Apple Crisp is a go to recipe when we have an abundance of apples. This year we foraged so many apples that we promised we’d share all our best recipes with you. We like to make a batch of these crisps and freeze them so we can grab one and bake it off at a moment’s notice.
Today’s recipe makes 4 mini crisps or it will make one family size. Lets get started.
TwoFoodNuts Apple Crisp:
3 lbs of apples, peeled, cored and sliced into thick slices
1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/1 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp cold butter cut into little cubes
Peel, core and slice the apples, place in a large bowl and add all but the butter. Divide into 4 mini foil loaf pans or place in one deep casserole for a single dessert. Dot each crisp with the little butter cubes.
For the topping:
1 cup of quick cooking Oatmeal. (not instant)
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup cold butter cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup brown sugar
Place everything in a bowl and rub the butter into the flour and sugar to form crumbs. ( you can use a food processor to do this)
Sprinkle the crumb topping onto the fruit filling and cover with cling film and foil if freezing or pop into the oven at 350F until the filling bubbles up through the crumbs. This can take from 40 minutes to an hour depending on the size of the crisp.
Top with freshly whipped cream or quality ice cream and serve.
Cooks Tip: Sometimes when we want to change it up a bit, we use a can of cherry pie filling on top of the apple filling. It bakes into the apples and gives you a most amazing Apple/Cherry crisp. It’s a great way to use a stock recipe but add variety! Try it
Sometimes you need a quick dessert that wows the audience. This “One” is going do just that! You don’t need much to put it together. We love anything made with puff pastry. The quality of a ready-made butter pastry is perfect for this dessert. We make it early in the day, pop it into the freezer, then bake it while everyone is eating the main course. Lets face it, a warm apple tart with a dollop of fresh cold whipping cream is always welcome.
Total prep time for this dessert is only 10 minutes once you have the ingredients on the work table, so lets make the “One” Tart!
Ingredients for our TwoFoodNuts “One” Tart:
1 ready made puff pastry sheet about 12 inches square
1 large Honey Crisp apple, peeled, halved, cored and thinly sliced
1 Tbsp melted butter
1 Tbsp honey
1 large pinch ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp sliced almonds
1 tsp Demarera sugar or any course sugar to sprinkle over the tart.
1 cup heavy cream for whipping
1 Tbsp sugar to sweeten the cream
Now you see why we call this the “One” Tart!
Begin by allowing the pastry to thaw. Roll it out on a fresh sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet and prick all over with a fork. Place in the freezer while you peel the apple. Peel the apple and cut in half or quarters. Remove the core and slice the apple so it’s about 1/8th inch thick. You want enough to cover the tart in a single layer. Remove the baking sheet from the freezer and using a pastry brush, spread the melted butter all over the tart. It will solidify right away. That’s what you want! Layer the apples in an interesting pattern to within 1/2 inch of the pastry edge. Drizzle the honey over the apples, sprinkle with the cinnamon, place the almonds on the apples and pinch the sugar over the top. Lightly run a butter knife around the edge of the crust about 1/2 in from the edge. This lets the crust puff a bit.
Now you can decide if you are baking it right away. If you want it for later in the day pop it back in the freezer and the apples will stay nice and white till you’re ready.
It’s ready for the oven! Bake for 10-15 minutes in a hot oven at 400F. Puff Pastry does best when it’s cold before being placed in a hot oven. It causes the pastry to rise and become light and crispy. When the “One” tart is baked, slice into 4 generous pieces and top with a heaping tablespoon of sweetened whipping cream.