Fall is in the air, and for some that only means one thing: homemade Apple Crisp. This glorious dessert, made from scratch with a buttery oatmeal streusel topping, is the easiest, most outstanding way to celebrate the season.
To make the crisp topping, in a medium bowl, add flour, oats, brown sugar, walnuts, cinnamon, and salt. Drizzle butter over mixture and toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate while preparing the filling.
Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and preheat to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray or rub with butter.
In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add apple slices and toss well to coat. Pour intro prepared baking dish and sprinkle with topping.
Bake until the fruit juices are bubbling and the topping is crisp and golden brown, about 50 to 60 minutes. Remove from oven and cool 15 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream if desired.
Rolled oats: Flat and flaky, these are otherwise known as "old-fashioned" oats. Quick-cooking oats can work in a pinch, but do not substitute steel-cut oats.
Walnuts: I think the walnuts add a wonderful flavor and crunch to the topping, but it's okay to leave them out. I've also done testing with raw pecans and raw cashews, and they were both excellent.
Apples: Tart apples, sometimes called "pie" apples, work best. Some prime candidates for baking: Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Braeburn, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, McIntosh, and Cortland. See my tutorial on how to cut apples if you are looking for tips.
Yield: This recipe makes about 6 cups of Apple Crisp, enough for 8 servings, 3/4 cup each (plus ice cream).
Storage: Cover the Apple Crisp with foil or plastic wrap and store at room temperature for 1 to 2 days or store covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.