Fantastic Apple Crisp Pie
I love baked apples. Apple sauce, apple fritters, just about anything baked with apples in it is very appealing to me. I never liked playing around with crust too much as I am not a big fan of pie crust to begin with. So the traditional apple pie was simply too much baking for me. I needed to get rid of the top crust and add some more zest to the traditional apple pie flavor. So I came up with a delicious alternative to traditional apple pie.
Substituting the top layer of pie crust for a delicious oatmeal crisp allows the juices from the apple mixture to come to the top and mix with the crisp topping. It tastes delicious, warm or cold, with or without ice cream. Although if you include ice cream the flavor only gets much better. Of course only vanilla ice cream will do.
The topping is quick and easy to make, requiring no blenders and can be done with a fork and a medium sized mixing bowl. The cinnamon flavored apples merge in with the oatmeal toppings to create a wonderful taste experience for the apple lover.
Try it the next time you don't have quite enough crust for a top to your pie and you don't want to make up more pastry dough. The crisp topping is quick and easy to make, requires only a mixing bowl and a fork to stir it up with, and tastes great! If you like traditional apple crisp you will love this.
As with all base recipes, this one can be added to in order to enhance the flavor even more. One popular addition is maple syrup mixed in with the apples directly. This adds a uniqueness to the flavor for sure. Sliced or slivered almonds is another taste enhancer that is popular. This and other nuts should be added in with the topping mix.
Pomegranate or Cranberry can also be added, in small doses of course, to further enhance the flavor. all of these additions, with the exception of maple syrup, increases the overall nutritional value of the dish as well. Apples, pomegranate, cranberries, oatmeal, with a ingredient list like that nutritional value is sure to be good.
One thing to remember is to add these additions in small quantities only. Tablespoons at the most and possibly teaspoons even. Maple syrup additions should certainly be only 1 or 2 teaspoons as the flavor can be quite overwhelming if too much is added.
Be inventive in small quantities and you can push the flavor threshold to it's limits. Hopefully to the enjoyment of all.
- For the Apple Mixture:
- 1/2 Cup Packed brown sugar, can use white sugar
- 1 Tblspn Flour
- 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- 1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg
- 6 Medium Baking Apples, peeled, cored and sliced into small chunks
- For the Crisp:
- 1/3 cup Flour
- 1 cup Rolled Oats (oatmeal), Raw
- 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar, Packed
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt, (Optional)
- 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- 1/3 Cup Butter, or Margarine
- 1 9-inch pie crust you can get one from one of my other hubs, or you can purchase a premade one
- Place the pie crust in a 9-inch pan and mold it into place.
- For the Apple Mixture: In a mixing bowl combine brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix well. Add apples to dry mixture and blend well ensuring all apples are coated in the dry mixture. Pour or spoon into prepared pie pan.
- For the Crisp topping: Combine flour, rolled oats, packed brown sugar, salt and cinnamon in a mixing bowl and mix well. Melt butter or margarine and pour into dry mixture, blend well until the mixture is moist throughout. Spred this mixture over top of the apple mixture in the prepared pie pan. Ensure that the mixture is spread as evenly as possible and covers to most it can but it is ok if an occasional piece of apple sticks out.
- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees and bake for 45 minutes or until the pie crust and topping are golden and the juices from the apple mixture is boiling up through the topping in two or three places.
Allow time to cool after removing from the oven but it is best served warm with vanilla ice cream. I usually allow up to 30 minutes to cool down before eating. However 30 seconds in a microwave will warm a serving up enough as well making the left overs a tasty treat any time.
Recipe makes 8 servings
|Serving size: 103 grams|
|Calories from Fat||54|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 6 g||9%|
|Saturated fat 1 g||5%|
|Carbohydrates 28 g||9%|
|Sugar 21 g|
|Fiber 3 g||12%|
|Protein 1 g||2%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|Sodium 52 mg||2%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Robin Olsen