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Apple Crisp

I am late today posting, and the rest of the week may be a bit haphazard – the drug dealer from Florida who bought this dump, sight unseen, as a “legitimate” front our responsible and immensely caring landlord has taken our rents and run because that’s what sleazy gigolo criminals do forsaken us due to financial difficulties and the power to our office building is going to may be shut off today.  We have a backup plan, since we’ve been unpleasantly aware of this possibility for some time, but implementing it is going to take time and effort we really can’t spare right now.

Life – it surely can be interesting.

Anyhoo, I learned a couple of things while making this recipe yesterday:

  1. Never buy apples in bags no matter how cheap they are; half of them will be bruised beyond use.
  2. I could use a course in food photography.

Oh, I’m getting better, I’m just not progressing at a rate that suits me – I’m definitely not happy with the shots I took for this.  Oh, well; you’ll get the basic gist of it all.

So, faced with half a bag of reasonably decent Macintosh apples, I decided to make an apple crisp with them, and some homemade vanilla ice cream.  Now, if you’ll scroll waaaaay down and look at the sidebar, you’ll see a little button that says “Cook, Eat, Share – Featured Author.”  I have NO idea how they found me, but the people who run this site sent me an email asking me to be a contributor on their site, and since I have what is ostensibly a food blog where I post recipes at least once a week, I got the status of “Featured Author.”

I have absolutely no idea what that entails as of yet, but it is quite flattering.

Anyway, I haven’t had much of a chance to search the site for recipes until this weekend, but when I did I found a treasure trove – if you need recipes, you should really check this site out.  I found one for “Double Crumb Apple Crisp” that looked just wonderful, but it made a ton.  With some adjustments in ingredients, proportions and procedure, I came up with a dessert much more suitable to a household of three (one of which won’t touch it because he only likes “crunchy” apples 🙄 ).

It can be easily doubled if you’re feeding a crowd, and is absolutely tasty no matter how large you make it.

Note: if you use salted butter, cut the amount of salt in half.


Apple Crisp

serves 6 – 8

7 cups thinly sliced cooking apples

1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar, depending on the tartness of the apples

1 teaspoon cinammon

1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

2 teaspoons corn starch

1 cup old fashioned rolled oats

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt (I use kosher salt)

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

Combine the apples, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large mixing bowl and allow to sit for about half an hour.  Stir, and sprinkle with the corn starch; mix thoroughly.

While the apples are macerating, preheat the oven to 350° F.  Whisk the oats, brown sugar, flour and salt together in a large mixing bowl, cut the butter in to the oatmeal mixture with a pastry cutter or two table knives until it is coarse and crumbly.

Press a little more than half the oatmeal mixture in the bottom of an 8″ x 8″ glass baking dish; spread the apples evenly over the top.  Sprinkle the remaining oatmeal mixture over the apples.

Bake for 40 – 50 minutes, until the topping is brown and crisp and the apples are tender.  Serve warm, with ice cream if desired.


Erin says:

Congrats on the link up to the food site. How cool is that? Featured Author. Very nice. (Also, I am a fan of crunchy apples – I totally get that.) 🙂
.-= Erin´s last blog ..please do what you can =-.

LPC says:

Yum. Now THIS one is legal in California. Hoo yah. Even though the apples are macerating. Congrats on the food link. Well-deserved.
.-= LPC´s last blog ..Martin Luther King On Non-Violent Resistance =-.

SuziCate says:

Congrats. Apple Crisp is my absolute favorite desert. I have a recipe for one that is a little different as the crust and topping are made with a cake mix, no oats.I’m sure it’s a lot more fattening and not nearly as good for you though! BTW, your pics are good, makes me wants some NOW!!!!
.-= SuziCate´s last blog ..Last One Standing =-.

Michele says:

I love apple crisp over apple pie any day. This look yummy! The photos are great.

Congrats on being selected as the featured cook!
.-= Michele´s last blog ..Go Meatless Monday! Some easy strategies for going meatless one day a week. =-.

Pseudo says:

Baking is harder for me than cooking as measuring is so much more important. Last night I made cookies during the Golden Globes, and I used a 2 cup measuring cup but forgot it was two cup and put in twice as much flour as the recipe called for.

The cookies are NOT good.
.-= Pseudo´s last blog ..Play nice… =-.

Mo says:

Are you trying to make me drool?

I’m with you on the bagged apples thing. Waste of time.

Beth says:

Congrats on being a featured cook! How cool.

Now, that apple crisp looks amazing.
.-= Beth´s last blog ..Lessons learned… so far =-.

Lori says:

Congratulations!!! Woot!!! One step closer to having that published cookbook and cooking show…:) And yes life surely can be interesting. Ugh! And what’s wrong with these pictures? Yummy! We are lucky in that we still have apples that we harvested last fall at my parents as we keep them in the food cellar in the basement, as we do potatoes. In fact we are still making applesauce with them. Happy Manic Monday. XX
.-= Lori´s last blog ..Not Always, but Sometimes… =-.

rubbish says:

Congrats on the featured authour gig Jan, you deserve it. Don’t forget us loyal readers when you get your own show.
P.s. no chocolate or meat yet again.
.-= rubbish´s last blog ..Betting on the Scousers =-.

I was doing so well today. And now, there goes my resolve not to raid the pantry. Gr!
.-= Sprite’s Keeper´s last blog ..I’m sure he missed us. =-.

I know a “featured author”!! Wow! I feel so honored! I’m also starving right now … do you have any extra apple crisp to spare?
.-= Twenty Four At Heart´s last blog ..An "Epic" Storm =-.

Di says:

I’ve never found anyone who makes apple crisp as good as my mom’s. Even mine is not that good. Why is that?

The Blue Ridge Gal
Ready for dessert.
.-= Di´s last blog ..Laundry For Love =-.

Ginger says:

Your apple crisp pictures are amazing! I don’t know why you’re not happy with them. You sure do have us all drooling over them.

I checked out the Cook, Ear, Share blog and it looks wonderful! Found a recipe right off the bat for a Cowboy Caviar, which I MUST make for the next football game (even though it won’t be the Cowboys playing!)
.-= Ginger´s last blog ..Wilmington, NC: A Year In Review =-.

Gretchen says:

Why are you posting pictures of a delicious dessert when I’m trying to be on a diet? Damn.

Pippa says:

Oooh its healthy as it has apples in!
.-= Pippa´s last blog ..Top Ender Giggles – Death by Top Ender =-.

I am big on apple crisp recipes; it’s my son’s favorite. This one sounds yummy; I’ll be trying it next time he’s home.
.-= Maureen@IslandRoar´s last blog ..Spin Cycle: Opinions =-.

Not only does this look delicious but your photos are fabulous.
.-= Erin@TheLocalsLoveIt´s last blog ..I hate shopping… =-.

Jane Gaston says:

You’re SO right about not buying apples in bags, or any other kind of fruit, for that matter.

Gee, I hope your personal situation can be resolved quickly and easily. Damn crooks!
.-= Jane Gaston´s last blog ..My Nail Tearing Project =-.

I hear ya on buying apples in a bag – so many of them are unusable it’s no savings in the long run. YUM!! On the apple crisp! I haven’t made that in a long time…now I’ll have no excuse. Except I forgot to buy apples. 😉

Congrats on the feature! Very well deserved! 🙂
.-= Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)´s last blog ..It’s Going to be Time to Cross Over to the Other Side and Switch to a MAC =-.

Congrats on being featured on the food blog, Jan!

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