Is everyone ready for snow-ma-geddon? I’ve watched the reports all week about the East Coast storm of the century and to be honest I’m sort of jealous. We’re only expecting a few inches in the Twin Cities with the most falling up north beyond Duluth. This weekend when you’re all hunkered down watching the blowing snow and praying for a snow day on Monday I have only one recommendation: dessert.
I could eat apple pie every day during the winter (come March my jean size can testify). Major comfort food. As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing better during a blizzard than warm gooey apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. There’s just one tinsey-winsey problem with my apple pie plans:
I completely suck at pie crust.
I speak the brutal truth when I say my pie crust is naaaa-sty. I’ve tried a dozen different recipes, butter vs. shortening vs. oil, used my mom’s “secret” of frozen flour. I’ve rolled, squeezed, kneaded. Someone once even gave me the tip to try vodka instead of water since it evaporates faster in the oven. If it promised to make the best pie crust, I’ve tried it. Still my pie crust falls somewhere between shoe leather and corrugated cardboard. For someone who loves pie more than any other dessert on the planet it’s pretty devastating.
So when life gives you sub-par pie crust talents (and a blizzard), you make the next best thing: Warm gooey apple crisp with a crunchy oatmeal topping. No crust required. Best of all, this recipe calls for only 6 ingredients. It’s way easier than pie and the items typically live in my pantry anyway. No need to risk a trip to the grocery store in the blinding snow if you don’t have to!
This time of year I’m using up the apples frozen from last fall. It works great with freshly sliced apples or another fresh or frozen fruit too. Blueberry peach and raspberries both work well with this 6-ingredient set up.
6 Ingredient Apple Crisp
8 C. sliced frozen apples -choose a sweeter, baking variety like Honeycrisp, Cortland, or Jonathan
1/2 C. plus 2 Tbsp. brown sugar, divided
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 C. whole-wheat flour
1 C. oatmeal
2/3 C. unsalted butter at room temperature
1. Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare a 9 x 13″ baking dish with non-stick spray.
2. Spread apples in an even layer in the baking dish. In a separate bowl, mix together 2 Tbsp. brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over apples and gently toss to evenly coat.
3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, oatmeal, and 1/2 C. brown sugar. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut butter into flour mixture until only pea sized pieces remain.
4. Evenly spread crumble topping over apples. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until apples are soft and bubbly.
Don’t forget to serve with ice cream!