Thursday, September 30, 2010

Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp

As we say goodbye to summer and welcome fall, it is also time to say goodbye to Mark Bittman and hello to Giada De Laurentiis at I Heart Cooking Clubs.  For my last bye bye to Mark (not that it will be my last Bittman recipe, heaven forbid!) I decided to go with a simple classic dessert.  It doesn’t get much easier than an apple crisp, and as someone who plans to go to her grave never having made a pie crust, it’s really the perfect solution.

This was so good, topped with some frozen vanilla yogurt, a perfect fall dessert.  Almost a little too perfect.  I’m trying to decide if perhaps I need to make one of these a week.  Because really, shouldn’t one always have some apple cinnamony goodness readily available?

Apple Crisp

  • 6 cups peeled, cored, sliced apples or other fruit
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 5 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into bits, plus extra for greasing the pan
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (optional)
  • 1/4 cups chopped nuts (optional)
  • dash salt

Preheat the oven to 400.  Toss the fruit with half the cinnamon, the lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of the sugar, and spread it out in a lightly greased 8-inch square or 9-inch round baking pan.

Combine the rest of the ingredients, including the remaining cinnamon and sugar in a food processor.  Pulse a few times and then process until everything is well incorporated, but not uniform. 

Spread the topping over the apples and bake 30 to 40 minutes, or until the topping is browned and the apples are tender.  Serve hot, warm or room temperature.

This will be my entry for I Heart Cooking Clubs!

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30 comments:

Joanne said...

Once a week apple cinnamony goodness sounds perfect to me. You do that and I'll promise to be standing outside your door once a week. With a plate.

hip-chick said...

I love, love, love apple crisp! I always use the recipe in the New York Times cookbook that my mum had while I was growing up. Page 618. I picked up a copy of my own at a second hand store. The funny thing is that the only thing I have ever made out of that book is the apple crisp!
I like mine with coffee ice cream...none of that frozen yogurt stuff for me thank you. And coconut is for pina coladas! :)

Les said...

It's still a little too warm here to start baking, but once it cools down, this will be the first thing I throw in the oven! Yummy! I, too, plan to go to my grave never having made a pie crust. :)

Barbara said...

You are so funny, Pam. Never, ever going to make pie crust?? :)

But I do adore crisps. All crisps. Any kind. Any fruit. As long as there is vanilla ice cream on top!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

The part of Rhode Island where I live is called Apple Valley. 'nuf said! The aroma of apples and cinnamon baking always reminds me of this time of year, no matter what time of year it actually is.

Mo 'Betta said...

Yes, I think warm cinnamon and apples should be available at all times - at least during the fall! I love apple crisp...and since I have tons of apples, I need to make one asap!

Peter M said...

I just saw Mark Bittman here in TO...pleasant fellow.

As for apple crisp, one of my fave desserts, so easy and so tasty - I could eat the whole baking dish (I have)!

Lea Ann said...

There is just nothing better than vanilla ice cream melting over any type of crisp/cobbler! Looks so delicious.

Joanna said...

Great choice for your last recipe! I've been contemplating mine for days! Now I just want a big bowl of apple crisp.

La Table De Nana said...

One of all time faves..Yours looks delish:)

food for thought said...

mouthwatering shot!

June said...

Absolutely nothing can beat an apple crisp, except maybe apple/pear crisp. Love it Pam and love your photo too!

lisa is cooking said...

My goodness, that looks amazing with the frozen yogurt on top! I'm very ready for fall desserts like this.

Marjie said...

We were on the same page last night. I made apple cobbler!

dotblogg said...

sounds really nice:) last time I made an apple "tart" without anything and it was the most delicious cake I ever made:)
hugs
J.

Jacqueline said...

This is one of the best things about Autumn :)

Amy said...

Adding to my list of "what to do with all those hand picked apples from the apple orchard?" Not a tough sell to say the least.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Mmm, the best part of fall! I love apple cinnamony goodness!

Nancy said...

I've been looking for a good apple-crisp recipe for apple season. Thanks, this looks wonderful!

a good yarn said...

Add some rhubarb and I'm all yours.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Pam, this is probably one dessert I could eat for the rest of my life - apple crisp/crumble has a very special place in my heart, I absolutely love it. Actually, you're making me crave it right now. :D

Esme said...

I so love apple crisp-everything you cook looks delicious.

Esme said...

I so love apple crisp-everything you cook looks delicious.

Kim said...

Apple crisp is one of those recipes that you simply must make at the beginning of every fall season. It looks beautiful!

Yvette said...

The apple crisp looks delicious! nice way to say goodbye to Bittman

Chris said...

I don't do much baking but I can do apple crisp for one reason. It doesn't have to look pretty!

Debinhawaii said...

I think apple crisp is pretty much the best dessert ever, especially warm and with good vanilla ice cream. ;-)
Great pick--it looks amazing!

Chef Fresco said...

Yay for Fall! Apple crisps are the best and this one looks delicious!

Couscous & Consciousness said...

Pam, I'm so with you on pie crust - the idea of making pastry terrifies me :-) But who the hell needs pastry if they can have a dessert like this - looks wonderful :-)
Sue

grace said...

apples + cinnamon + butter + a cold vanilla refreshment of some sort = satisfaction. and yes, i always have it on hand, even if it means canned apple pie filling and ice cream from the back of the freezer. :)