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.
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!
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.