My boyfriend is such a lucky bum. He gets to indulge in every single item I bake, no questions asked. It's like, imagine for a moment that someone is always making random desserts without you having to ask, because that's what they enjoy doing, and you can just sit around and wait for the next thing to come out of the oven. I wish there was someone that did that for me, hah! Anyway, I asked him what he was interested in trying next, and he told me he really wanted something with lots of cinnamon in it. Ideas of carrot cake and cinnamon buns twirled around in my head for a while, but neither were piquing my interest at the moment.
Then, my parents came to visit for the day and brought me a bagful of fresh apples and plums… and that got my gears turning. Being like many other college students, I don't usually eat fruit, and that's a habit that developed out of having little access to fresh fruits other than apples and bananas that are overpriced in our dining halls. So even when my parents are kind enough to bring me fruit, they usually get forgotten after I eat one or two, which is unfortunate. Apple pie was out of the question, as I had no pie crust nor the means to make one, but I did find a mouth-watering and very well-rated recipe for apple crisp that sounded perfect to me. I could use up some of my apples and have lots of cinnamon in it, plus it's a warm dessert which is always nice in the wintertime… yum. I took a few liberties with this recipe and it still came out great! Apple crisp is definitely an easier alternative to apple pie, and I'll remember that next time I have spare apples to use up. (I got some hand me down orange plates that you might see in my pictures in the future… it's nice to finally have something else besides the Corelle plates I've been subsisting on… although orange is a tough plate color to use haha.)
4 cups thinly sliced apples (I used 2 medium-large gala apples)
1/3 cup white sugar
1 1/2 tsp all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 cup water
for the topping –
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats (I used 1 package instant oatmeal – cinnamon roll flavor)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, softened
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Slice up apples and sprinkle with some lemon juice if desired to keep them from browning. Mix together white sugar, 1 1/2 tsp flour, and cinnamon together. Toss apple slices in sugar mixture until coated. Evenly layer the apple slices on the bottom of an 8" round pan or equivalent. Pour the water evenly over the apples.
3. In a bowl, stir together oats, 1/2 cup flour, brown sugar, baking power, and baking soda. Using a fork, cut up the softened butter into small chunks and mix into oats and sugar mixture until you get mostly small crumbles about the size of small peas or so. Spoon over apple slices.
4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes. Serve hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and enjoy! :)
I think when I make this recipe again, a few changes I would make include peeling the apples first (I wasn't a big fan of the skin still being there), and maybe giving them a little bit of time to cook on a stovetop prior to assembling in a pan, since I think I would have liked the apples just a tiny bit softer. And finally, I would either add more butter or reduce the amount of topping mixture so that the butter to topping ratio results in bigger crumbles. But the amount of topping in this recipe is already plenty for my pan, so don't heed the reviewers of the original recipe that insisted on doubling the topping heh.
I was very happy with the results of this recipe… the apple crisp smelled so good while it was baking, the entire apartment was filled with its wonderful aroma. I just couldn't wait for it to cool down to dig in! I also thought it was really convenient that I could just sub in a package of instant oatmeal for the quick oats, and I'm sure the powder in the package added to the cinnamon flavor (I quadrupled the cinnamon in the total recipe and I thought it was just perfect). Yum!