As promised in my previous post - Baked Salmon Stuffed With Mascarpone Spinach, this is the dessert I created for my daughter Kelly's pre-marathon race training event - her favorite! We've loved this apple crisp forever, and it's one of those dishes that you may just want to eat dessert first, and not even feel guilty about it! Piled high with fresh apples, crispy oats and graham cracker cinnamon crumb topping - it's all healthy goodness, right? :) There are hundreds of apple crisps out there, but I've yet to find one that I enjoy more! It's quick, easy, and absolutely scrumptious!
When Kelly was a young girl, around 10 years old, she attended a Pampered Chef Party with me. It was the mid 90's, and this was a new home party that involved cooking, so we were excited about attending for the first time. For anyone who has never attended a Pampered Chef party, the demonstrator always creates a food item using multiple kitchen gadgets the company sells, of course. :)
A beautiful memory of a fun time with Kelly, the demonstrator made apple crisp that day! Kelly was in awe of all the gadgets surrounding us! Smiling from ear to ear as she was asked to try out the apple peeler - which peeled, cored and sliced the apple - her eyes met mine with that look - Mom, we need this!! Her eyes became even wider when she tasted the incredible apple crisp!
We left the party ordering the apple peeler (for Kelly), the deep dish stoneware baker, and the best food chopper ever. Of course, we were also given a copy of the Pampered Chef recipe, which eventually made its way to the online world here. :) Except for the apple peeler, which I've donated since (I prefer a paring knife), I still have the gadgets I bought 17 years ago, and can't even tell you how many times I've made Kelly's Apple Crisp, named for Kelly after being asked so many times, "Mom, will you make my apple crisp?" :)
Perfect for a cool fall day, your home will be filled with the lovely fragrance of the steaming, hot baking apple crisp. Enjoy as a dessert, brunch, or an accompaniment to your Thanksgiving pumpkin pies!
Until next time…mangia! xox
Kelly's Apple Crisp
4 - 6 (about 3 pounds) granny smith apples (or any preferred cooking apple - I use honey crisp apples)
8 graham crackers (2 1/2 x 5 inch size), finely chopped
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick or old-fashioned oats
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
whipped cream or ice cream (optional)
Create the Apple Crisp:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Peel, core and slice apples. Place in deep dish stoneware baker, or pie plate.
2) Finely chop graham crackers, place in a medium size bowl. Add brown sugar, flour, oats, cinnamon and nutmeg; mix well. Add melted butter; mix well.
3) Sprinkle graham cracker mixture evenly over apples and pat down into place. Cover loosely with aluminum foil. Bake 45 minutes; uncover and bake an additional 5-10 minutes or until apples are tender. Cool slightly; serve warm topped with whipped cream or ice cream, if desired.
Although baking in the oven gives a crispier topping, this is also delicious cooked in the microwave, especially if you're in a hurry. Microwave on high 12-15 minutes or until apples are tender, rotating dish after 6 minutes. As above, cool slightly; serve warm topped with whipped cream or ice cream, if desired. I've baked it both in the oven and microwave, they are equally as delicious!
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