You can't go wrong with baked apples, the quintessential fall fruit. There's something so comforting and nostalgic about the apple crumble and it's probably the only dessert I can make. Although I consider myself a decent cook, I just can't bake. I've always had tremendous respect for pastry chefs. I think baking is a harder skill than cooking. With cooking, I don't have to have the precise measurements, I can wing it. With baking, everything have to be exact and it's very hard to fix mistakes.
I love this recipe because it's so versatile (you may replace it with peaches, berries, plums, strawberries, pears, apricots). I love the crisp and topped with a scoop of vanilla or maple walnut ice cream, I'm a happy camper! :D
6 cups of apples peeled, cored and sliced (about 6 medium sized apples)
1/3 cup sugar
1 tbsp flour
1 tbsp grated lemon zest
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg (optional)
1/2 cup butter, softened at room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 cup rolled oats
To make crisp: Place prepared fruit in a baking dish. Combine sugar, flour, lemon zest, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add to fruit and toss to coat.
To make crust: Mix crust ingredients with your hands until crumbly. Sprinkle over fruit mixture. Bake at 350ºF for 45 minutes until crisp is bubbling. Serve with ice cream.
Just curious, how many of my readers are cooks or die-hard dessert makers?