Perfect Apple Crisp

Yield: 4 generous servings

Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 medium apples, cored and roughly diced (count on 1 medium apple or 1/2 large apple per person)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Spices (we recommend 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg but your favorite combination of spices including cloves, allspice, star anise, cardamom, or ginger can be used)
For the topping...
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon oil
Directions:
Cook the fruit: Melt the butter in a 10-12" pan over medium heat. Add the diced apples, and sprinkle on the sugars, spices, and cornstarch. Stir to coat all the fruit, cooking until just softened and the sauce has thickened. Fruit can be made ahead to this point. Simply refrigerate cooked fruit, and divide among serving dishes when ready to bake.

Make the crumble topping: Stir together all the dry ingredients. Using a food processor or your hands, work the butter and oil into the dry ingredients until cohesive. Topping may be made ahead and frozen until ready to use.

Bake the crisp: Place fruit in oven-safe bakeware, such as individual ramekins, and top with 2-3 tablespoons of crumble topping. Bake at 350F for 20 (more or less time, depending on size of bakeware) minutes until crisp is lightly brown and fruit is gently bubbling. Remove from oven and let cool 5-10 minutes before serving. Top with vanilla yogurt, vanilla or caramel ice cream, or a simple dollop of whipped cream.



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Kathryn Bundy Revised 26-september 2013