As the leaves dance in fiery hues and the air gets crisp with autumn’s embrace, what better way to celebrate than with a dish that captures the season’s warm essence? This Irresistible Warm Apple Cinnamon Crisp is a symphony of textures and flavors, a delectable ode to all things cozy and comforting. Tender, spiced apples nestle beneath a buttery, oat-strewn crumble, and the aroma that fills your kitchen as it bakes is pure autumnal magic.

Ingredients:

  • For the apples:
    • 6 large apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced (any variety, but Granny Smith or Honeycrisp work well)
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • For the crumble:
    • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
    • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). In a large bowl, toss together the apples, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, lemon juice, and cornstarch. Let sit for 10 minutes, allowing the apples to soften and release their juices.
  2. Prepare the crumble: In a separate bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, pecans (if using), cinnamon, and salt. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, work the cold butter into the dry ingredients until it forms coarse crumbs.
  3. Assemble the crisp: Transfer the apple mixture to a greased 9×13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over the apples, ensuring all the apples are covered.
  4. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the apples are tender and bubbly and the crumble topping is golden brown. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, for an extra special treat.

Tips:

  • For a sweeter crisp, you can add 1/4 cup more brown sugar to the apple mixture.
  • If you don’t have pecans, you can substitute them with walnuts or almonds.
  • You can also add other fall fruits to the apples, such as pears, cranberries, or plums.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in the oven or microwave.

This Irresistible Warm Apple Cinnamon Crisp is more than just a dessert; it’s an experience. It’s the taste of autumn afternoons spent by the fireplace, the warm feeling of family gathered around the table, and the pure joy of savoring a simple yet satisfying dish. So grab your favorite bowl, spoon up a comforting bite, and embrace the warmth of autumn with every delicious mouthful!