I visited the farmers market this weekend, walking the block between my home and the market at top speed, trying unsuccessfully to stay warm in the whipping winter winds. I love that so many of the farmers markets here in Philadelphia have decided to hold winter markets, most every other week instead of weekly and for just an hour or two so the farmers don’t turn completely into icicles. Being able to still buy local sweet potatoes, onions, broccoli, kale, and apples directly from their growers is such a treat and a sure cure for the winter blues.
I purchased eight large russet-hued ‘Winesap” and a few bicolor ‘Honeycrisp’ apples, having a hard time counting out my bills with my numb fingers. I didn’t really have a plan for them at that moment, but given apples keep for quite some time, I thought I’d just store them until I had a grand idea. Once I got home though, I realized I didn’t want to dream up a wild creative dish for them. Instead, all I really wanted was a simple delicious traditional Apple Crisp.
Surprisingly, I don’t make fruit crisps very often so I didn’t have a go-to recipe already. So, after a quick online search, I came across the one below. It seemed ridiculously easy, I already had all the ingredients in the pantry, and the recipe got great reviews. Away I went, peeling apples and crumbling the topping. Indeed it was easy and delicious. This is a keeper, though this particular crisp is likely to be gone real soon…
CLASSIC APPLE CRISP
Adapted from Allrecipes.com
10 cups all-purpose apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground clove
1/2 cup water
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degree C).
Place the sliced apples in an ungreased 9×13 inch pan. Mix the white sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and ground cinnamon together, and sprinkle over apples. Pour water evenly over all.
Combine the oats, 1 cup flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and melted butter together. Crumble evenly over the apple mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), uncovered, for about 45 minutes.