September 5th, 2011
With Labor Day marking the emotional, if not official, end of summer, I marked the occasion by making my first fall dessert: apple crisp. Apple crisp is one of my clan’s handful of family recipes. We don’t have many, but the ones we have are mighty fine.
Because all the rules are more lax the second time around, we let Buggie sample the apple crisp and ice cream. He was a big fan and proceeded to clamber on me with single-minded determination while I tried to ward him off long enough to eat my dessert.
Fortunately for me, his big sister was more willing to share than I was!
Miss Mouse turned up her nose at the apple crisp itself but tucked into the ice cream with gusto. And then ran around the house with gusto for the next half an hour. Screaming.
Yup, we like apple crisp in this house. In case you do, too, here’s the recipe…
8 cups of tart apples, peeled and sliced
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup water
1 T cinnamon
1.5 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup butter
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 pan and spread the apples in it. Sprinkle apples with water, then the salt and cinnamon.
In a medium bowl, mix together flour and sugars, then cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the topping over the apples in the pan and bake for 45 minutes. Should serve about 8. Actually serves 6. (Or less.)