September 27, 2012

Apple Crisp

We hope you are enjoying autumn! The leaves are changing colors, the morning air is crisper and the days are cooler. Time to bake something delicious! And with apples being ripe in autumn, what better treat than Apple Crisp! This is an easy and tasty dessert, perfect topped with whipped cream, ice cream, or vanilla yogurt.

You will need:

*A parent's help or permission to use the oven and a sharp knife *

- baking dish - 8x8 Pyrex or an 8 inch round baking dish that is at least 1 1/2 inches deep
- 5 cups of peeled, cored, and sliced apples
- 3 Tablespoons sugar combined with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (uncooked)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
- 1/4 cup white flour
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup butter (slightly softened)
- 1/4 cup coconut ( you may substitute with chopped nuts like almonds, pecans, or walnuts if you          prefer)
- Topping of your choice - vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or vanilla yogurt

1. Preheat oven to 375 F

2. For the filling: Place 5 cups of peeled, cored, and sliced apples in baking dish and stir in the           mixture of 3 Tablespoons of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.

3. For the topping: In a mixing bowl combine oats, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon.
4. Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut in butter until it looks like coarse crumbs. 
5. Stir in coconut or substitute with nuts, or 1/4 cup oats if that is what you prefer.
6. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the apple filling in the baking dish.
7. Place in 375 F oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the fruit is tender and the topping is golden brown.

Serve warm with ice cream, whipped cream or vanilla yogurt. Gather your family or friends around the table or curl up on the couch with your favorite book and a bowl of Apple Crisp! Enjoy!

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