Happy Monday! What a great weekend! We finally got rain! The SF Giants won both Saturday and Sunday nights! There was definitely autumn in the air. It is starting to feel a bit crisp in the morning here in northern California….I love October!
I remember growing up in Pennsylvania, we used to drive out to an apple orchard every few weeks to get fresh apples and apple cider. It was such a treat. Mom would get all kinds of apples which she would turn into pies and crisps. She makes amazing desserts. I have been blessed with a Mom who taught me to cook and inspires me to follow my passions.
I wrote this recipe down before I got married. It is mostly Mom’s recipe but I am betting it has been altered a little bit over the years. So, so good and makes a big pan of delicious-ness!
(If you don’t want a full 13×9 inch pan, this recipe can easily be halved)
6 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4- 1/2 inch wedges
1/4-1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbs. lemon juice
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1 c. butter, melted
1 1/2 c brown sugar
1 1/2 cups oats
1 c. flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
Vanilla Ice Cream Optional (not optional in my house….)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix the apples with the lemon juice, sugar and zest. Place in buttered 13 x 9 inch pan.
Mix the flour, brown sugar, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt together. Add the melted butter and stir together. Mix together until it is all incorporated.
Using your hands, place the crisp on top of the apples. Be sure it is even.
Bake until the fruit is bubbling and the topping is golden brown-45 minutes- 1 hour. Let cool on a wire rack. Can be served warm or at room temperature. Serve on it’s own or with vanilla ice cream.
What do I love about this recipe? I love the topping. Any time you combine oats and brown sugar, it has my name all over it!
What don’t I love about this recipe? Well, 6 lbs of apples can be a lot of apples to peel. I have an apple peeler and corer that I love to use, so that helps. If you don’t have one, put on some good music and enjoy the process…it is therapeutic!