It has been quite awhile since I have added to this series, but on Friday I finally had the opportunity. Just Jack and I for the day, we decided to make Apple Crisp for when Daddy came home for lunch.
I know apple recipes are more a September thing, and that we're almost through October now, but bear with me. It's still Fall. It is perfect apple crisp weather. And that's all that matters right?
My Apple Crisp recipe comes from my mom's side of the family. I don't know whose recipe it was originally, but I know at least my mom and my aunt make it the same way. The one in my recipe box is written in my cousin Krissy's handwriting and was given to me at one of my bridal showers 8 years ago...when Krissy was 17.
First, peel, core and slice 6 cups of apples.
Taking the kids to the Apple Orchard to get the apples is a great first step.
I didn't do that. Mine came from the store.
Jack's first job was to count out 6 apples.
Then I showed him how to work our Handy Dandy Starfrit Apple Peeler. He loved this. Of course, you could just peel the apples with a knife, but this way Jack could be involved. With a little help he peeled the 6 apples "all by myself!" I just got a Pampered Chef Apple Peeler...have you seen those things? They are for the serious apple peeler. Haven't tried it out yet, but it looks cool.
Next you core all the apples. Again, you can do this with a knife, but I am quite attached to this tool here which takes seconds to use. Jack tried, but didn't quite have the strength. So this was a Mommy job. This tool cored and sliced the apples at the same time, so as I was doing that, Jack could add the sliced apples to the casserole dish.
You can use any type of baking pan or dish. I like this one because it has a lid, which makes it easy for transporting, and for storing in the fridge.
Sprinkle the apples with 1 tbsp of lemon juice.
Then you make your crumbly topping:
Stir 6 tbsps of melted butter, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 3/4 cup quick cooking oats, 1/2 cup flour and 1 tsp cinnamon until crumbly. Jack's job was to dump the ingredients into the bowl and help stir.
Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the apples.
Microwave (I put the lid one) on high for 6-8 mins until apples are tender. If you like, you can add ice cream or whipped cream before serving, but Jack is not a fan of ice cream, so we didn't.
It is the perfect, quick fall dessert, and a very kid friendly recipe, if you approach it the right way.
And Jack was so proud that he helped make it!