Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Apple Crisp

At our first Central Market cooking class, we made this little bit of heaven for dessert. I have never been a big fan of anything apple so I was skeptical at first. After seeing how easy it was to make, not only did I go out and get my first cast iron skillet, but I absolutely loved the end result. It was love at first bite.

In August, I made this for the first time since that class while at a friend's house for dinner. Unfortunately, we were camera-less, so I wasn't able to capture the process for you at that time. For Max Man's birthday, we ended his weekend of celebration at my parent's house for dinner with the family. We made his requested birthday dinner from last year, and I decided to surprise him with this for dessert.

Grocery List:
For the topping
  • 3/4 brown sugar
  • 3/4 flour
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
For the apple crisp
  • 6 Granny Smith Apples, peeled and sliced into thin slivers
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. lime
The longest part of this process is the peeling and slicing of the apples. It is much easier if you have at least one other set of hands helping you; if not, be prepared to spend at least 15-20 minutes on that part. Go ahead and pre-heat your oven to 300 degrees.

After you finish peeling your apples, add them to a large mixing bowl and add the brown sugar, sugar, lime juice and cinnamon. Using a large spoon, gently mix the contents together and let marinate for at least 10 minutes.

Now we make our topping. Using a food processor, blend together the brown sugar, flour, almonds and the butter. The mixture will feel like wet sand. Make sure you stop and use a spatula to help scrape the bottom a little, this will help the flour from sticking to the bottom.

Grease a cast iron skillet (or a casserole dish) and add your apples...

Then top with your crumbles....

Stick it in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Keep checking to make sure the top doesn't get too brown, but a nice golden color. When the apples are slightly bubbling from below the crust, take out and let sit for about 5 minutes.

Scoop into a bowl and add vanilla ice cream for the finishing touch... and maybe a candle. Happy birthday to Max! 

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