Apple Crisp

Hello.  Fall is a great time for apple desserts!  This week I’m here to present something which is not quite a pie. However, it can be made in a pie tin, and that’s good enough for right now.

See, I’ve never actually made an apple pie, traditional though it is. Usually instead I make an apple crisp, which is like a pie with a crumble topping and no need for a regular crust.

Cutting apple

I would almost recommend this as a “simple dessert for busy moms” or something like that, except for the fact that you have to chop 5 apples.  That part takes a little while, though I guess it’s not that hard. I just don’t want to oversell the simplicity, since many “simple” recipes seem to assume you have a vegetable/fruit-chopping fairy in your kitchen and discount that as part of the prep time.

Apples in the pie tin

First, butter up the bottom of a 9 inch pie tin so nothing sticks. Then slice up your 5 apples and arrange them in the bottom of your pie tin.  This isn’t so much ‘arranged’ as tossed in, but you know, do what works.

Mix!

I am a bad food blogger and possibly a horrible person since my real reason for making this was that I had this mix in my cupboard and finally wanted to use it while apples were in season. That’s right, a mix.  Well, if some cooking bloggers can use canned soup and what-not, I can occasionally use a mix, but if you don’t have one available, create basically the same thing by mixing the following dry ingredients:

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup oatmeal
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt

Then melt 4 tbsp of margarine or butter.

Mm melted butter

Apple crisp topping

Mix your dry ingredients with the butter.

Putting on the crumble topping

Put this on top of the apples in the pie tin.

Apple crisp

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Ta-da!

For best results, serve while still warm (you can just scoop it out with a big spoon).  You can also add vanilla or cinnamon ice cream, but it’s not necessary.  Other fruit might also work, so if you’re pressed for time and don’t want to slice apples, canned peaches could do the trick!

Most of my recent pies have been hits, but this one disappeared in record time.

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