I’ve always kind of dreaded fall because it meant winter was just around the corner. Somehow this year is different. I don’t know if it’s where we live now but the colors on the trees are stunning and catch my eye every day. The cozy weather, the cozy clothes, the cozy food…I don’t even know who I am anymore. I’ve become a fall fan girl.
We live between a pear and an apple orchard and I swear the family who owns the orchards know my kids and intentionally left a couple trees full of fruit for us because after all the orchards were picked a couple weeks ago, several trees right along the border between our properties were left unpicked.
We have honestly probably picked and eaten 25 pounds (or more!) of apples. The apples are golden delicious which are crunchy and flavorful. I threw together an apple crisp to take to my parent’s house for dessert the other night and it was the perfect treat.
The apples were sweet and tangy and held their texture really well and the hint of ginger and nutmeg in the topping made the whole thing sing. This ‘recipe’ is very much an approximation because really truly, I just kind of added a little of this and that making for a very happy accident. If you have a recipe you know/like, use that and just add a little nutmeg and ginger to the oats. If not, use this recipe as a guide but play around with it to get it the way you like it.
- 8 cups of chopped apples (Fuji, gala, golden delicious, jazz or a combo of your favorites)
- 1 lemon
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Wash and chop the apples. I don’t bother peeling them but you certainly can if you prefer. Lightly coat a baking dish in cooking spray or butter. Place the chopped apples in the dish and coat with the juice of the lemon, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and a dusting of cinnamon. Mix together until all the apples are well coated.
In a separate bowl, mix the four, sugar, oats, spices and salt together. Mix in the butter until the mixture is crumbly and the pieces of butter are the size of a pea. Spread evenly over the apples and bake in the oven for 45 minutes OR until the crust is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling around the edges.
Spoon cobbler into bowls and top with vanilla ice cream. Devour immediately and eat the leftovers for breakfast the next morning because technically its fruit and fruit is the perfect breakfast food. right?