My second or maybe third favorite thing to raise. It's a toss up. If I can grow it and make something wonderful with it, it's my favorite thing to raise.
Apple crisp was one of the first things I learned to make when I was young. Martha Stewart made apple crisp in jail - just a little FYI on apple crisp. I've often wondered if I would be able to make appIe crisp in jail without a recipe. I think I would.
I had apple trees on my farm growing up. My grandma and I used to pick apples by the bushels and go in the house and start making our magic. Grandmas specialty was sauce and would make plenty for us to enjoy with dinner for weeks to come.
Grandma would peel apples by hand with a small Pioneer pairing knife. I always used an apple peeler but I do break them a lot. I now have the pioneer pairing knife because grandma is in the nursing home and I went into her kitchen and found it- no one else wanted it. I asked. I have been practicing my hand peeling I can't hold a candle to grandma. It's harder than it looks and takes a steady hand.
I still have my original apple crisp recipe from my youth. I make different variations now, but this recipe has always been my favorite. It came from a 4-h recipe book called Tricks for Treats. In that book, this was the recipe I made the most.
Try it and Enjoy!
1 C Rolled Oats
1/2 C flour
1/2 C brown sugar, packed
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 C butter
4 C peeled sliced apples
1. Heat oven to 350°
2. Place rolled oats, flour, sugar, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl and mix to blend.
3. Add soft butter and blend with a pastry blender or fork.
4. Arrange peeled sliced apples in a 9x9 baking dish or 10" skillet.
5. Spread oatmeal mixture on top of apples and press lightly.
6. Bake about 30 minutes or until topping is brown and apples are tender. Test with a fork.
7. Serve warm with ice cream!