Apple Crisp

Circle B Kitchen

I like to use a combination of apples for this crisp. Any baking apples will do, but my favorites are golden delicious, macintosh, pippin or granny smith. By combining different apples, you will get a nice balance of apple textures and sweetness/tartness.

For The Filling:

1/4 cup dark brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

3 1/2 tablespoons flour

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

6 large or 7 medium baking apples (see note above)

¼ cup water

For the Topping:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

1 1/4 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

¾ cup brown sugar

Lightly butter a 2-quart baking dish. If your baking dish is shallow, you might want to double the streusel to make sure you have enough to cover adquately.

For the streusel, combine the flour, salt and brown sugar in a bowl and then stir in the butter, pressing the topping together with your hands to form a few small clumps. Place this in the freezer while you make the filling.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Peel, core and cut the apples into 1/8-inch slices and place in a large bowl.

Mix together the sugars, flour and spices in a small bowl. Sprinkle the dry mixture over the sliced apples and toss gently with a rubber spatula until well mixed. Add the water, tossing again just to combine. Spoon the filling into the prepared baking pan.

Sprinkle the streusel mixture over the apples and place on the middle rack of the preheated oven. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until golden brown, crispy and bubbly. Remove from oven to a cooling rack. Cool for 20 minutes before serving.

Serve warm or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt.

Serves 6 to 8