…but this one was just too delicious not to share with y’all.
Elizabeth’s Amazing(ly Easy) Apple Crisp
1 box of graham crackers
About 2 & 1/4 cups brown sugar
Cinnamon (as much as you want)
Allspice (as much as you want, but I don’t suggest more than a tablespoon)
Vanilla flavoring (I love vanilla flavoring in my baking, so I used about 1/4 cup, but you can use less if you prefer)
5 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled (or unpeeled, whichever you prefer) and chopped
3 & 1/2 sticks butter
Whipped cream (tub or squirty thing)
Okay, I think that’s everything.
Preheat your oven to 325, then put 2 of the prepackaged bags of graham crackers from inside the box (10 or 12 crackers) into a Ziploc bag and crush them as finely as you can with a food hammer (or a bowling ball, whichever you prefer). Pour the crumbs into a mixing bowl (it’s a lot easier if you have an electric mixer, and more fun since you can play with the controls and make the ingredients fly everywhere).
Add about 1 cup of brown sugar and mix it with the cracker crumbs, then do the same with 1/2 cup of rolled oats.
Cut up 2 sticks of cold butter into small chunks (it helps if you oil your knife now and then while cutting). Sprinkle the pieces into your crust mixture, mixing well, until all the pieces are coated with graham cracker crumbs, then squish it up with your hands (if you’re afraid to get dirty, use a spoon, but that will be a lot harder and take much longer), making sure all of the butter lumps are squashed and mixed in. Resist the urge to eat it all; it’s delicious.
Separate 3 eggs and add the yolks to your crust, mixing thoroughly. Set aside the whites for the filling.
Put 1 stick of butter in the microwave to melt (I put it on for 1 minute, power level 7/medium high), then while that’s melting, put the apple chunks into a bowl and pour the egg whites over them. Add the butter when it’s melted.
Sprinkle as much cinnamon, allspice, and vanilla as you please into the apple mixture, then mix it well.
Put the apple mixture into the microwave for about 10 minutes on power level 5 (medium).
While the apples are in the microwave, press the crust mixture into the bottom and sides of a well-greased 9×13″ glass baking pan.
When the apples are done, drain most of the liquid but do not get rid of it. Pour the apple chunks over the crust, letting some of the liquid remain.
Crush another half package of graham crackers, and sprinkle 1/2 of the crumbs over the apples.
In a separate bowl, mix 1 cup of rolled oats with half a stick of melted butter, a tablespoon of cinnamon, and a quarter cup brown sugar. Sprinkle this over top of the crumbs that you already put on top of the apples, then sprinkle the remaining crumbs over top of the oat mixture.
Put the pan in the oven for 15 minutes, then lower the temperature to 275 and put it in for another 15 minutes. Check on it frequently, because when I made it, I was experimenting, so I kept changing the temperature and putting it in for different amounts of time, but the time and temperatures I put here are my best guesses. When you take it out, the edges should be golden brown, and the center should be just a little bit jiggly.
Let the crisp stand for about an hour to let it cool and give the juices time to thicken.
Cut a piece, put it on a plate, add a dollop of whipped cream, and enjoy!
(Note: This is not an official, tested-and-true, write-down-the-ingredients-and-exact-measurements-as-you-add-them recipe, so do what seems best to you. This recipe is not for beginner cooks.)
I was going to post a picture of my piece of apple crisp on my plate, but it was too delicious. 😀 I ate it all, and now I’m too full to get out a second piece. Try the recipe, and share pictures of your own, linking back to this post. 🙂