Comforting Apple Crisp

To me, baking is part chemistry and part alchemy – science and art coming together to create something enormously delicious.  Apple Crisp is one of those dishes that is relatively straightforward to prepare, but playing around with it a bit and adding some new ingredients can add a depth of flavour to what you might be used to in a traditional recipe.  I’m not talking big changes, but one or two little things, (like fresh vanilla!) that will equal subtle, tasty results.

Here I’ve taken my mom’s classic (and delicious as-is) apple crisp recipe and added fresh vanilla, lemon juice and honey to the apples.  There are a few options for the crust too, so you can customize your apple crisp to suit your taste buds! Play around a bit and enjoy!

Peeled and Chopped Apples

Scrape out a fresh vanilla pod to give the apples a bit of extra flavour.

Fresh Vanilla Pod

Close up of the apple mixture – check out that fresh vanilla action.  MMMMMM!

Apple Mixture Close-Up

I like to change things up crust-wise.  Here is option #1, with oats!

Pre-oven Habble crisp

Or if you’re more of a straight up sweet tooth, forget the oats and use the crust from this recipe. Option #2 will look like this:

Crust Option #2

Bake @ 350 until adequately crispy!

Piping Hot Apple Crisp

No matter how you prepare it, don’t expect it to last long!

Golden Apple Crisp

Don’t forget the ice cream 🙂

Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp Recipe

½ cup flour
½ cup sugar
¼ cup butter
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg (or fresh grated is even better!)
½ cup large flake oats (optional)
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 fresh vanilla pod, scrapped out
1 tsp honey
Apples to fill a baking dish (something non-sweet, like MacIntosh or Granny Smith)

1.    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.    Mix lemon juice, vanilla pod and honey in small bowl.
3.    Peel and cut apples, toss with lemon juice mixture, and cover bottom of baking dish (at least – add more if you like more!)
4.    Mix flour, sugar, butter cinnamon and nutmeg until it resembles a coarse meal, and cover apples.
5.    Bake for 30 minutes, or until crust is as crispy and golden brown.

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