Monday, October 29, 2012

Carmel Apple Crisp

Are you one those "fall" people? You know...the ones who can't stop talking about how much they love fall and all things fall. As early as June their complaining about the heat and dreaming about over-sized sweatshirts, the pumpkin patch and apple cider. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE wearing my boots and flannel shirts, going to football games, all things pumpkin and seeing the pretty trees turn gorgeous shades of gold, auburn and chestnut. But I personally LOVE summer! I'm not a fan of being cold or having my patio furniture blow 2 houses down in the awful winds that Nebraska endures. Oh how I miss the Farmer's Market and Pool. My kids and I were made to play outside, it's in our blood! But fall is more of a "stay inside where it's nice and cozy" time. And it's a reminder of another fate. Nebraska Winters. Not Good! Ok, I'll stop whining and get to the point. When fall brings you apples...make apple crisp! Embrace the change! And let me tell you, this recipe helped me get over my pity party quick! THE MOST AMAZING CARAMEL APPLE CRISP EVER! 

Apple Filling:
5 large Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 Tbl lemon juice
1/2 c caramel topping

Crumble Topping:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup butter, softened

Preheat oven to 350. In a medium size bowl, toss apples with sugar, flour, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Pour and spread evenly into a 9x13 inch pan. Pour caramel topping over the apples. In another bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, oats, and butter; spoon mixture evenly over apples.
Bake for about 45 minutes (apple mixture will bubble and topping will be golden brown).
Top with Ice Cream, taste and enjoy!