September 19, 2011

Apple Crisp

It seems like this last week it started to finally feel like fall was here.  The air got cool and crisp and air in the house was not so stuffy and Grumpy finally turned the central air off!  Now, there is a definite chill in the air but its the good kind of chill.  I love it when it when the sun is shining bright in the morning and that crispness that smells like fall is in the air.

Yesterday morning my friend "Swiss Miss", took her son and me to this place called Indian Ladder Farms.  I had no idea this place existed so close to home until my friend invited me to go!  You can go there to pick your own strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and apples!  They have an animal farm where you can visit the goats, sheep, pigs, cows, turkeys, and chickens!  Kids love it because they can feed the animals who are ever so happy to come running as soon as they hear the vending machine dial turn.

Yesterday, we went early in the morning, visited the animals and then bought some apples, cider, and homemade donuts.  You can actually watch them make the donuts from the outdoors as they have a "window wall" that allows you to look in and see their process.  It is pretty cool!  The donuts and cider are pretty good too.

Late in the afternoon Grumpy and I took a ride out that way so I could find the place on my own and when we got there I realized that the time we went to visit yesterday was a good time to go as the place at 4 PM (only an hour before closing) was packed like sardines.  I couldn't believe the number of people there!  We will definitely go back to pick our own fruit in the future!

I left with some Honeycrisp apples and when I arrived home I made this yummy apple crisp.  The Honeycrisp apple was not only good for cooking, but as an eating apple it was really good!  It is exactly what the name implies, sweet and crispy.  Perfect no matter what your plans may be for it!

Apple Crisp


printable recipe

For the apples:
4 Honeycrisp Apples, cut into small pieces (I quarter, cut the quarter in half, then slice the apple thin)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon lemon juice

For the crisp:
3/4 cup flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons cold butter, diced
Sugared walnuts (I like these because they are salty too but you can use just plain walnuts if you use them at all)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  

Mix apple ingredients together and divide between 4 single serve ramekins that have been sprayed with cooking spray.  Set aside.

In a medium bowl mix the flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt to combine.  Add the cold butter pieces and toss to coat.  Using a pastry cutter or fork, work the butter into the flour mixture until it looks like little peas.  Sprinkle  evenly  over apple mixture and then top with some walnuts.  Bake for 30 minutes or until filling is bubbling up through the crisp and the topping is browned.

Best served warm with vanilla ice cream!  To make it even more decadent, top the ice cream with a little maple syrup and a few more walnuts.




13 comments:

claudia @Whats cookin said...

I had heard the weather changed overnight up there... boy this comforting dessert must have lit Grumpys fire to warm you both up! for sure! Looks great...

Fallon said...

MMM Love warm apples in any dessert form.. and I'm huge on chocolate desserts but I'll settle for the apple with vanilla ice cream!

Leslie said...

Ugggg. I soooo wish I could turn off our air! This looks delish!

Curt said...

I love this time of year too. But here in Wisconsin, it turns nasty pretty quick!

I also love apple crisp. That looks delicious with the sugared walnuts.

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

We went apple picking this weekend. Now I know exactly what to do with them. :)

Lesa @Edesia's Notebook said...

Yum! The perfect fall dessert.

Katrina said...

Looks perfect!

bellini said...

I love apple crisp and usually indulge for breakfast. Your adventires remind me I had better head to our local version of Indian Ladder Farms.

Michelle said...

I love a good apple crisp! This looks and sounds amazing! Fall is in the air here too, I have not turned the AC off, but I am getting ready too! I love this time of year!

Heidi / D-Tales said...

I have been reading and enjoying your blog for a long time, but I have never commented before. I grew up in Albany and live in Arizona now. When I was a kid, we went to Indian Ladder Farms every year, and we always made apple crisp and apple pies. We would bring home their cider doughnuts, too. This post felt like "home" to me. Just had to tell you! Happy fall to you and Grumpy! :)

Ilke said...

What a good comfort loaded fall dessert. I always wanna tag along for fruit picking when my nephews go, but always miss it! I will pay more attention to timing next time.

teresa said...

oh this looks just wonderful, i'm getting so excited for fall!

Mary Bostow said...

Oh Shelby, I love apples as much as I love blueberries! This looks so very good!!! #AppleCrisp

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