Maple Apple Crisp

11 Sep

Have I mentioned that I like sweets? Well, yeah, so this recipe is a traditional apple crisp, but the tartness of the McIntosh apples is offset by pure maple syrup. Holy sweetness!


Despite their bad reputation for baking (usually recommended for eating & making apple sauce), I bake with McIntosh apples all the time and find their taste and texture great for pies and tarts. In appearance, Macs are red with green/yellow undertones. Their taste is crisp and juicy, with a sweet-tartness.

For this recipe, I picked early McIntosh from Mack’s Apples in New Hampshire (Read my review of Mack’s).

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granola
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional; I used granola w/ nuts)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter (Vegan substitute: Earth Balance spread)
  • 4 large apples (Variety: McIntosh)
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a deep 2-quart baking dish. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the granola, oats, sugar, pecans and cinnamon.

Peel , core, and cut the apples into 1/4-inch slices.

Place in the baking dish and sprinkle with the maple syrup. Cover completely with granola mixture.

Bake for 40 minutes, or until apples are tender.

Serve warm, with ice cream (or vegan alternative: vanilla bean, coconut non-dairy ice cream).

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