Apple Cider Crisp

My mom took me apple picking for my birthday a few years ago. I’ve never felt more inundated by apples! I understand that apple orchards tends to have a lot of apples, but seeing that many is still shocking! There were rows upon rows of trees adorned with the plump red globes and paths littered with the over-ripe. It was beautiful and so much fun. Best of all, we took home paper grocery bags loaded with apples; probably more than one would know what to do with.
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Now that fall is in full swing, local grocery stores and Trader Joes’ are practically giving away apples, packaging them in 5 lb plastic bags to mimic the feeling of returning from an apple orchard.

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Ever wonder what to do with loads if apples? How about recipes with hard apple cider? I always reach for my apple cider crisp recipe.It’s the best of both worlds. It’s easy to make for a weeknight dessert, and delicious enough to impress dinner guests. Did anyone say potluck? You have dessert COVERED. Everyone loves booze-filled desserts.Make it tonight and ENJOY!

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Apple Cider Crisp
Serves 2Ingredients:
1 Apple (a mixture of hard and soft apples are best for baking)
½ tsp clove
½ tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
Lemon juice
1 tbsp hard apple cider (or regular apple cider)
½ tsp sugar (depending on sweetness of the apple)
1 tbsp flour

2 tbsp cold butter, cubed
3 tbsp flour
½ tsp baking powder
1 tbsp brown sugar

1. Cut the apple into small chunks and place in a medium-sized bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and let it sit (covered) in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to an hour (or overnight).
2. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
3. Make the topping: Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and brown sugar in a medium-sized bowl. Incorporate the butter (I like to squeeze it with my fingers while watching TV!) until the mixture resembles course sand.
3. Share the apples between two ramekins and top with the crumble topping.
4. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the top is browned and the apple mixture is bubbling through.
5. Cool and serve with whipped cream!

Note: Quadruple the recipe and bake in a casserole dish to serve a crowd!

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3 thoughts on “Apple Cider Crisp

  1. I noticed you’re drinking a hard cider while baking. I caught a BWI last year so I now only drink soft cider while baking. Just thought I’d share.

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