My family is really big into traditions. If I do something one time, it seems like that’s what they want to do every year! But, that’s a good thing right? I love traditions too, for the most part. Sometimes it feels like a burden, like something you have to uphold because others are depending on you.
This one though… I’m totally into. So fall is birthday season at our house. Five out of the six of us have birthdays in the fall. Talk about birthday burnout! We have a birthday every two weeks, and a couple of those are actually only a few days apart.
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My husband isn’t much of a cake person. So he always chooses Apple Crisp. He does tend to like fruit desserts more than chocolate. Me? Bring on the death by chocolate! As much as I love this, I will choose chocolate every time! That being said, this is a welcome change in the midst of cakes and cupcakes.
I first made this recipe the year that we took in two foster children. That was a little more than 4 years ago. Talk about rocking your world! We doubled our numbers overnight. It was hectic. It was chaotic. But we made it. We actually ended up adopting them to become the family of six we are now.
Why was I trying new recipes when I had cray cray happening all around me? I have no idea, maybe I found that therapeutic. Don’t let me paint you a false picture, things are still crazy at my house. But, I say that carefully as I have many friends that have twice as many kids as me. Dare I complain?
But I digress. Let’s talk about fabulous fall and this Maple Apple Crisp that you are going to love! Worth the little extra effort!
Maple Apple Crisp
This was adapted from Cuisine at Home. Here’s what you need:
- The recipe calls for granny smith apples, but go ahead and use your favorite. I’ve made this with empire apples too, and it’s just as delicious!
- This apple peeler corer slicer is the perfect way to save time on this recipe!
- We love drizzling some caramel sauce over it. Here’s a recipe to Salted Caramel Sauce. If you don’t want salted, just leave the salt out at the end of the recipe.
We like to top ours with vanilla ice cream and homemade caramel sauce. Enjoy!!
Maple Apple Crisp Recipe
- 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
- 3/4 c. granulated sugar
- 3/4 c. packed brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt divided
- 2 sticks cold unsalted butter diced
- 3/4 c. old fashioned rolled oats
- 3/4 c. chopped walnuts
- 3/4 c. dried cranberries
- 3/4 c. apple cider boiling
- 4 lb. Granny Smith apples peeled, cored, and cut into slices (about 9 apples)
- 3/4 c. pure maple syrup gotta use the real stuff here
- 2 tbs fresh lemon juice
- 2 tbs all purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- vanilla ice cream for serving optional
- caramel sauce for drizzling optional
Preheat oven to 350.
For the streusel, whisk together the flour, sugars, and 1/4 tsp salt in a bowl.
Cut butter into flour mixture using a pastry blender until it resembles coarse crumbs.
Mix oats and walnuts into flour mixture with your hands until thoroughly combined; cover and refrigerate.
For the filling, soak cranberries in apple cider, covered, until plumped.
Toss together apples, cranberries, maple syrup, lemon juice, 2 tbs flour, cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp salt in a large bowl.
Transfer apple mixture to a 9x13 inch baking dish, (or 2 pie dishes work too).
Cover apples with streusel and bake until apples are tender, about 50 minutes.
Let apple crisp rest on a cooling rack 30 minutes before serving.
Serve warm topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce
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