Apple Crisp… A Lazy Man’s Pie?

Say, do you remember when I wrote that I would get back to this blog and back to what I was doing in a previous life? Yea, me too.

Life however, as I’ve so spectacularly learned, doesn’t go according to plan. Between renovating the new place and starting working again, I haven’t had much time or frankly, inspiration do to as much cooking as I was, and that I want to do. It’s kind of funny how we can get so caught up in these ulterior lives that we are living, that we forget to live and explore a life that we love. This is disheartening. Now with the colder weather and with this house being a home again, it may be time to dive back in.

Thanksgiving was a perfect opportunity to do this. Not only am I trying to feed just myself, I get to cook for a large group of people! Not just any people either. Some of my best friends! What a treat! For this event I went with a reasonably simple dish that really brings up a lot of warm childhood memories I’m sure.

The nice part about an Apple Crisp as well, is that it tastes almost exactly like an apple pie. However, you don’t have to go through the entire, terrible and difficult, pie-crust-making process. It could really be considered a lazy man’s apple pie for this reason. No crust, 10 minutes to prepare, tastes just as good as the real thing.

The Recipe

  • 9 Golden Delicious Apples
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 3 tsp Cinnamon (separated)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup of old fashioned oats (large flake oats)
  • 1 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup cold, unsalted butter (cubed)
  • Pinch of sea salt

Filling
Peel and chop apples up into chunks. Add Lemon juice, cinnamon (2 tsp), granulated sugar, and mix thoroughly. Pour into 8 x 11.5″ buttered baking dish.

Topping
Pre heat oven to 350F.
Add Flour, brown sugar, remaining cinnamon, oats, and salt to bowl. Use an electric mixer, forks, or your hands to incorporate the butter into the bowl. Mix until the mixture is chunky and crumbly.
Top the filling mixture with the flour mixture.
Place in oven for 50 minutes or until golden brown and crispy on top.

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