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Last week we decided to go on our annual apple picking adventure. We typically go later in mid-to-late October, but this year we thought we would get a jump start and be able to chose from a wider selection of apples. It was a gorgeous afternoon so we invited grandma and grandpa out for the afternoon as well. This year we decided to return to The Elegant Farmer for apples. I love The Elegant Farmer. They are known for their apple pie, but what I like is that after you pick apples, you can head into their store and have lunch, or purchase little, neat items from the grocery store. So after we spent a good couple of hours there, we came back to a big bushel full of apples. At first I thought we would be making pies, but then I decided to step it back a little bit, and go for something as comforting as pie, and create a recipe that was much easier and less time consuming, hence the apple crisp.
Let’s get started.
Ingredients for the Crumble:
Ingredients for the Apple Crisp:
Start by mixing your crumble ingredients in a mixing bowl, then set it to the side.
Add the cider to a sauce pan, and cook over medium-high heat until it reduces to about a 1/2 cup.
Slice your apples into about 1/2 inch thick slices. Add them to another large mixing bowl. Once your apples are in the bowl, add the sugar, cinnamon, and pinch of salt. Add the lemon juice and reduced cider, mix, and set aside.
Next, get a large oven proof skillet onto the stove on medium heat.
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
Once the skillet is heated, add the butter, and cook for a few minutes until it begins to brown. Toss in the apple mixture, scraping the bowl, and cook the apples, stirring frequently on medium heat for about 10 minutes.
Once the apples just begin to soften, layer on the crumble mixture and pat it down with your spatula. Add the entire skillet into the oven, and cook for an additional 15 minutes, or until the crumble is nice and golden.
Remove from the oven and set aside to cool down.
Scoop the apple crisp into your serving bowl, and serve with ice cream if you prefer. The result is the sticky, awesome mixture that is perfectly balanced with that sweet and tart that you would expect in apples. My daughter who inspired (and helped make) me to make this recipe feel in love with it, well, and so did I, and so did my wife. Don’t even get me started on the crumble topping. I now know why I always loved apple oatmeal. Yes, it’s that good. I hope you enjoy!