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apple picking

We spent a lovely Saturday with several dear friends at an orchard.  In our enthusiasm to be at an orchard and our failure to contain our children’s excitement, we picked sixty dollars worth of apples!  Mainly Stayman Winesaps (our favorite!), granny smiths and some fujis.

Applesauce is, of course, planned.  So simple and easy to freeze.   An apple pie or two.

But our favorite, by far, is apple crisp.  I wanted to share some pictures, but it got eaten so fast…  Nice and warm, right out of the oven with a vanilla bean ice cream…   Maybe it should be called apple bliss….

&Apple Crisp;

4-5 pounds apples, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces (we used Stayman Winesaps)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons cardamom
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 cups oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour (I used Pamela’s GF baking mix)
1/2 cup butter, cold and cut into small cubes

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 glass baking dish.

In a large bowl, mix well: apples, sugar, cinnamon, cardamom and lemon juice. Place mixture in baking dish.

In another large bowl, mix oats, brown sugar, flour and a pinch of salt together. Using your hands or a fork, add the butter pieces and mix well together – crushing the cold butter in the flour mixture until it forms lumps.
Pour flour/butter mixture over the apples. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until golden and bubbly.
Serve hot with fresh vanilla bean ice cream.

*You can add small nut pieces to this if you want.
**Half the recipe if you wish to make a smaller sized portion.