Apple crisp is one of my favorite desserts because its easy, using only few ingredients, and fairly healthy too. Of course, we love to make it less healthy by pairing the hot juicy apples with ice cream! Hehe. It also makes the house smell fabulous! Usually I use rolled oats for the topping, but since I’m trying to use what I have, I used rye flakes instead. It is still good, but the rye flakes are much harder than oats. Next time I may try to break them up some in the mixie (food processor) first.
Here is what I did:
- 5 medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced thinly (I used a combo of honey crisp, granny smith, golden delicious, and stayman winesap)
- 1/3 c cranberries
- lemon juice – 1/2 lemon or less as needed
- 1 TBS sugar *You may want to add more if your apples are very tart or you like things more sweet*
- generous sprinkle of cinnamon
- generous sprinkle of cornstarch
- 1/2c flour
- 1/4c rye flakes (or rolled oats)
- 2 Tbs brown sugar *This makes it mildly sweet. Add another Tbs if you like*
- 3 Tbs cold unsalted butter (if your mixture is not crumbly, you may need another Tbs of butter)
- pinch of salt
Butter a deep pie dish and preheat the oven to 375.
Put the apple slices in the pie dish and sprinkle them with lemon juice so they do not turn brown, and I like the tartness the lemon gives also. Toss them around and add the sugar and cinnamon, then the cornstarch and toss around again. Sprinkle the cranberries over the top. Cornstarch will make the juices released from the apples to thicken, and so will the pectin in the cranberries. The cranberries also give another level of flavor which I really enjoyed, especially with the sweetness of the ice cream we had it with.
Mix the ingredients for the topping in a bowl, using your fingers to break up the butter and squish it into the rye/flour making a crumbly texture. You may also use a fork or a pastry cutter for this. Pour the mixture evenly over the top of the apples in the pie dish.
Place the pie dish on a metal baking sheet to prevent any possible spill overs. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until the topping is golden and the apples are bubbling up.
Let it cool at least 10 minutes before eating, but its best while still warm! Especially with vanilla or cinnamon ice cream!