Just in time for the holidays, a family recipe from my kitchen to yours! This is a great substitute for an apple pie and a welcome addition to any holiday spread. Apple crisps are easy to make, but they are only as good as the apples you use. Before you get started, let me give you a quick apple lesson.
1. It is always better to use fresh apples. Older apples will have a higher sugar content, due to bruising they will be more juicy and make your crisp watery.
2. Do not let your apples sit around too long after peeling. They will brown, and lose moisture.
3. Crisps will be a little watery right out of the oven. As they cool and sit the apples will grab back the moisture.
4. Always refrigerate your crisp.
Types of Apples:
- Golden Delicious—Gold apple; slightly mushy and watery; very sweet
- Red Delicious—The apple everyone knows; very large, sweet, and soft
- Granny Smith—Green; very tart and crisp
- Fuji—Red to yellow; very sweet, crisp, and watery
- Pink Lady—Pink to yellow; very small, very sweet, and crisp; slightly dry
- McIntosh—Pink to red; crisp very sweet and slightly dry
- Braeburn—light red; sweet, crispy, and juicy
A mix of apples is great and adds flavor. Be sure not to use all tart apples or all watery apples. (If you are wondering why I know so much about about apples, I am from the apple capital of the world; Yakima Washington, just over the mountains from Seattle)
5 pounds of apples or enough to fill a 9 x 14-inch dish
2 tablespoons of fresh OJ
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
Juice of 1 large lemon
1 1/2 cups of flour
3/4 cup brown sugar packed
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 pound or two cubes of cold butter not margarine
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Use butter or nonstick cooking spray on pan.
3. Peel core and cut apples into medium size wedges and combine with juice, sugar, and spices.
4. For topping combine flour, sugars, oatmeal, and cold butter in mixer with paddle attachment until the mixture is crumbly.
5. Scatter evenly over the apples.
6. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for one hour until the top is golden brown and the apples are bubbly.
Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. If you want a real tasty treat, top your crisp with some hot caramel sauce! Enjoy!