The early fall is truly magical.
These days I love to revel in all the pleasant impressions that this time of year evokes in me.
I love the calm… as if everything is coming to rest after all the hard work.
I’m excited when I see first signs of the glitter party that nature is going to throw soon.
Also, I love to go for long walks and enjoy the nice and warm days.
And if I didn’t sleep so late I’d definitely enjoy the crisp and cool mornings.
Hm, you can’t have everything, I guess.
But most of all, I enjoy the fruits of this season.
Like apples, for example.
In my world, there’s nothing more wonderful than the smell of apples and cinnamon coming out of the oven.
That’s why I end up making all sorts of apple-cinnamon creations these days each year – Apple Crisp being one of my favorite.
The ingredients are simple and economical.
And that’s great.
Now I invite you to have a look at what crazy stuff was going on in my kitchen…
1. First, I preheated the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
2. I placed all the ‘topping’ ingredients into one bowl – namely the flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter, salt, oats and walnuts.
Okay, maybe it wasn’t that crazy.
3. Using a fork, I combined them all just until this crumbly mixture had formed and no large pieces of butter were visible.
The topping is finished.
4. Then I grabbed six medium apples.
These are Golden Delicious.
Also Empire, Gala, or Braeburn are especially good in this recipe.
5. I peeled, washed, cored and sliced them.
6. And then I cut the slices into 1 inch (2.5 cm) chunks.
7. To make the filling, I placed the apples, the lemon zest (I used dried lemon zest) and the sugar in a larger bowl…
8. …and tossed it to combine.
Mmmm… can you smell that?
9. I am brushing a dish with vegetable oil here.
Instead, you can butter the dish or just spray it with some cooking spray.
Also, although I used a slightly larger dish, I recommend to use a 9 inch (23 cm) deep dish pie plate or an 8 x 8 x 2 inch (20 x 20 x 5 cm) baking dish.
10. Fill the dish with the fragrant apple filling.
11. And, using your fingertips, spread the topping evenly over the apples.
12. Pop it in the oven and bake for about 30-40 minutes, or until bubbly and the topping is golden brown.
13. Remove from the oven, place on the cooling rack and let cool for about 30 minutes.
Then dig into it with a spoon and check whether everything is all right.
And if everything is perfectly all right, and it definitely will be, proceed to another step – fill a bowl with some more spoonfuls of this flavorful, juicy and crispy wonder.
Add a nice, fat scoop of vanilla ice-cream.
And have a great time!
If, by any chance, you end up with some leftovers, refrigerate them and reheat them before serving.