Friday, December 4, 2009

Spiced Apple Raisin Crisp *melissa

This was the first dessert I learned to make well as a married person. The reason being, my husband is an apple crisp fanatic. I can't even count the number of times that I've made this during my 4 years of marriage. If I'm making apple raisin crisp for an event Nate usually demands that I make a double batch so he can have his own all to himself. (My husband is probably the least greedy person I know, except when it comes to apple crisp.)

Filling Ingredients:
About 2 lbs apples (mix of granny smiths & sweet apples) peeled, cored, chopped
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup apple cider or juice
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves 
Topping Ingredients:
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 stick butter (chilled, cut into pieces)

Peel, core, and chop apples. If you have a willing helper in your kitchen this is one of the best steps to delegate.

In a large pot combine apples, raisins, cider.....

....brown sugar, cinnamon, and cloves.....

Stir and simmer apples until they're just about soft (I like them to still have a bit of crunch)

Ok, now it's time to prepare the topping. Combine oats, brown sugar, flour, salt, and mix together with hands....


 Now, add butter to mixture and mix with hands until well incorporated into oats mixture...
Now, fill your baking dish with the apples and then put on your topping..... 
Bake in 350 degree oven for about 30 min and until crust just begins to brown....

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. ENJOY!