With September here and the weather supposedly turning cooler this weekend, we start thinking more about fall and the things that go with the season. In addition to cooler temperatures, we always associate fall with changing leaves, pumpkins, Fall Festivals, and of course, apples. Apples are as much a part of fall as the pumpkin is! There are many good varieties of apples and they're quite plentiful, not to mention healthy eating.
Among the most popular apple for baking is the classic Granny Smith apple, with its characteristic green peeling. Let's put Granny to work and create something good for the fall season, which is "Granny Smith's Apple Crisp". This uses this popular apple, though you can use any good apple that's appropriate for baking. Some apples don't work well in baking and are best for eating out of hand or in a salad. However, the Granny Smith variety works great in baking, both in performance and taste.
This recipe can also be made with peaches, if you still are able to get some. Either way, it's great served with whipped cream or ice cream. It goes together very easily and if you're among the fortunate that has an apple peeler with a crank handle, preparing the apples for this (or any other) recipe calling for apples is a cinch. You can also get an apple corer, which can be found in the cooking utensil division of many stores. This device enables you to core the apple and slice it into wedges all at once. Having these two items will make short work of preparing apples!
You'll see in the recipe that it calls for 1 tablespoon plus 2/3 cup of sugar. The one tablespoon of sugar is sprinkled over the apples and tossed to coat. The apples then go into a prepared pan. The rest of the ingredients are combined and sprinkled over the top of the fruit. Then, it's ready to bake. This amount of sugar could be adjusted if you find your apples particularly sour. After sprinkling the tablespoon of sugar over the apples, taste an apple to see if you feel it needs more. You could add more sugar to the apples here or increase the 2/3 cup according to your own taste.
Last year about this time, I did an article on apples and gave information about the varieties available, as well as a recipe for "Fast and Easy Apple Pie". If you missed this article, click on this link to get it and the recipe, too:
When the weather turns cool, warm up with an apple crisp, courtesy of Granny Smith!
GRANNY SMITH'S APPLE CRISP
- 3 cups sliced Granny Smith apples
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 stick butter
- a dash of salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Have apples ready in a large bowl. Sprinkle with the 1 tablespoon sugar and toss to coat. Place in a shallow greased dish, about 1-1/2 quart size. Combine remaining ingredients until crumbly. Sprinkle over apples. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until apples are tender and top is browned. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream. Yield: about 6 servings.