Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Easy and Healthy Apple Crisp

I love apple crisp. I love it plain just like this, and I love it when you make it all fancy with caramel sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. What's not to love?

Another reason that I love apple crisp, is that I can use apples that were less than ideal for eating. You know, those apples that start rolling around in the bottom of the fridge and start to look a little bit like they are part of the raisin family. You can totally use those apples. - Otherwise, what are you going to do with them? 


For the crumb topping:
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
dash of salt
1/3 cup unsalted butter, diced into small chunks

For the Apple filling:
3-4 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced thin
3 Tbsp butter, melted
2 Tbsp flour
1 Tbsp lemon juice
3 Tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
dash of salt


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a medium size bowl combine the crumb topping ingredients with a fork or pastry blender until it resembles small crumbs. Refrigerate while you prepare the apple filling.

For the Apple Filling: In a small bowl, combine melted butter and flour until well blended. Add lemon juice, milk and vanilla and stir well. Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. 

Pour butter mixture over apples and toss to coat. Pour apple mixture into an 8x8-inch baking dish and spread into an even layer. 

Sprinkle crumb topping evenly over the apples. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and top is set. 

Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.