Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Apple Crisp

Fuji Apples
photo from wikimedia

Fall is the season for apples and one of my favorite ways to make them more fattening is apple crisp.

This great weeknight recipe includes oatmeal and nuts so that you feel less guilty, since you are boosting the nutritional power of the dessert. Also, it is very yummy.

Apple Crisp
Serves 8

6 large Fuji Apples (or other cooking apple, 3 - 3.5 pounds)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon lemon juice

2/3 cup walnuts, chopped
3/4 cup old fashioned oatmeal
3/4 cup flour
6 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 sticks cold butter (you can use margarine if you feel you have to)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 2 1/2 qt baking dish with cooking spray.

Toast walnuts in a pan on top of stove until they smell, well, toasty. It only takes a few minutes, so watch them carefully so they don't burn. Spread walnuts on a cool plate and set aside.

Peel and core apples and slice into a large bowl. Add sugar, flour, cinnamon and lemon juice. Stir to coat and dump into prepared baking dish.

For the topping, stir together oatmeal, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut butter sticks into small cubes and work into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or your fingers. You are looking for a crumbly texture. When the mix comes together, add the toasted walnuts and incorporate quickly.

Sprinkle topping over apples and bake for 45-55 minutes, until topping is brown and apples are bubbling.

I like apple crisp all on its own, but you can add a scoop of ice cream or pour a little cream over your serving. Also, the leftovers are delicious for breakfast. ;-)

*If you like, you can sprinkle dried cranberries over the fruit mixture before adding the topping and baking.

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