I still had a few deer apples left from my last batch and needed to use them up. I decided to make a batch of apple crisp instead of more applesauce. This is a hit at our holiday gatherings, especially with Grandpa Larry who always asks for seconds so I’m naming it after him. It is definitely good with ice cream, but also good with milk.
Grandpa Larry’s Apple Crisp
- 6-7 apples, peeled, cored and sliced (or enough to fill your baking dish)
- 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 C oats (we use Bob’s Red Mill)
- 2 T Gluten Free flour (optional)
- 1/4 cup cold butter
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 – 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 – 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Optional: raisins, dried cranberries, currants plus orange juice, apple juice or brandy
- Optional: walnuts, pecans
This is a throw together kind of recipe and my measurements are guesses. You can really modify this a lot to suit your needs.
- 30 minutes before beginning, soak dried fruit in juice/brandy if using.
- Preheat oven to 400F
- Put prepared apples into 9×9 non-metallic baking dish (or whatever size you are using)
- Add dried fruit and nuts if using.
- In separate bowl mix flour, oats, butter, spices, brown sugar and vanilla together with your hands or a pastry cutter until they resemble crumbs. The flour really doesn’t do much here so if you don’t have any, don’t sweat it. Just don’t substitute corn starch. It doesn’t work here.
- Sprinkle crumb mixture over apples. (This amount will not cover the dish, we don’t like tons of topping but if you do, double it.)
- Bake at 400F for 30 min or until apples are soft to a fork and topping is brown. This time can vary considerably depending on what type of apples you are using so start checking around the 25 min mark. If it is browning too fast, drop the temperature a bit.
Variations to this are unlimited. I like to add plums to the apples or sweet cherries. Fresh or dried. Most days I just throw in what I have and it is always tasty. I don’t put sugar or seasonings in with the apples but you could if you like more spice and sugar. Dots of butter on the apples give a richer dish as well.