This is delicious, warming, flavorful and always satisfying, a true winner. The fact that this is superfast and simple to prepare only makes this even more of a winner in our house! There is something great about a recipe that celebrates the imperfect and this is exactly what a perfect crisp does, larger pieces of crisp mixed in with smaller pieces. The kids are always looking for the larger nuggets of the crisp topping with the divine apple base. This will fill your kitchen with a beautiful scent of warm spices and it brings everyone to the table.
For this delightful apple crisp you will need the following:
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup traditional oats
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1.5 sticks cold butter
- 6-8 apples
- 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
- grated zest 1 lemon
- juice of half a lemon
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven 35o degrees
To make the crumb mixture, first you need to place the cold butter in a bowl, you should cut the butter into cubes to make it easier to combine. Now add the flour, brown sugar, oats, coconut (love coconut!).
Also place your cinnamon, nutmeg and salt into the bowl.
Now comes the messy part, this is great to do with the kids! Tempting as it may be to use a food processer there really is something that is better about an imperfect crisp where the larger chunks of crisp really are a treat. If you use the food processer it will produce a topping that is too fine and uniform…this is one of the few recipes where you are not looking for this and instead you are celebrating the imperfect!
Using your fingertips combine all of the ingredients making sure it is all we incorporated.
Once you have combined all of the ingredients and have a mixture of larger and smaller nuggets then just pop your bowl into your refrigerator so that the butter can harden again whilst you prepare the fruit base.
Now it is time to peel and core the apples and cut them into eighths, pouring the lemon juice over them as you go to keep them fresh. Once you have done this you just need to toss the apples in the vanilla extract, lemon zest and granulated sugar. You can adjust the granulated sugar and/or whether to add any sugar at all will depend on the tartness of your apples. You need to have a good amount of apple as they will cook down but remember to leave room for your topping.
This crumb mixture works really well with cherries, peaches, blueberries and many more fruit…
Now to help you out for serving and clean up once this has been devoured you should grease the ovenproof dish that you will be baking this in. Next add the apples and sprinkle the chilled topping over the apples.
This will take 40 minutes to cook…
and is always popular with vanilla ice cream in our house…Enjoy x♥x