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Homemade as Mother’s Apple Crisp

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Apple crisp is as American as mother’s apple pie. It just has a little twist. The flavor is a blending of apples, sweets, and spices. The recipe is not complex. It invites help from all members of the family.

Preheat the oven to 375ºF.

Organize the ingredients so that they are easy to use.

4–6 Apples: Granny Smith or Red Delicious or a combination of these two. Granny Smith apples are tart while Red Delicious are sweeter. Select them to suit your personal taste.
Sugar, White Granulated

Utensil for Baking: 
A glass, earthenware or ceramic baking dish about 8 or 9 inches square. Your favorite one is best. Love counts.

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar. I like the light variety.
1 cup all purpose white flour
1 stick of butter

First, peel and core the apples, slicing them into thin to medium sized wedges. Arrange the pieces in the dish so that they are in a layered pattern which allows the circulation of heat. Sprinkle the apples with nutmeg, cinnamon, and a tablespoon of white sugar for each layer. Spice and sweeten to tingle you family’s taste buds. Continue to layer the apples, spices, and sugar until the dish is three-quarters full or you have used up all the apples.

Now begins the contemporary twist: the crisp topping. Add the brown sugar, flour, and rolled oats to the bowl of the food processor. Use the metal blade. (You may use two knives or a pastry cutter for this step instead.) Pulse the processor about three times. With a small knife, cut the butter into little cubes and add them to the dry mixture. Pulse until the crisp forms little crumbles. Remove the blade. This is important! Take a small handful of the topping and squeeze it together lightly. Then sprinkle the crumbles over the top of the apples. Be sure to cover most of them.

Place the dish in the oven and bake 40 to 55 minutes until the topping becomes a crispy light brown and the apples are soft. Cool on a rack for 20 minutes or so. Scoop the crisp onto the dessert plate or bowl. If desired, a dollop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream to the top.

Children, husbands, especially, love being introduced to this dish. Mother’s apple crisp won’t last long. A truly American dish. Johnny Appleseed would be proud.


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