 1 hour. Serve warm with a dollop of fresh cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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16 Responses to “Apple Crisp, My Way”

  1. Rosa says:

    A delightful crisp! Thanks for the magnificent fall pictures.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. maria says:

    your photos of the apple growing areas are mesmerising – and so is the dessert!

  3. Peter says:

    Maria, gorgeous autumn scenery and one of the prettiest apple crisps I’ve seen!

  4. Stephanie says:

    Sounds and looks amazing!

  5. It’s a gorgeous apple crisp, the apple slices are so beautifully arranged! Pretty autumn scenery too!

  6. nina says:

    I love that you’ve turned the crisp upside down….lovely post!!

  7. The orchard shots really capture that autumn feeling…the colours are beautiful! I love a good “crisp” Maria…very clever of you to put the apples on top as well…and the cranberries are a great addition too!

  8. Cherine says:

    A beautiful crisp and wonderful fall photos!

  9. That orchard looks so beautiful. The colors of the trees are amazing and so is your crisp. I love the addition of the cranberries!
    Magda

  10. Delicious! I am loving all the apple varieties here in the Pacific NW – one day I got carried away and ate 4 apples (4 different types). There is nothing better than warm apple crisp and ice cream. better than apple pie all the way. Love your recipe!

  11. Love the apple slices on top of the crisp! Gorgeous pics. Do you live in upstate NY? I spent two years of high school in a little town outside of Syracuse and every fall the swim team I was on would go apple picking for team bonding. So much fun! Apple bobbing and drank so much pressed apple juice…

  12. admin says:

    I actually live in Queens, but we drive upstate often to explore what the different towns have to offer. There are some beautiful places up there!

  13. Erica says:

    One of my favorite things about Autumn is apple picking. This looks and sounds so amazing,Saving this!

  14. elly says:

    Maria, this is an absolutely stunning apple crisp (as are your other photos!). I love the simplicity and that it’s not terribly overloaded with sugar and butter. Yum.

  15. These beautiful pictures made me long to be there forever! Eating apples is something I indulge in at least once a day and I agree, makes me feel healthy!
    Love this dish that you concocted and will be trying it out. I have quite a few apples in my fridge at the moment!

  16. That is one seriously gorgeous autumn-coloured orchard!!!!!!! And the pie/tart/bake is gorgeous too

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