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If ever there was such a thing, my recipe for Old Fashioned Apple Crisp is it! I've been making this for as long as I've been old enough to peel apples! And finally time that I re-shot the photos and re-posted!
This is always one of the first things I bake in the Fall, and we probably make dozens of this perfect apple crisp each season!
Perfect warm from the oven, perfect with vanilla bean ice cream or cinnamon-spiced sweet whipped cream, perfect drizzled with salted caramel sauce, just plain perfect!
Using the right apples is always the trick to a perfect apple crisp or pie. Unfortunately not all apples are created equal - to help you all out, I'm sharing my "Apple Basics Tutorial".
Good baking apples have a balance of intense sweet-tart flavor and will not fall apart when baked in the oven. You want them to hold their texture and shape and not turn into mush!
Always use a blend of tart and sweet apples, which makes for a more complex-tasting pie, crisp or pastry. A blend of apples will also contribute varying textures and flavors.
For Apple Crisp, I have learned to cut my apples into small 1/2-inch "cubes", as it keeps the texture of the apples consistent in every bite - tender and sweet! Save your apple slices for Escalloped Apples or Apple Pie.
And this topping is absolutely perfect! Buttery, brown sugar infused, perfectly tender and chewy oatmeal...it just melts down through and all over the top of the tender apples.
I have a few little ones that aren't crazy for nuts, so I'll make some batches without nuts, and others studded with fresh pecans. So good either way!
After you take this out of the oven, make sure to let it come to room temperature, as it will thicken slightly as it cools!
And don't ruin this by putting a scoop of ice cream on TOP of it...put the vanilla bean or butter pecan ice cream in the bowl FIRST, and then top with a scoopful or two of warm and wonderful Apple Crisp! That way it will melt down all over your ice cream, and the topping will stay a little bit crunchy and chewy - not soggy!
I'd better get my spoon before it's all gone! Enjoy the season of apples!