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Simple Apple Crisp

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See those pretty, shiny apples?  They are destined to be something greater in my opinion.  Fresh fruit rarely stays in it’s original form for long at my house.  I can eat raw vegetables on a tray all day long, but any sort of fruit I get my hands on gets turned into a sweet dish or a smoothie.  

I don’t have a theory to explain my little streak of madness when it come to fruit and desserts other than the obvious:  fruit is great in dessert!  If you’re not satisfied with the obvious explanation, well then, I guess I can safely blame my mother.  She made her delicious peach cobbler and apple pie a bunch when I was growing up and I remain strangely addicted to fruit-based desserts….especially when served warm and topped with vanilla ice cream.  Thanks Mom!

I typically like to keep it simple and just dress up fresh, beautiful fruit with wonderful, warm spices and a simple topping or pastry.  This super simple apple crumble has become one my favorite little treats.  It’s good for a quick evening dessert or to impress friends at your next barbeque. 

 This recipe is great with other fruit fillings too.  Substitute blueberries, mixed berries (about a cup for each small baking dish) or fresh peach slices for the apples.

Simple Apple Crisp

 For the filling:

  • 3 large sweet apples (I used Gala), peeled, cored and sliced or chopped
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple juice
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • pinch of table salt

1.  Pre-heat oven to 375Β°.  Prepare 4 small soufflΓ© bowls (5 in diameter) with non-stick spray. (or just place everything together in a greased 8 x 8 in baking pan)
2.  In a large bowl, mix and coat the apple slices with the ingredients as listed.
3.  Fill bowls with the apple slices.   

For the topping:

  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup of melted butter

1.  Mix all ingredients with a fork until moist and then spread evenly over the apples in baking dishes
2.  Place the baking dishes on a baking sheet and bake for about 35-40 minutes.
3.  Allow to cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes.  Serve warm (but, truthfully it’s delicious cold too)
3. Enjoy!

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