Reminiscing about the fall…

All of this snow that is dumping miserable-ness all over my city is making me miss fall like crazy. Fall is nice enough to just wear a jean jacket and a cute sundress. It is filled with warm, savory flavors like pumpkin, cinnamon and apple. Therefore, it is only fitting that we share one of our favorite recipes with you: classic apple crisp.

Apple crisp is great for entertaining because it takes basically no time at all, always turns out great and makes enough for a large crowd. We made it for a Thanksgiving Round 1 potluck party we hosted at our apartment for all of our friends the weekend before Thanksgiving. Because we couldn’t be with all of our favorite non-biologicals during the actual holiday, we figured we might as well celebrate twice! Plus, who said Thanksgiving foods could only be had once a year?

Filling:
5 pounds apples
Grated zest of 1 orange
Grated zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Topping:
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup brown sugar oatmeal (we used Quakers brand)
1/2 pound cold unsalted butter, diced

This recipe was adapted from a Food Network recipe – we added brown sugar oatmeal instead of regular for a little extra sweetness and used a variety of apples instead of the recommended McIntosh. A college student budget meant that all of the apples were stolen from the dining hall (perks of having a large bag!).

Preheat the oven to 350.

Start by cutting up all of the apples into slices. I personally prefer thinner slices because they get a little softer in the oven and make it a little easier to serve.

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Try not to eat too many of the apples. It will be tempting.

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Mix the apples together with the rest of the filling ingredients. This part can get a little messy because it is a lot easier to coat the apples evenly if you mix it with your hands. A little unlady-like, but for this dessert it is most definitely worth it.

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Next mix together the topping ingredients. A hand mixer works really well, or again getting down and dirty works just as well.

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Finally, pour the apples into a 9×13 buttered pan and sprinkle (more like small globs) the topping on top. Don’t worry – it will spread a little during cooking.

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Bake it in the oven for 1 hour. We recommend doing this right before your party starts so it both stays deliciously warm and fills your apartment with a wonderful apple cinnamon aroma. What better way to welcome your guests?

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