Saturday, December 1, 2012

Apple Oat Crisp

From Super Foods by Dolores Riccio

As tasty as an apple pie, but much easier to make, and lighter in calories.

4 cooking apples, such as Granny Smith (or use 2 cups of frozen apple slices)
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
A pinch of nutmeg

For the topping:
1/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour (or half whole wheat)
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
A pinch of salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup uncooked “old-fashioned” oatmeal
¼ cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans

Preheat oven to 375° F. Peel and thinly slice the apples. If using frozen apples, don’t defrost. Mix them with the granulated sugar and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon. Spoon them into a 9-inch pie plate and press them flat. Mix the flour, brown sugar salt, and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or 2 knifes until the consistency of cornmeal. Stir in the oatmeal and walnuts. Sprinkle the topping over the apples; press into a flat layer. Bake for 35 minutes, or until the topping is brown and the apples are tender. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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