Sunday, February 17, 2013

Apple Crisp

I present - my fiance's great grandmother's FAMOUS Apple Crisp! Paul's mom was kind enough to share the family recipe with me, and I'm delighted to share it with you all! Paul's mom made Apple Crisp this past Thanksgiving when our families celebrated together, and there were more than a few "I like this better than apple pie!" statements made.

The filling, with sliced tender apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon, is everything you want in an apple pie type dish, but I WAY prefer this crumble topping to the classic pie crust. It's buttery and sweet with slight texture variations from it's crumbly nature. Absolutely heavenly.

The family serves it cold, but I couldn't wait when I pulled this batch out of the oven - I loved it warm too! Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon and prepare for your life to be changed.

I would like to thank my future in laws for sharing the recipe with me :)

Grandma Daniel's Apple Crisp
Makes 10-12 servings
Preparation Time: 45 minutes
Baking Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 1/2 hours

8-10 Macintosh apples
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup flour
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)
Whipped cream for serving

1. Grease a large baking pan (at least 9 x 13).
2. Peel, core, and thinly slice apples. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon. Mix half the brown sugar mixture with the sliced apples and place in the baking pan.
3. Mix white sugar, flour, salt, and baking powder in a separate bowl. Mix one egg into the sugar and flour mixture with a fork until the mixture is uniformly crumbly. Pour crumble topping over the apples.
4. Sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar mixture over the apples. Pour melted butter on top. (Refrigerate at this point and bake later if you would like) 
5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes. Serve cold (or warm!) and top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.  

Aren't these beauties?! These are Fuji apples - my grocery store didn't have Macintosh apples. Go with Macintosh if you can!

Grease the baking pan and preheat the oven. Peel...

Core (or cut around the core)...

And slice the apples. Try not to eat too many as you go.

Look, Ma! I almost peeled it all in one piece! :P

Mix the brown sugar with the cinnamon. The melted sugar becomes kind of syrupy when the apple crisp bakes and it complements the tart apple flavor perfectly.

Mix half of the brown sugar mixture with the sliced apples.The other half of the brown sugar will be part of the crumble topping!

Place the apples in the large greased baking pan.

Mix the white sugar, flour, salt, and baking powder. Now for the crumbly part! Mix in one egg with a fork, kind of grinding it in, until there is a uniform crumble happening.

 It's coming along, but keep mixing...

There we go! Crumbly goodness.

Pour the crumble mixture over the apples.

Sprinkle the remaining brown sugar mixture on top.

And now... For the grand finale... Drizzle an entire stick of melted butter over the whole damn thing.

There are no words....

 Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Salivating....

Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

I hope you all make this wonderfully sweet, tart, buttery dessert and enjoy it as much as I do!

P.S. I just discovered Tasty Tuesday blog hops? What is this?!

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