Apple Crisp, The Old Fashioned Way
Mom often made this simple, old fashioned apple crisp for us when we were growing up. It was always a favorite. Dad liked ice cream with it, but I like it just the way it is, especially when still warm from the oven. The flavor is delicious, the crumb topping just crumbly enough. It’s very easy to make too which is always a plus to me.
The hardest (or most time consuming) part of the recipe is peeling the apples. At least hat’s what my dad used to say. He’d peel while Mom assembled, whether it be apple crisp or pies. He always used to tease that he did most of the work. Needless to say he got a lot of different apple peelers for gifts after that.
For this batch I used half Granny Smith apples and half Fuji because that is what I had on hand. Any will work, but I do prefer at least some Granny Smiths in there for their tartness and crispness. You can use more of less sugar, depending how sweet you like it. The original recipe called for 1/2 cup sugar to be tossed with the apples, but I find a 1/4 cup is plenty. Sometimes I’ll add cinnamon, but it doesn’t even need that.
It’s simple and scrumptious just as it is! It’s another comfort food I think, since it’s another of my mom’s old recipes. It always reminds me of winter nights sitting by the fireplace. Hope you enjoy it too.
Serves: 6 servings[img:1]
- 5 or 6 Apples, granny smitih, or another tart apple
- ¼ cup sugar, to toss with apples
- ½ cup sugar
- ¾ cup flour
- ⅓ cup butter, softened
- Preheat over 350 degrees.
- Butter the bottom of a square baking pan.
- Peel and slice apples, then put them in baking dish.
- Mix ¼ cup sugar with the apples, tossing gently to coat.
- Blend flour, sugar, and butter as you would for a pie crust, until it is crumbly.
- Pour the crumb mixture evenly over the apples, pressing down gently.
- Bake until apples are softened and the topping is lightly brown. (usually between 45 to 60 minutes).
- Serve hot or cold. Ice cream is a popular topping to serve with it.
My favorite small appliance, the Ninja lives up to its name. It will blend the topping mixture for this dish in seconds. If your hand gets tired trying to cut in butter and flour for this recipe or pie crusts, you’ll love the Ninja. You can read my review and see photos here: My Ninja Master Prep Professional. You can see how well it works. I try to update the photos every time I use it on something new. It chops veggies, grinds coffee, blends frozen butter, crushes ice, mixes batter….Just to name a few.
I recommend one of these peelers if you are serious about your job as my dad was. We had two apple trees, one especially prolific. If you want to make apple sauce, pies, or anything else, this will make it quicker and easier!