Saturday, September 21, 2013

Apple Crisp for a Minimalist Frame of Mind.


Everyone needs essentials in their wardrobe, you know, the black pair of pants, the trench coat, the white t shirt.  I consider an apple crisp to be an "essential" in one's culinary repertoire. It's simple to make but never fails to make an impression.  Serve with ice cream, whipped cream, or if you're English, custard.  Of course there are endless variations to an apple crisp, blackberries, cranberries, blueberries or pears just for starters. But to a minimalist mind an apple crisp with a pinch of cinnamon is the perfect Fall dessert.



Apple Crisp.

For the apples.

7-9 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Zest and juice of an orange
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

For the Crisp.

1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup oatmeal
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/3 cup brown sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cup into cubes

Heat the oven to 375F

Peel, core and slice the apples.

Combine the apple slices with the sugar, vanilla extract, zest and juice of the orange.  Place the ingredients into a pie dish.

In a large bowl combine the flour, oatmeal, cinnamon and sugar.

Add the butter and rub into the flour mixture until the butter is the size of peas.  Pour the crisp topping on top of the apples.

Place the pie dish on a baking tray, put into the oven and bake for approximately 50 minutes or until golden and bubbling around the edges.

Remove from the oven, cool a little and serve.


38 comments:

  1. I love apples this look delicious!!

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  2. O h my gosh, that is such a perfect way to put it, its an essential to ones repertoire, I agree completely!!!Sometimes the most simple things in life are the best!

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  3. Just one of the great tasting things that the season of Fall calls for. Can't beat apple desserts and this one looks like a sure winner...

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  4. I like your orange addition:-) I love apple crisp..

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  5. A fantastic apple crisp, Mary. That thick layer of golden brown crisp topping is simply irresistible.

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  6. Oh Mary, do I want a scoop of this! Saving this recipe. xo

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  7. perfect for this time of year, can't wait to try this recipe thanks!

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  8. Looks delicious as always Mary. I always add a bit of oats to my topping. Apple Crisp is one of my favourite Autumn desserts!

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  9. Hi Mary, British mum who has become an American Mom! Your Apple Crisp and our Apple Crumble from dear old England!
    I agree it's the most wonderful dessert to do and is always so popular with everyone! I like your version with oats which I use too. One of the best dessert recipes to share here, especially now the new apples of the season are appearing!
    I will try your version with orange juice and peel if I can find organic oranges because that really sounds good! Thank you for sharing such flavourful ideas!

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  10. It's Sunday, a crumble is definitely required and this looks scrummy. My mum used to make a crumble or a trifle every Sunday without fail. I like mine with custard.

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  11. You're so right, Mary. Everyone has a basic apple crisp recipe. Like the idea of a little orange in it.

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  12. awesome ,.. I bet you the whole house would have smelled sooo good...

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  13. Wonderful culinary wardrobe basic, Mary:) I always play around with seeds, nuts, buckwheat, various oils, sugar/ no sugar when making crumble, but you know what? You're absolutely right!- If you want to serve up a real crumble that everyone will love then this is the perfect recipe. Saroj x

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  14. This crumble makes me want to welcome apples & fall with open arms. Love the culinary analogy to your basic wardrobe. Hope you are having a good weekend.
    Sam

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  15. When I was little I used to just eat the topping. Of course, now I eat it all. This looks worthy!

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  16. One of my favorite go-to dishes...
    Do you know a gluten-free recipe?
    My daughter has celiac disease...

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Hey Linda, just use a ready done gluten free flour, all purpose or self raising (check raising agent is GF) depending on what you have in Canada, and then proceed as per Mary's instructions - we make GF crumble quite a lot and it turns out really well as you are not expecting it to be like pastry which does not always turn out well when GF.

      If she can take GF oats (if you can find any) you could add a few for extra crunch in the topping - or some dried fruit perhaps?

      Sorry Mary to bomb your chance to reply.

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  17. Hi Mary! I am soooo ready for Apple Crisp and all the "fally" goodies Autumn has to offer. I must say though, I'm minus a black trench coat in the wardrobe line. Maybe this year, lol...

    Thank you so much for sharing...

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  18. Su crujiente de manzana luce muy tentador es una receta perfecta para mí,abrazos.

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  19. Oh my, this looks so good! A scoop of ice cream would indeed be wonderful!

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  20. Apple crisp is a must make in the fall with fresh apples. Your apple crisp looks delicious.

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  21. I have a great little recipe for this that I totally forgot about - sounds similar to yours - I need to pull it out. How I love a crumbled top, a la mode! I bet your kitchen is smelling delicious during this season! xoL

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  22. I just made a cinnamon apple almond cake. Looks like we were both in the mood for apples.
    Love this crisp, Mary. Gotta try it in a few days when the Cale's gone. xo

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  23. Perfection Mary. Now you have me craving a good crisp. :)

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  24. I love a good apple crisp and your's looks so delicious! As always, a nice simple recipe. :)

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  25. Perfect first dessert to make with fall apples!

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  26. Oh Mary! Your crisp looks perfect and makes me want to run out and buy a bunch of apples and make it up this week. I love apple crisp, it's easy and tastes like fall. I'm just waiting for some crisp fall weather to arrive as it still feels like summer out here! xoxo, Jackie

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  27. It's so true! You just can't go wrong with apple crisp!

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  28. That looks so good, Mary!! I wish I had a big bowl full of it right now.. with some homemade vanilla ice cream!!! YUM!!!! :)

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  29. I agree everyone has to have a great Apple Crisp recipe to share with others in the fall. I especially like that you use oranges in yours instead of lemon juice. That alone has to take your crisp to a new level. Great recipe. I'll be sure to try your version, when I make it - soon!

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  30. Apple crisps are so good and this one looks amazing. I also think adding orange is brilliant. Great recipes!

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  31. great recipe! it makes a lovely dessert or even breakfast, would love to have it with some ice cream too!

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  32. hey I can be a minimalist if it means I can get to eat this crisp. It looks awesome is the only think I know to say!

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  33. Mary, it is always a good idea to have these basic and seasonal recipes that everyone in the family enjoys. One can never ever have enough of them. I can just imagine the lovely smell emanating from the kitchen while backing a lovely apple crisp like yours with all those fresh apples that are available right now.

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  34. My absolute favorite. My mother used to make it all the time when we were little. I like it more than pie. I eat mine with coffee ice cream.

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  35. Hey Mary! Great reminder about the cinammon, we don't always remember that in England - or you could go with cloves of course! I am hungry again now....

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  36. This looks delicious! I am making apple crumble for the childrens' tea today - such a good pud.

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  37. A similar recipe is the first one my grandmother taught me to make! An essential one by all means Mary!

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