I live in the Annapolis Valley, the heart of Nova Scotia and the home of millions of apple trees. Every autumn the apples come in season and pies, crisps and cobblers are on the menu in just about every kitchen. In the Valley, we know apples.
Each fall I head to my favorite market. I try my best to buy my produce direct from the farmers when ever I can. Most of the apples I buy are for eating whole, uncooked. But when I know I’m going to be cooking my apples, I buy a half bushel of seconds. They may have a few spots but they still taste just as wonderful as the pretty apples. And it costs so much less, only $10 a bushel! Very wallet friendly!
Now I love a great apple pie (warm, straight from the oven with some old fashioned vanilla icecream) but pie takes time and planning. And to be perfectly honest with you, I can’t make a pie crust to save my life. So instead, I tend to make my favorite Apple Crisp recipe instead. I love it because I can make it on impulse, and pop it in the oven as we sit down to dinner. By the time we’re finished eating and cleaning up, dessert is ready!
No two people have the same apple crisp recipe… at least not in my experience. But if you check out the Kraft Canada website, you will find a few variations, I’m sure that you will find one that works for you. Honestly, mine is thrown together without measurements…without planning, and is different every time. Often I’ll even throw a pear or two in with the apples for added sweetness (Or just to use them up when they’re too bruised up for the kids to willingly much on). I try to add what ever needs to be used up from my baking cupboard as well. Most recently, I’ve been using sweatened coconut to the crisp mix.
So what goes in my apple crisp?
My measurements are approximate…
- 8 to 10 apples – peeled and cut. Enough to fill an 8 X 8 Casserole dish
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 3/4 cup sweetened coconut
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/3 cup brown sugar + 1 tbsp
- 1 tsp cinnamon + 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp butter, softened
- Kraft Cool Whip
Fill the casserole dish with prepared apples, spinkle with 1 tablespoon brown sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Set aside. In a bowl, mix together the remaining incredients. Mix until it has a clumpy, crumbly texture. Top the apples with the mixture and place in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes. Top should be crispy and apples should be soft when it is all done.
While it’s still warm, spoon some into a pretty bowl and top it with Cool Whip. Serve immediately. It can be kept in the fridge for 2 or 3 days.. if it lasts that long. Just warm it up before serving!
What would you add to make it your own recipe?
Disclaimer: I am a part of the Kraft What’s Cooking influencers program. All opinions are my own.