Is it too late to talk about apples? Is it still apple season? Did I miss it? I have absolutely no clue, but I am going to talk about them anyway, and you want to know why? Because it is still Autumn. That’s right people, it is still technically Fall, so please for the love of all things Holy turn off the holiday music. If I have to hear another Mariah Carey Christmas song I might actually lose my sh*t. When you work in retail and have to listen to 20 different versions of the same 5 songs for hours at a time, it does something to your soul. And not a good something. To clarify, I do not dislike Christmas. I love it as much as the next person, but it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet. I do not want to experience the joys of Christmas until after I experience the joys of eating too much turkey and not being able to fit into my pants anymore. I cannot be the only one that feels this way! End rant.
NOW, let’s talk about apples.
I was really craving apple crisp a few weeks ago, which is weird in itself, because very rarely do I ever actually crave desserts with fruit in them. Nevertheless, I wanted apple crisp. But I also wanted something that was really simple, because I wasn’t in the mood to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so this apple crisp recipe is perfect. The most time consuming part is peeling and cutting the apples. But if you have an apple peeler/ slicing device (or someone that you can bribe into doing it for you) then you’ve got it made. Literally, you have half of the recipe made, because the apples are majority of this dessert. And, of course, there is the streusel. This isn’t even me being ridiculous and excessive and putting streusel where it doesn’t belong. Streusel is the ‘crisp’ part of apple crisp. It’s NECESSARY.
I wanted to jazz up the apple crisp just a wee bit, so I decided to make a salted caramel sauce to drizzle over the top. I’m surprised there was even any caramel left to drizzle afterwards because I was subconsciously eating spoonfuls of it while the apple crisp was baking. It is THAT good. It’s the perfect little ‘something extra’ to make it extra delicious.
My original intention when planning this dessert was to top it off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, because warm apple crisp with a mountain of vanilla ice cream on top is a miraculous combination. However, in true Lauren fashion, I went to the store with the goal of buying apples and ice cream. Literally 2 items on my list. I forgot the ice cream. I was too busy rifling through the apple bins at the store, trying to find ones that looked perfect (even though I was just going to cut them up, so really this was a completely useless thing to do. Story of my life) that I completely forgot the ice cream. I wasn’t about to go all the way back to the store, so I improvised and made homemade whipped cream instead, and it did not disappoint. Trust me, if you have the time and ingredients to make whipped cream from scratch-do it. It is so worth it, and so much better than the stuff you get at the store.
This recipe makes a 9 x 13 baking dish’s worth, Or 6 small ramekins if you wanted individual servings. Also, how cute are these little baby ramekins! Sweet little baby rammies! We love them so much, and they are perfect for serving guests, and a lot less messy than trying to scoop it out of a baking dish.
If you need another reason to try out this recipe, here is a link to an article explaining all the health benefits of apples! Well-Being Secrets