This is one of my most favorite times of the year. The morning temperatures are a bit brisk but not too overwhelming and the afternoon sun shines across the fields of trees bearing copper, red, and gold leaves. As I sip on my first cup of morning coffee, I enjoy nature’s beauty and feel blessed to live on a hilly country road away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The comforting quiet of the weekend morning is something I will never take for granted as I plan my day and bake/cook for the upcoming week.
Yesterday, my daughter headed to a local orchard to pick up some piping hot apple donuts and a variety of crisp, ripe apples for a weeks worth of lunches. I slipped a few of the apples out of the bag to assemble this tasty, crisp dessert. If I’m in a hurry, I often use homemade apple sauce as the base for this recipe but it’s quite quick to pull together which ever way you choose to make it. Serve with a cup of coffee or a scoop of vanilla ice cream… It doesn’t get any better than this.
Saturday Morning Apple Crumble
10 cups apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup + 2 tablespoons flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 cup butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 13X9″ pan by spraying with a non-stick baking spray. Place apples in a large bowl, mix sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, and ground cinnamon together, and sprinkle over apples. Let stand so the mixture becomes juicy as water is released from the fruit.
Meanwhile, combine oats, remaining flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda. Mix in the egg; stir until combined. Evenly pour apple mixture into baking dish. Crumble oat and flour mixture evenly over the apples. Pour melted butter evenly over the top of the assembled dish.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Cool slightly before serving.