Intro to Cooking: Apple Crisp a la Mode!

Early fall yields the best crop of apples, so there is no better time than right now to go apple picking! If you’re planning an orchard getaway with friends, here’s your handy guide to some of the most popular types of apples (did you know some varieties make better pies than others?), and our foolproof recipe for sweet and crunchy apple crisp!

Macintosh- very sweet with a tart afterbite. Smaller apples, best used for apple sauce.

Gala- a supreme dessert apple that’s ideal for baking in pies.

Red Delicious- the best apple to bite right into! Their juicy texture does not bake as well as other varieties.

Granny Smith- crisp and tart, use the green queens for sprucing up dinner dishes.

Empire- Red Delicious too sweet? Macintosh too tart? You’ll get the perfect blend from their offspring, the Empire!

Jonagold- a larger apple that does well in sauces, pies, and yes–apple crisp!

The Recipe: Apple Crisp a la Mode!

Apple crisp  a la mode is truly a dessert for the senses: it combines sweet and savory, crunchy and chewy, fresh-oven warmth and refreshing ice cream. Plus, it’s easy to make and the perfect accompaniment to a Fall movie night with the girls. Wipe off the drool from your keyboard and get baking!


4 apples (Jonagold or Macintosh, preferrably)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup raw or steel-cut oats
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar (or agave nectar)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp sliced almonds
1/4 tsp sald
1 egg
2 tsp butter.
Scoops ice cream–I like Ben & Jerry’s Creme Brulee


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degress. Melt the butter in a microwave. Peel, core, and slice the apples.

2. Grease a 9 inch baking pan. Mix the sliced apples and brown sugar and line the pan.

3. In a mixing bowl, combine everything but the egg and melted butter.

4. Beat the egg into the melted butter, then add to the flour mixture.

5. Spread everything onto the apples. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until topping is golden and crisp.
Serve with rich ice cream!

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