quick and easy apple crisp for one

I like apples, I do. But I’ve always preferred them in something. As in, apple tarts, apple cider doughnuts, apple juice…things like that.

And so, on Sunday I picked up a few of the most fragrant Gala apples at the market and made a simple crisp with one of them. I liked the idea of changing up the traditional apple crisp recipe just a tad, so I incorporated more whole-wheat flour, more cinnamon and a little less sugar. The outcome was just as sweet and delicious as ever. I loved it. And it suited a brisk and breezy Sunday afternoon just fine.

Quick and Easy Apple Crisp
serves 1 greedy person or 2 people with a hankering for a small snack

*Measurements are approximate.

1-2 Gala apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 and 3/4 tablespoons of whole-wheat flour
1 and 1/3 tablespoons of white flour
1 and 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar (or to your liking)
2 and 1/3 tablespoons quick oats
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3 teaspoons cinnamon (or to your liking)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix the peeled and sliced apples with the vanilla extract, 1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon and 1/2 tablespoon of brown sugar in a bowl.
In a separate bowl, mix the remaining ingredients (including the remaining amount of the brown sugar and cinnamon) together until thick crumbs start to form.
In a small baking dish or heat-safe ramekins, place the apples and the crumbly mixture on top.
Place in oven for 25 to 30 minutes.

And whoever decided to pair warm apple crisp with vanilla ice cream is an effing genius.

-jillian m.

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