apple crisp

We live in a decent apartment complex here in Georgia- knowing that the apartment is just a temporary step until we decide on a house, we weren't too choosy when it came to finding the right place. We looked for a nice one bedroom, close to Rich's work, with lots of natural light and a good layout, that wasn't ridiculously expensive.

The apartment itself is great. It's just over 900 square feet, which means I can vacuum the entire place in less than 15 minutes. There's lots of natural light and the kitchen, although small, is actually quite functional, because everything is within reach.

We have had one serious problem though: the mail. Mail is delivered to a group of mailboxes at the front of the complex, and you have to use a key to access your mailbox. This is normal. The fact that we have had multiple items- usually of some value- go missing before reaching our mailbox, or showing 'delivered' without being present, is not normal. Lately when I have a conversation with someone, it's no surprise when they say 'did you ever get that card I sent you?' or 'I never heard how you liked your gift- did you receive it?'. This has already been disappointing and frustrating for months, but it reached a zenith today when the 'big' Christmas present I ordered for Rich showed as delivered, but wasn't in the mailbox.

I looked on the ground. I looked through the junk mail that was in the box for a delivery slip or notice. I checked for a key to the 'large' boxes at the end where they put larger packages. Nothing. I called the post office. They didn't help (and they haven't with the other missing items either). I called the company I ordered the gift from, and they were very helpful, but the item I ordered is out of stock. They gave me a full refund...that won't post to my account for at least 5 days. 

Interestingly enough, we receive all of our bills with no trouble. I have all of my fingers crossed that the Christmas gifts I ordered for my friends and family actually arrive. But today, I have to admit, I needed some of this apple crisp. It's easy to make, it's so quick and simple. No skill needed. No rolling out pie crust, but all the flavors of a perfect apple pie. Comforting, soothing, and just the right balance of tart and sweet, cinnamon-laced apples.

Ready? Here's how it's done:

Preheat your oven to 350.

Peel and slice 7-8 Honeycrisp apples. Fuji would work equally well.

To your sliced apples, add the sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. 

Toss the mixture to coat, then set aside.

In another bowl, combine the flour, sugar, brown sugar, salt, oats, and butter. Cut them together with a pastry cutter, then roll the mixture together with your hands until it resembles wet sand. I only have the pastry cutter step photographed...but you have to keep going!

Now pour your apples into a 11x9 casserole dish and dot with the 4 T cubed butter.

Now pat the topping mixture over the top, covering the apples as evenly as possible. 

See how the streusel looks like wet sand? This is what you want.

Bake on a foil-lined sheet pan for 30-45 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the sides are very bubbly.

Remove from the oven and let set 10 minutes before serving.

Here's the recipe!