It feels like just yesterday was Summer, but alas Fall seems to have arrived…Fall in my household meant apple picking and apple crisp! While I haven’t gotten a chance to go apple picking yet (one of my FAVORITE things to do in the Fall), I did stop at my local orchard & picked up a 1/2 a peck of apples (some Paula Reds). Apple picking started a bit earlier this year because of the hot summer weather, so just keep that in mind- especially since September picking is the best!
A few years ago, when I started getting more into baking, I asked my father for our family recipe for apple crisp. He chuckled and said “you mean Auntie Joy’s recipe?!” I was somewhat heartbroken to find out that the recipe that he’d been making all these years was not actually passed along through our family & was indeed a recipe out of Joy of Cooking, but alas, it is still the best. I will note, however, the newer versions of Joy of Cooking has a slightly different & increased measurement (of course, since everything has been “super-sized”….), but the old one is still amazing & what I recommend. It is under “fruit crisp” and here it is:
-Preheat the oven to 375 degrees (F)
-Cut up 4 cups of apples (about 4-5) into cubes-Put the sliced apples in a 9 inch pie dish (glass works best) and sprinkle lemon juice & cinnamon over the apples (prevents them from turning brown immediately & also good for flavor)- about 2 generous tablespoons each.-Measure out 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup brown sugar in a bowl
-Cut up 1/4 cup (1/2 a stick) of butter into about 6 pieces- COLD. If you use salted butter, then do not add salt, if you use unsalted butter, then add 1/2 teaspoon salt to the flour & brown sugar mixture.
NOTE: if your butter is warm or room temperature, this recipe will NOT work…your butter must be cold/hard!!!
-Put the flour, brown sugar & butter in a food processor (mixing by hand frankly just does not taste the same or yield the same tasty results…)-Press the “pulse” button on the food processor about 4 times= about 45 seconds until the mixture looks like this (crumbly):-Immediately pour the crumbled mixture over the sliced apples in the dish. To help distribute the mixture over the apples, you can shake the dish a little, but DO NOT STIR! When the crisp bakes, it will mix itself as the ingredients soften and melt.-Put the dish into the oven for 30 minutes & smell the wonderful aroma that will fill your house/apartment!
Hope you all had a lovely weekend!