I've been meaning to post this recipe since October when I made it for my hubby's birthday. I loved the addition of maple syrup and dried cranberries to this delicious Apple Crisp.
For those of you who don't know, we are foster parents. In August, 2 lovely little girls came to live with us. We added a 3 yr. old and a 1 yr. old to our 6 yr. old and 8 yr. old. We are really enjoying them. I know people have 4 plus kids, and do great, but it did take a little adjusting. Going from 2-4 overnight, yeah, it was pretty chaotic. Let's be honest, there's a little chaos every day. :D But, I wouldn't change it. If we come to mind, please pray these girls lives would be touched in a positive way through being with our family for this time. Okay, that was my explanation (excuse?) for not writing more often. But, now on to the recipe:
This was adapted from Cuisine at Home.
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. granulated sugar
3/4 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt, divided
2 sticks cold unsalted butter, diced
3/4 c. old fashioned rolled oats
3/4 c. chopped walnuts
3/4 c. dried cranberries
3/4 c. apple cider, boiling
4 lb. Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into slices (about 9 apples)
3/4 c. pure maple syrup (gotta use the real stuff here)
2 tbs fresh lemon juice
2 tbs all purpose flour
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350.
For the streusel, whisk together the flour, sugars, and 1/4 tsp salt in a bowl. Cut butter into flour mixture using a pastry blender until it resembles coarse crumbs.
Mix oats and walnuts into flour mixture with your hands until thoroughly combined; cover and refrigerate.
I could just eat this with a spoon.
For the filling, soak cranberries in apple cider, covered, until plumped.
Toss together apples, cranberries, maple syrup, lemon juice, 2 tbs flour, cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp salt in a large bowl. Transfer apple mixture to a 9x13 inch baking dish, (or 2 pie dishes work too). cover apples with streusel and bake until apples are tender, about 50 minutes. Let apple crisp rest on a cooling rack 30 minutes before serving.
We like to top ours with vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!!