Ultimate Apple Crisp

So…what do you whip up when it’s supposed to be spring, but feels and looks like winter?

UltimateAppleCrisp

Something that tastes like fall.

Seriously. This solution makes perfect sense to me.

Mother Nature is (still) messing with us, so I might as well make the most of it.

With this post, I am officially bestowing upon myself the worst food blogger award. Everyone else online has their menu synched up to the seasons. Me? I go with my gut, which wanted apple crisp. Not just any apple crisp would do though.

I needed Ultimate Apple Crisp.

Apples

Peeled

Ironically enough, what takes this treat from ordinary to ultimate isn’t the apples. No offense to the ones pictured above. You guys were great.

These aren’t some fancy schmance apples you can only find in some specialty store.

Don’t tell anyone, but they’re not even organic.

All apples used in this dessert were regular, ol’ run of the mill granny smiths. About those everyday, ordinary apples. Peel, chop and get ready to jazz ’em up!

ApplesOomph

Seriously, guys. This is where things start to get really good.

After adding some fresh cranberries for a punch of color and pop of flavor, give everything a good a douse of lemon juice. Use fresh if you’re feeling fancy or bottled if you’re lazy like me.

Then comes a dusting of deliciousness. Pretty much the epitome of sugar, spice and everything nice.

We’re not done yet though. Here comes the crisp.

Bowl

This crisp? I can’t even. I know everything in that bowl above is awesome on its own, but see that butter sitting back there?

After some of it is browned and beautiful, it’s going to bring the booyah.

As always, you’ll have to taste this to see what I’m talking about. The only way to describe it is ultimate.

Ultimate Apple Crisp

adapted from allrecipes.com

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:
Filling
5 large granny smith apples – peeled, cored and sliced
1/3 cup fresh cranberries (optional)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 tablespoon white whole wheat flour (or all-purpose)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
1/4 cup lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
Topping
3/4 cup oats
3/4 cup white whole wheat flour (or all-purpose)
3/4 dark brown sugar, lightly packed
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
6 tablespoons browned butter
pinch of salt

ice cream or fro yo (optional)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place the sliced apples – and cranberries, if using – in an 8×8 inch pan. Mix the white sugar, 1 tablespoon flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and pinch of salt together, and sprinkle over apples. Pour lemon juice evenly over everything.

Combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and melted butter together. Crumble evenly over the apple mixture.

Bake for 40-45 minutes – glass pans may need more time than metal. Consider yourself warned.

Serve with ice cream or fro yo of your choice. I used Edy’s Slow Churned Caramel Delight and didn’t hate it. At all.

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How ’bout them apples?

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