I have to laugh at myself. With all the fresh, sweet, luscious berries now available, what do I want? Apple crisp. Apple season is still months away and the apples I purchased were rather sad, but that didn't stop me from wanting to make one of my all time favorite desserts. Gosh, I love apple crisp. I have an unreasonable addiction to this brown sugar, oatmeal, and apple concoction.
The first time I had this, I was in elementary school; the lunch ladies served (what I felt were) stingy portions in little beige-speckled melamine bowls. I would trade my 35-cent hot lunch for someone else's apple crisp. My love affair with this sweet dessert has not waned.
I still don't make apple crisp as good as the school lunch ladies, but so far this is my favorite recipe. Maybe I need to wear a hair net.
3/4 cup quick oatmeal
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter (or margarine), plus a little additional for greasing the baking dish
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4-6 apples (Macintosh are terrific if you have them)
Butter an 8 x 8 inch (or 9 x 9 inch) baking dish.
Peel and slice apples as you would for an apple pie.
Combine the other ingredients, but leave the mixture crumbly. Sprinkle over the apples.
Bake at 350F for about 35 minutes or until a knife easily pierces the cooked apple. Can be served hot with ice cream. Equally delicious cold.
I was talking with a friend of mine about the school cafeteria apple crisp and she gave me a great tip. She said she used to be a lunch lady, and at the school where she worked, they used canned apple pie filling (received from government surplus and provided to schools in support of the hot lunch program). And all this time I thought the lunch ladies were out back peeling all those apples!