Time: 20 minute prep + 45 minutes
8 C sliced apples (about 10 medium-sized apples)
2 T flour
1. Find yourself some beautiful apples. I used a combination of granny smith, golden delicious and fuji apples. This gives the apple filling a nice tart/sweet flavor, but you can use what ever kind of apples are your favorite.
2. Using a large sharp knife slice each apple in half, from top to bottom. Lay each piece out flat and slice the halves in to two pieces.Using a small paring knife, slice the core out of each piece. Then peel each piece and slice it into 3 or 4 pieces. You want the pieces to be as close to the same size as possible. You will need 8 cups total.
3. Add 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 tablespoons of melted butter, 2 tablespoons of flour, a dash of salt, and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Give everything a nice stir to combine, making sure all of the apples are coated.
4. Spray a 3 quart baking dish with cooking spray and pour the apple filling inside.
5. In a medium-sized bowl place 3/4 cup flour and 3/4 cup brown sugar. Toss it together with a fork, making sure all of the brown sugar clumps get broken up.
6. Add 1/4 cup of instant oats and a dash of salt. Give it a nice stir.
7. Chop 5 tablespoons of cold butter into small chunks.Toss it into the bowl and cut it into the dry ingredients with a pastry blender. You will know you have combined the ingredients sufficiently when the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. If your pastry blender is missing in action, or you have never purchased one, do not fret. You can use a couple of butter knifes to make this step come to life.
8. Sprinkle the topping all over the apples.
9. Bake, uncovered at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and let it rest for about 5 minutes before serving. It's fabulous with fresh whipped cream or a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Enjoy! Happy fall, everyone. :)