I LOVE APPLE CRISP! And I have always been mystified by it. By the seeming complexity of it and by the way that no two ever seem to taste the same.
Some people like cranberries in it, some just apples. Some people even put cocoa powder on top.
As a kid, I always thought of apple crisp as Great Grandma territory and, thus, after she passed away, I just thought that no good apple crisp would ever enter my life again, much less be able to make one myself.
And so it remained a misty dream, a thing that came from the realms of fairies and elves.
Then I got a college job, doing costumed reenactment at a living-history museum, cooking in hearths and cauldrons. And that was when, as a work assignment, I first attempted my own apple crisp.
After years of putting this food on a shrine, on display in my mind but never touchable, I came to a realization: APPLES CRISP IS DARN EASY. It is just plain simple!
Revelation complete, I have since experimented with several historic and modern variations to arrive at what is my own favorite version.
- Simple Apple-Raisin Crisp
4-6 apples, I prefer Granny Smith or Mackintosh
.5-1 cup raisins
1.25 cups brown sugar
.75 cups raw sugar
2 tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp cinnamon
.5 cup flour
.75 cup oats
1.5 cup walnuts
1 cup margarine
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbspn oil
1. Core, peel and chop apples into large chunks.
2. Mix lemon juice, apples, raisins in a bowl.
3. Add half of the white sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix and set aside.
4. Grind walnuts into fine pieces using a blender or mortar and pestle.
5. Mix oats, flour, walnuts, spices and remaining sugars in a bowl.
6. Cut in the butter or margarine.
* Cutting means use a fork or pastry cutter to slice the butter in with the rest of the crumble mix. You are covering it with flour and other ingredients until it is small bits that no longer look like solid butter. :)
7. Place apple mixture in a deep pan, greased with oil.
8. Cover evenly with crumble mixture until all apples are covered.
9. Bake at 375° F (190° C) for 25-35 minutes.
10. Cool for 15-20 minutes and serve with ice cream, whipped topping etc.
See, isn’t that easy? ;)