Apple Crisp

Apple  crisp or  apple  crumble is  a   delectable  desert  with   baked  apples  on the  bottom   and a crunchy   crust  on the   top .   It is  a  quick  desert  as   there is  almost  no prep  time   involved .  Takes  30 minutes  to  bake  and   can be  served  warm .    This  humble  desert  can be  dressed  up  by baking individual portions  in  ramekins  and   served   with a   dollop of  ice  cream .  Doesn’t  it  sound   good  already ?

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Usually   hard  apples  like granny smith  as    are  preferred by  bakers  as  they  hold  their  shape  after  baking .  In   this   recipe    we  can easily use   any  apples  in your  pantry . Another thing  I love  about this   recipe  is that it   you  can  easily  substitute  whole wheat  flour  in place of  white  flour .

Here is  how to go about it …
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Peel   and  core  the  apples. Slice   them  into  a  ½ thick  pieces  .    Squeeze  the  lemon  over  the  apples  to prevent  them   from  turning  brown .   Mix   ½  tsp  cinnamon  and  the   nutmeg , if  using ,   with  2  tbsp  sugar  and  spread  on the  sliced  apples  and   toss to  mix  well .
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In  another  bowl mix  the   oats ,  flour  , ½ tsp  cinnamon ,  baking  powder and  the   remaining   sugar .  Cut  3 tablespoon   of  cold    butter  into this  mix  using   a fork or  a  pastry cutter   until  it  resembles  crumbs. Add  1 to 2 tablespoon  of  water  if  necessary .
Note : If  you are  using  using  whole  wheat  flour   add the  water  any way as  it   as  whole  wheat  tends to absorb more  water    and  helps  it   from   drying  out .
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Spread  the   apples  on an   non reactive  pan  into an even  layer .    Here I have  used  a 9″ glass pie  dish . Pour   the  crumb mix  evenly on  top  of  the  apples .   

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Cut  the   remaining  butter  into  small  chunks  and   scatter  on  top .

Cover  loosely  with an  aluminium  foil   and  bake in a 350 degree oven  for 20   minutes .  Remove the  cover   and  bake   for  another  10 to  20 minutes   until   you see  the   sides  bubbling  and  tops  lightly brown . 

As  always  the  baking  times  are  approximate .  It   could   vary  depending  on your   oven  settings  as   well as  the  size of  the  pan used .   Always   check  5 to   10 minutes   ahead of   time  if  you are  unsure . 

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Serve by itself  or   with a   scoop  of  vanilla ice  cream  .  Enjoy !!!

Apple  Crisp

Ingredients

Gala  apples  – 6

Lemon – 1

Oats – ½ c

Flour – ½ c  (Whole wheat / All purpose )

Baking  powder – ½ tsp (optional)

Butter –  6 tbsp (divided)

Brown Sugar –  ½  c

Salt – a pinch

Water – 1 to 2  tbsp

Cinnamon  – 1 tsp

Nutmeg –  a pinch  (optional)

Method

Pre heat  the  oven  to 350 degrees  F  (160 degree  C ).

Peel  and  core  the  apples .    Slice  them into  ½ “ thick slices .

Squeeze  the  lemon over  the  apples .   Mix  in ½  tsp  cinnamon   ,  nutmeg  and   2  tbsp  sugar  with the  apples .  Set  aside .

In another   bowl  mix  the  remaining  dry ingredients .   Cut  in   3 tbsp of  cold  butter  into this  mix  until   the   mixture  looks  like  crumbs .  Add   1  to  2  tbsp of  water  if  necessary .

Transfer  the apples  into an  8” X8”  pan  .  Spread  to form an  even  layer .

Pour  the   crumb mix  over  it  evenly .   Chop the   remaining  3  tablespoon  butter   into small  chunks  and  dot  the   top  .

Loosely  cover   with   foil  and  transfer  to the   preheated   oven .   Bake  for   20 minutes ,  remove  the   foil   and  bake  for  another  10 to  20 minutes  until  the   top is  slightly brown   and  the   apples  are   bubbly .

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