This past weekend my mother and I decided, after years of talking about it, to go to a great annual event in our area. Every fall Portland Nursery hosts an apple tasting event. Along with the tasting they have a bunch of other great activities including cider tastings, live music, kid’s activities, along with shopping through their great plants! We only ended up staying for the apple tasting, and of course bought a bunch of apples! They had a great variety, with close to 30-40 different apples, pears, and asian pears, most that I had never heard of before.
I really love looking through the plants they have, and I definitely found one that I want to get next spring. It was a hot pink blueberry bush! They taste like normal blueberries, but turn bright pink when fully ripe. I also found the cutest bonsai maple tree. Its little leaves were changing colors!
We came home with a little over 20 pounds of apples and pears, and will definitely be going back next weekend to buy even more. We are going to turn most into apple sauce and pear sauce next weekend, but I managed to snag a few to bake with! Every year we make a point to make apple crisp a few times, usually when fresh crops of apples start coming in, for Thanksgiving, and maybe another time or two throughout the fall and winter.
I like a sweeter apple when making apple crisp, we usually use golden delicious apples, but this year we used a variety from the tasting, called a gourmet golden. You can use a tart apple like a granny smith if you prefer, just up the amount of sugar you use. Since I love brown butter so much, I used it instead of regular butter, but if you want to use the same amount of softened butter, it will still be good. I have found that apple crisp is better once it has been able to sit for a few hours, or overnight.
8-10 medium sized apples, peeled and sliced
½ cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1 ½ sticks of butter
¾ cup all purpose flour
¾ cup whole wheat flour
¾ cups old fashion oats
¾ cup brown sugar
Cinnamon to taste
Pre heat oven to 350.
For the filling:
After peeling and slicing apples into ¼ slices, place in a bowl with the cinnamon and sugar, toss to coat. Put apple mixture in a pie dish, set aside.
For the topping:
Melt butter over medium high heat, let bubble until golden brown. Let the brown butter cool slightly. Combine flour, oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon ( can be done in the same bowl as the apples). When butter has cooled enough to touch, add to flour mixture. Mix the butter and flour mixture until you can form small clumps.
Evenly spread topping over the apples. Place in the oven, and let it bake for 45-60 minutes, until juices bubble up from the apples, and the apples are soft.