This is our first apple crisp of the season! Oh my stars, I could feast on this all night, it's that amazing.
First, it comes straight from my Betty Crocker cookbook. The recipe is a simple topping of oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and butter and the apples are just the most gorgeous mix of Cortlands and Honey Crisps I could find!
And if you haven't tried a "Honey Crisp" Apple yet, then you must. Go ahead, run to the apple farm, I'll wait.....
(Moseys around... makes coffee.... drinks it.... comes back.....)
AREN'T THEY MARVELOUS?????? YES, YES, YES!!!!!
But I'm happy with good ol' Cortlands for baking and cooking because they're:
3. Did I mention cheaper????
Cortlands and Crispins always turn out good baked goods. They're indestructible. I love them! And if I've shared this recipe before, trust me: It's good enough to share twice! And you can add raisins/nuts if you want, but my crew likes it standard issue. Lots of apples (I use 6 cups instead of the 4 cups recommended by the recipe) and I double the topping.
Because I can.
6 cups nice, firm apples, peeled, cored and sliced into 13" x 9" pan
1 cup flour
1 cups quick oats
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2/3 cup butter, cold
Mix all dry ingredients. Slice cold butter into dry ingredients, then cut it into the dry mix with either a pastry blender or two knives, criss-crossing each other. When mixture looks "mealy", spread it over apples. Bake at 350° for about 35-40 minutes or until top is golden and apples are tender...
Serve on its own or with ice cream and or whipped cream.
Now while this was baking, we had a kitten hunt going on. Two kittens escaped from the short-sided box I had them in... and then they squeezed through (Their eyes weren't even open yet!!!) the spaces in the giant dog kennel and Mama took them to the wood pile and HID THEM.
So today we tricked her.... Christina and Casey (two after school helpers) brought out one of the three remaining kittens and set him on the ground. Mama heard him, grabbed him up and carried him across the yard, to the big wood piles and dived UNDER a woodpile through a tiny hole you'd never think a cat could fit through.
Well, she did. So then Dave and the girls started removing the wood carefully, until they got to the kitten nest.... and Christina and Casey then brought all three kittens back to the tall box I now have in the ginormous dog crate.
And that was totally Dave's idea. And it worked. Good job, ol' Dave!!!!
And this is Christina:
And here is my side garden.... the little wall I built keeps MOST children out, but I find kittens sleeping in between the bushes and the flowers all the time. So sweet!!!
And then there's this!!!!!
Virginia, you're in a big apple area out there, too. It's really amazing how well apples do here. The longer, milder falls and the crisp/cold nights finish them off perfectly.
We are apple blessed!!!