Here in the San Francisco Bay Area we are getting apples in our CSA box on a weekly basis… still. We are also getting kale and collard greens on a weekly basis…still, but more to come on those in the future. Until now I associated apples with fall. Growing up here I didn’t really experience fall (or any other season in its true form) until I went to the Midwest for college, however, apples still seemed like something you were supposed to eat in the fall – and certainly not in the winter or spring. I also have never been particularly excited about eating apples, in fact, I’d probably choose to eat most other fruit before I’d choose to eat an apple. My favorite apple-related item is definitely hot apple cider seasoned with mulling spices – a perfect accompaniment to reading a book by the fire on a chilly evening.
A few months ago when it became clear we’d be getting apples weekly until further notice I had to figure out something to do with all of these apples (apple cider wouldn’t be an option since I don’t have the equipment and it takes quite a large amount of apples just to make a few mugs full). My boyfriend mentioned that his mom (a fantastic cook) had a great apple crisp recipe. Now I’m not a huge fan of baked fruit but I thought I’d give this recipe a try. The recipe is simple yet tasty, a perfect way to use up some extra apples or an easy dessert for the apple-lovers among you.
4-5 cups sliced apples
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/3 cup flour
1 cup uncooked oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup melted butter
Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Place the apples in a greased shallow baking dish (a 9 by 13 inch cassarole dish works well). Sprinkle with lemon juice. Combine dry ingredients. Add melted butter and mix until crumbly. Sprinkle crumb mixture over the apples. Bake for approximately 30 mins.
The crisp is great with some vanilla ice cream. Also, I urge you to try variations. Here are some I’ve tried: add a tsp vanilla extract, fresh squeezed orange juice instead of lemon juice, white sugar instead of brown sugar. Please share any yummy variations – per usual I’ll be getting more apples this week!