I remember when I first became aware there was such a thing called apple crisp. And it wasn’t at home. It was in my elementary school lunchroom. This exotic dessert was warm and sweet and cinnamon-y, with this outrageously crispy topping…so way over and above apple pie. It made an impact on me!
I am sure the recipe originated in somebody’s grandma’s kitchen. Most warm apple desserts do 😉 But, I was ever after held captive by that crispy sweet crust of oats and pecans and brown sugar atop those sweet-tart warm apples.
I hope you enjoy this version, from America’s Test Kitchen, slightly modified by the substitution of vegan margarine for the butter called for in the original recipe:
¾ cup all-purpose flour ¾ cup pecans, chopped fine ¾ cup oats, rolled ½ cup brown sugar, light ¼ cup sugar ½ tsp. cinnamon ½ tsp. salt
8 tbsp. Earth Balance, non-dairy baking stick, melted and cooled
Filling: 1 ½ cups apple cider 1 tbsp. lemon juice 4 pounds apples, golden delicious, peeled, cored, halved and cut into 1/2 inch-thick wedges ⅓ cup sugar ¼ tsp. cinnamon 2 tbsp. Earth Balance, non-dairy baking stick
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees fahrenheit . Set oven rack in middle position. Mix together topping with margarine until moistened and crumbly.
2.Bring cider to simmer in 12-inch skillet over medium heat and cook until reduced to 3/4 cup, about 7 minutes. Transfer to liquid measuring cup and stir in lemon juice.
3.Toss apples with sugar and cinnamon in bowl. Melt butter in now-empty skillet over medium heat. Add apples and cook, stirring often, until they begin to soften and become translucent, 10 to 15 minutes. (do not fully cook apples). Off heat, gently stir in cider mixture.
4.Transfer apple mixture to 13 x 9 inch casserole dish (or individual dishes as shown), sprinkle evenly with topping, breaking up any large chunks.
Bake until fruit is tender and top is deep golden brown, about 20 minutes.
5.Reheat in 425 degree oven until slightly warm, about 5 minutes.
Serving suggestion: Top with vanilla non-dairy ice cream and this fantastic
vegan caramel sauce
from our fellow blogger, Larice at feedingyourbeauty.com.