It just wouldn’t feel like Fall – or Thanksgiving – without something with baked apples, now would it? Sometimes though, the thought of taking the time to make a pie from scratch is a little daunting because, you know, time. This afternoon, I didn’t have a lot of time and I didn’t want a lot to clean up so I turned to one of my favorites, apple crisp. This particular apple crisp (Maple Walnut Apple Crisp, respectively), is sweetened only with maple syrup, another one of my favorite flavors that just sings “autumn.” One of the things I love about this recipe is that it’s not overly sweet. If you like things on the extreme sweet side, you can add some brown sugar – but this way it really allows the flavor of the apples, maple syrup and walnuts shine!
Gather your ingredients – apples, butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, cloves, walnuts, flour, salt and oats.
Start with five apples. I had Gala apples today, but my favorite baking apple is the classic Granny Smith, of course.
Peel and slice thinly, then take 1/4 cup of maple syrup and three tablespoons of butter and nuke it in the microwave til the butter is melted.
Mix in 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon.
Toss over the apples to coat.
Pour into a baking dish, pie pan, tart dish (that’s what these are called, right?) or whatever you’d like. No need to grease since you have butter on the apples.
Now the crumble topping! Mix 1 cup of flour, 1/2 cup oats, heaping 1/2 cup walnuts, 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
Melt 1/2 cup of butter into another 1/3 cup of maple syrup and mix. Oh yum.
Crumble / spread over your apples and pop it in a 350 degree oven for 35 minutes.
Enjoy when warm with a dollop of whipped cream and drizzle of maple syrup. And some of that extra juicy syrup at the bottom. Yes, please.
I know what I’m having for breakfast tomorrow.
Maple Walnut Apple Crisp
5 apples, peeled and sliced
3 TBS butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 tsp cinnamon
For the Topping:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup (heaping) chopped walnuts
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup melted butter
1/3 cup maple syrup
Preheat oven to 350. Peel and slice apples and toss in melted butter, syrup and cinnamon. Pour into baking dish. Mix all dry topping ingredients. Melt butter into syrup in microwave and mix with the dry ingredients til wet and crumbly. Spread/crumble topping over apples. Bake for approximately 35 minutes until apples are tender and topping is nice and crisp. Serve warm, with whipped cream and additional syrup.