sooooo i have been going apple crazy lately & making everything i can think of with apples. last weeks apple + carrot cupcakes, this weeks salted caramel apple waffles & now this toasted walnut apple crisp! i'm super jealous for those who don't live in the city & can go apple picking at a beautiful ochard sigh.. OHH and yesterday i came across a recipe for salted apple cider caramels & apple cider funnel cake (on food & wine's instagram). it's too much to handle. i want it ALL. good thing an apple a day, keeps the doctor away! i hope this is still true when it's baked in something delcious.
ok, let's quickly talk about this crisp. i am a toppings girl & this crisp offers A LOT of toasty walnuty buttery crumble. so if you are more about the fruit in a crisp, i suggest you half the topping portion of this recipe. lastly, i kept the filling simple. instead of putting cinnamon like most apple based recipes, i wanted the apples to be the main flavour. so keep it simple & just toss them in some sugar & flour. the topping adds enough flavour to the mix. you can make this in a gratin dish or a 10 inch cast iron skillet like i did. it's a crisp, there are no rules! keep it rustic, slather it in whipped cream or vanilla bean ice cream & dig in.
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for the filling
- 4 pounds thinly sliced gala apples (peeled or unpeeled)
- 1/2 cup raw sugar
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (optional)
for the crumble topping
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1 cup raw sugar
- 1 1/2 cups walnuts, toasted & cooled
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 sticks unsalted butter, cold
- for the filling: in a mixing bowl toss apples, sugar, flour and lemon juice. set aside.
- for the crumble topping: in a separate mixing bowl add remaining flour, oats, sugar, toasted walnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and butter. using your hands work in butter like you would a pie dough until a crumbly mixture is formed.
- assemble your crisp starting with the apples & evenly distributing the crumble on top.
- bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes, until the apples have softened & the crumble is golden brown.
- serve hot or cold!