Like it or not, fall is right around the corner.
Although I may be in a state of denial, I tried to start embracing it this Labor Day weekend. We went apple picking at Curtis Orchard and Pumpkin Patch in Champaign. My mom has apple trees that mass produce at an alarming rate, but other than that I will be the first to admit this is a little out of my wheelhouse. Eating apples. Cooking with apples. Basically anything apple.
First of all, who knew there were so many apples?! Turns out, there’s over 2,500 apples grown throughout the United States and 100 varieties grown commercially. The apples ready to be picked were Honeycrisp, Jonathan and Ginger Gold. This, of course, meant nothing to me. So, after carefully scouring Pinterest, I learned that the taste buds led us in the right direction! We opted to stock up on the sweet, Honeycrisp apples, which are perfect for cooking and baking.
This only leads me to my next dilemma. Just what am I going to make with all these precious little apples? Well let’s find out…
My first recipe is warm, delicious apple crisp. This particular recipe is from oh, sweet basil. This is another boyfriend-approved dish worthy of our next holiday function. Of course, next time I’m investing in an apple corer and peeler.
- 4-5 large Honeycrisp or Gala Apples, peeled and sliced thin
- 4 Tablespoons Butter, melted
- 4 Tablespoons Flour
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
- 4 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
- ½ Teaspoon Vanilla
- ¼ Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon White Sugar
- ¾ Teaspoon Cinnamon
- ¼ Teaspoon Nutmeg
- Dash of salt
- 1 Cup Flour
- 1½ Cups Old Fashioned Oatmeal
- 1½ Cups Brown Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- Dash of Salt
- ¾ Cup Unsalted Butter, cut into small cubes
- Heat the oven to 375.
- Spray an 8×9″ baking dish with nonstick spray. Set aside.
- Place the melted butter in a large bowl, and whisk in the flour, lemon juice, heavy cream, and vanilla until smooth. Add the sugar and seasonings. Whisk until smooth. Add the apples and gently fold to coat entirely.
- Spread the apples in the bottom of a baking dish and set aside.
- In a large bowl, add the flour, seasonings and oatmeal. Stir everything together. Add the butter cubes and using a pastry cutter begin to cut in the butter. As the butter begins to be incorporated into the mixture, switch to using your hands and squeeze and mix everything together until it is like a very thick dough and no flour remains. We like clumps so I squeeze together little clots of dough to sprinkle over the top. Top the apples with the mixture and bake for 18-20 minutes or until lightly golden in color. Cool for 5-10 minutes and serve with vanilla ice cream.
Tell me, what are some of your favorite apple recipes? Plus., be sure to check back in on other recipes I’ve been trying!