Backyard Apple Crisp
My favorite time of year is apple picking time. There is just something so nostalgic about being in an old apple orchard picking apples from trees that have been there for years and years. The leaves have all turned to beautiful fall colors of reds, oranges, yellows, and browns.
We have some old apple trees in our backyard that usually produce small (though flavorful) apples up at the top of the trees. This year seems to have been an unusually good year for apples because all six of our trees are heavily laden with large apples that make the branches stay low to the ground. We don’t spray our apple trees so the apples have all kinds of unique apple character! They range from crisp white inner tartness to more yellow sweet tastes and are perfect for baking as you get a wonderful balance of apple flavors.
One of our family favorites that is easy to make is backyard apple crisp. This dish can feed a crowd and a dollop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream make this dessert extra special.
To start, grease a 9×13 glass baking dish. Peel, core, and slice or chunk the apples and put the slices/chunks in the baking dish. Mix in a Tablespoon of flour, a teaspoon of cinnamon and a ½ cup of water. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, melt a ½ cup of butter and then stir in 1 cup of brown sugar, ½ a tablespoon of cinnamon, and 1 cup of rolled oats. Once that is well combined, add in 1 cup of all-purpose flour, ¼ teaspoon of baking powder, and a ¼ teaspoon of baking soda. Mix that together until crumbly.
Spread over top of the apples until covered and then place in the oven and bake at 350◦F for 45 minutes or until the apples are soft and the topping has browned.
If you have any leftovers, store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week, though I doubt it will last that long!