October = Apple picking.
At least for every single person I know on Facebook it seems, its a time for the obligatory apple picking photo-ops: pictures of tots holding pumpkins and sitting in wagons and adults modeling their favorite fall sweaters.
But what do you do with those huge bags of apples now that you've brought them home ?
May I suggest this simple recipe for apple crisp.
Where many recipes call for multiple spices and added ingredients like nuts and oatmeal, this recipe pays respect to the apple with just a light toss with cinnamon and a simple buttery, crumb topping.
This recipe comes from a departed, family friend. My mother said she likes to make it and think of old times when many afternoons were spent at her house. So, I dedicate this post to Mrs. A.
8 medium baking apples (I used Fiji)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
6 tbsp butter
Pare and core apples. Cut into slices.
Mix apples with water and cinnamon and put into a greased 1 1/2 qt baking dish.
Crumble the rest of the ingredients together. I find it best to cut the butter into pieces and then mix together with my fingers, breaking the butter into smaller pieces.
Spread on top of the apples.
Bake uncovered for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.
Great with vanilla ice cream!