While this version of apple crisp may seem daunting, with a fairly long list of ingredients, many are simply optional enhancements. Basically, you’re looking at apples, sugar, thickener, and a touch of spice in the filling; and flour, sugar, butter, oats, and cinnamon in the topping.
3poundswhole applesto yield 2 pounds peeled, cored, and sliced apples; about 9 cups
1/4cuprumapple cider or juice, or the liquor/juice of your choice; or water
1/4to 3/4 cup brown sugardepending on the sweetness/tartness of your apples
2tablespoonsboiled cideroptional but good
1 1/2teaspoonsApple Pie Spice; or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon + 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg + 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3tablespoonsKing Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour or tapioca flour
3/4cupKing Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
heaping 1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3cupbrown sugarlight or dark
1/2cupcold butter8 tablespoons, cut in pats
1/2cupdiced pecans or walnutsoptional
Preheat your oven to 350°F.
Grease a 9" x 9" square cake pan, or similar-size casserole pan.
Slice the apples about 1/4" thick. Toss them with the remaining filling ingredients, and spread them in the pan.
To make the topping, whisk together the flour, oats, salt, sugar, cinnamon, and baking powder.
Add the cold butter, working it in to make an unevenly crumbly mixture.
Spread the topping over the apples in the pan.
Set the pan on a parchment- or foil-lined cookie sheet, to catch any potential drips.
Bake the crisp for about 60 minutes, till it's bubbling and the top is golden brown.
Remove it from the oven, and allow it to cool for at least 20 minutes before serving.
If you serve the crisp hot/warm, it may be quite soft. If you wait till it's completely cool, it'll firm up nicely. A good compromise is to wait for it to cool completely, then reheat individual portions briefly in the microwave.