Here’s what to do with that apple on the counter you’re not going to eat.Print
One Baked Apple Crisp
- 1 apple (I’m using a Gala apple), cored and hallowed out just slightly, bottom intact
- 1 tablespoon and 2 teaspoons brown sugar, white sugar or coconut sugar
- a few dashes of any of all of the following spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, cloves, and allspices
- a pinch of salt
- 2 teaspoon all-purpose flour (gluten-free flour blend is also fine)
- a few pats of cold butter or coconut oil, about 1 1/2 tablespoons
- 3 tablespoon old-fashioned oats
- a splash of bourbon, optional
- Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Start by using a paring knife to carefully slice around the top core of the apple, making sure not to go all the way through to the bottom.
- Pull out what you cut, and use a teaspoon to scoop out the rest, making sure that all seeds are out. I find that the sharp edges of a 1/2 tsp. measuring spoon is ideal for scooping out the core, but any small sharp spoon or even a melon baller will do.
- In a small bowl combine sugar, spices, salt, flour, butter, and oats. Use your fingers to break the butter into the mixture until it’s the size of oat flakes and small peas and all of the ingredients are well combined. Sprinkle the mixture into the center of the apple.
- Place in a small and cozy dish. Add water 1 inch of water to the dish. Add a splash of bourbon to the water for good measure.
- Bake until the apple is soft and browned, 35-40 minutes. Use a pairing knife to check the apple if you’re curious.
- Remove from the oven, allow to cool for a few minutes. Transfer apple to a shallow bowl along with some of the juices in the baking dish. Top with vanilla ice cream if you’re lucky enough to have it or a good drizzle of half and half. Enjoy warm!
• You can use any type of apple you have on hand. Here’s the thing – some apples bread down a lot more in the oven. Granny Smith and Macintosh break down the most. Honey Crisp, Fuji, and Gala hold their shape the best. Either way it tastes divine!