This is an adult version of the tried and true favorite (although kids love it too!). I love Apple Crisp more than Apple Pie; I just love that crunchy topping and this has an abundant amount…no measly crumbs of sweet, buttery goodness…nope, plenty to satisfy!
I’ve lived in the house I’m in now for 19 years and for most years we’ve managed to rescue enough apples from our apple tree in the backyard to use for a couple of fall desserts. I love the idea of my own apple tree but the truth is that squirrels ruin most of the fruit – one bite and the little buggers throw the apples on the ground; not just resulting in a really small take for us, but also making a huge mess in the process.
Of all the requests for what to do with those precious few home grown apples, this is the hands down favorite. Spiked is right…Grand Marnier and Amaretto are both in the recipe…and it’s the best I’ve ever had!
Even though I eventually want the tree removed, it’s that time of year and the tradition remains; so time for a pan of this belly warming apple crisp dessert. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream if you wish (although I think you MUST!).
- 5 C peeled and sliced green cooking apples
- ½ tsp. cinnamon sugar
- 1 tsp. grated lemon rind
- 1 teaspoon grated orange rind
- 1 jigger Grand Marnier
- 1 jigger Amaretto
- ¾ C granulated sugar
- ¼ C light brown sugar
- ¾ C sifted flour
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ½ C butter
- ¾ cup toasted, chopped walnuts
- Whipping cream or ice cream for topping, optional
- Arrange apple slices in greased 2 quart round casserole.
- Sprinkle cinnamon, lemon and orange rinds and both liqueurs on top of apples.
- In a separate bowl, mix sugars, flour, salt and butter with a pastry blender or in a processor until crumbly; add the chopped walnuts..
- Spread mixture over top of apples.
- Bake uncovered at 350 degrees until apples are tender and top is lightly browned, approximately 1 hour.
- Serve warm with cream, whipped cream or with vanilla or cinnamon ice cream.
Recipe from Colorado Cache, a Junior League of Denver cookbook.