apple crisp for one

June 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

crumbly topping

I absolutely adore the flavors of fall. Apples, cinnamon, pumpkin…all flavors and scents that I associate with welcomed warmth after a walk in brisk weather and houses full of happiness and family. That’s probably a whole lot of images and thoughts to link to a few fruits and spices, but foods with those ingredients make me feel comforted and at home.
chopped up

sugared up apples

Along with pumpkin pies, apple crisps sit at the top of my favorite desserts. So unseeming and humble-looking, a simple coat of cinnamon and sugar turns apples into a bubbly mess of deliciousness and the crumble/crisp floating atop it all provides a flavorful textural contrast that has far passed the test of time.

crumble ingredients
crisp
pre-bake

This apple crisp was adapted from Hannah’s recipe over at honey & jam, another gorgeous blog. I cut it down to one apple in a little ramekin and somehow adjusted the topping so it was just right! Must be beginners’ luck my culinary prowess.

apple crisp
pool of juices

Apple Crisp For One
adapted from honey & jam

1 medium sized apple, cut into small chunks & peeled if you so desire
1 tbsp granulated sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp flour
2 tbsp brown sugar
3/4 tbsp of oats
1 1/2 tbsp butter, softened

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the granulated sugar and ground cinnamon. Lay a layer of apple chunks on the bottom of your dish, then sprinkle some of cinnamon sugar on top and continue laying until the dish is full to the brim or you’re out of apple. Sprinkle whatever cinnamon sugar you have left on top.

Combine the flour, brown sugar, oats, and and butter in a small bowl. Using your fingers, work the butter until the dry ingredients until you have a semi-cohesive, crumbly mass. Pile this on top of the apples and place the dish into the oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until the crust is crisp and the apples are bubbly and everything smells lovely. Serve with a scoop of ice cream or just alone for a delicious treat.

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