I've always enjoyed cooking and baking. When I was a kid, I loved perusing the pages of my Betty Crocker's New Boys and Girls Cook Book and picking a recipe to make.
When I moved out on my own, I took my Betty Crocker cook book with me. I still have it today. I have such affection for it. It's like my prized possession, and I still use some of the recipes.
One of my favorite recipes is the one for apple crisp. It's a simple recipe that yields a delicious dessert. It's great for fall, when apples are in season. If you have a basket of freshly picked apples, and if you like apple pie, consider trying this recipe. You won't be disappointed. It's easier than making a pie, and it turns out terrific every time.
Look at the topping! It's a crispy combination of butter, flour and sugar that crumbles and crunches and tastes oh so good. It's heavenly!
The apples below are soft and covered in a cinnamon syrup that forms in the oven while the crisp is baking.
A dollop of freshly whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream takes this recipe to the next level of deliciousness. But, it doesn't need to be "dressed up." It's scrumptiousness by itself!
Heat oven to 350°.
Spread evenly in a square pan, 8x8x2 inches:
4 cups sliced, pared apples
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
With pastry blender, mix until crumbly:
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/3 cup soft butter
Spread crumb mixture over apples.
Bake, uncovered, about 40 minutes.