What’s your favorite season?
For me, that’s an easy one: FALL, FALL, FALL!
I spend the entire summer looking forward to it, and the entire winter missing it.
There are so many things to love about the fall:
1. That fresh start, back-to-school feeling. No, I’m not in school at the moment and yes, I did work full-time through the summer. Okay… so maybe this one doesn’t apply so much these days.
2. That crisp chill in the air = sweater season! But this year it’s been so warm! Remember when I wore shorts to the Radio City Christmas Show? Not very fall-like. Oh, except for that weekend when it snowed. That’s not very fall-like either. Hmm.
3. Apple picking! I live in a city. Unfortunately, I just didn’t find the time to make it to an orchard this year.
Okay, so maybe my fall has been a bit “off” so far.
Fortunately, I do live near a supermarket where I was able to purchase apples that some nice people on some distant New Jersey farm picked for me. Thanks guys!
Which leads me to a fall tradition that I have been able to partake in this year: BAKING.
Remember a few weeks ago when I indulged in apple crisp for breakfast?
Well, today I would like to share with you: The Best Apple Crisp Recipe EVER.
To me, this apple crisp tastes like a “bite of fall.” My mum has been making this recipe for as far back as I can remember, and when I moved away from home, it’s one tradition that I had to keep. It’s not a proper fall without apple crisp!
It is simple. It is delicious. And since it is mostly apples and oats — you can pretend it’s healthy!
So, are you ready? For this jelly?
The Best Apple Crisp Recipe EVER
What you’ll need:
- Apples (depending on size, 8-10) – we like to use Macs
- 3 cups oats
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 1 T cinnamon
- 1 t nutmeg (optional)
- 1 cup canola oil
- 2/3 cup water
1. Preheat over to 375° F.
2. Peel, core and slice enough apples to fill an 9 x 13 pan, generously.
Ideally, your pan should have a lot more apples than my example above does. It should be overflowing with apples! (Sadly, I ran a bit short.)
3. Sprinkle the apples with water (about 2/3 cup give or take) until the bottom of the pan is coated with a very thin layer of water.
4. In a large mixing bowl combine: oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Next, add enough canola oil (about 1 cup, give or take, based on preference) to moisten the mix. I like to use as little oil as possible so the topping gets nice and crispy!
5. Cover the apples with the oats mixture and bake for about 1 hour or until the apples are fully cooked (a fork should easily stick right through them) and the topping is toasted.
6. Let cool and enjoy!
Add a dollop of vanilla ice cream and this apple crisp is the perfect treat to curl up with after a full, chilly day of apple picking and hay rides.
Or, if you are adventurous, you can go with my method; dessert for breakfast!
Just make sure to have something healthy(er!) on the side.
What is your favorite thing about fall!?