Food Memory Friday: Cinnamon Apple Crunch

During my visit back home last week, my mom and I went to the neighborhood orchard and picked up some  apples. When I got home I reserved some of the apples for eating and the rest of them for baking this cinnamon apple crunch. This is a very special recipe to me because it was one of the first desserts I made for my in-laws after Robert and I got married. Robert (Sr.) and Connie visited us for an evening in our tiny, but cozy apartment and I had volunteered to make dinner for everyone instead of going out to eat. I remember anxiously flipping through the brand new cookbooks I’d received for shower and wedding gifts trying to find a good Autumn meal that would please our guests. You see, my mother-in-law is well-known for her cooking and baking and I was anxious to impress her. The funny thing is, though, is that in reality Connie is one of the kindest people I know and I don’t think I could ever serve her something that she wouldn’t appreciate. Nonetheless, I found this recipe in a local cookbook and I decided to give it a whorl.

I instantly fell in love and Robert and Connie enjoyed it as well.  It may look like a basic apple crisp, but in addition to the crumbly topping, there is a cinnamon sugar oatmeal crust that tastes similar to an oatmeal cookie. The filling is a simple, yet delicious cinnamon apple mixture and this dessert is wonderful served either cold or warm and with or without a scoop of ice cream. Since then I have become a lot more comfortable in the kitchen and I have kept this recipe in my arsenal ever since.

In other news: it’s been a pretty hectic past couple of weeks with graduation and studying for my licensure exam. As a result, I will be going on vacation next week and Lolly’s Sweet Treats will be on a brief one week food blogging hiatus. I have lots of recipes that are on my “to make” list, so stay tuned until then!  Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

Cinnamon Apple Crunch

Printable Version

Yield: 8-10 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 apples, diced

For the filling

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat the oven 350 degrees. In a medium-sized bowl, mix the flour, oatmeal, sugar, cinnamon, and salt together. Pour the melted butter over the mixture and combine until crumbly. Press 1/2 of the crumbs in to a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Cover with the diced apples.

For the filling, cook the sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, and cinnamon in a saucepan over medium heat until clear and thick. Pour the filling over the apples and cover with the remaining crumbs. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 1 hours.

Source: Adapted from Der Dutchman of Walnut Creek Cooking