Since black apples are in season in Arkansas, I made a Black Apple Crisp. For several days, it sat on the stove under aluminum foil. John and I walked by and took big spoonfuls straight from the pie pan and pretended that since we weren’t sitting down with a whole bowlful, we weren’t really eating it…
You know how that works out.
Black Apple Crisp
I talked about this Black Apple Crisp in last week’s Sunday Letter, and several people asked for the recipe. So here it is.
- Pie Shell (regular, not deep dish)
- 4 cups apples, cored, peeled, and sliced thin
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 T flour
- 1 stick butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup flour
- Pour apples into medium-sized bowl. Mix cinnamon, granulated sugar, and 1 T flour together and pour over apples. Stir until apples are coated. Pour into pie shell.
- Over low heat, melt butter. Once butter is melted, add brown sugar and flour. Stir together.
- Top with brown sugar butter crumble.
- Bake at 375 for approximately 30 - 40 minutes or until rim of pie shell has browned.
- Serve with ice cream.
The Rest of the Story
So now that you have the recipe, I need to tell you a few important things about making it.
- The original recipe said to put the apples in the pie crust and then pour the cinnamon, flour, sugar ingredients over the apples in a layer. I started to do this (as you can see I had even put my naked apples in the crust). But I decided this method would not allow the cinnamon to mix well over the apples. So I poured the apples back into a bowl and mixed them with the cinnamon/sugar, then returned the apples to the crust.
- The original recipe called for 2 cups of brown sugar and flour for the crumble topping. I used 1 cup of each. Next time, I will try this using 1/2 cup. I think with less topping, the crumble will brown better and be crunchier.
- My oven sucks. That’s the truth. It doesn’t heat properly so every recipe I make requires adjusting the time and temperature. The original recipe called for baking at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. I baked mine at 385 degrees for 45 minutes. If you have an oven that performs as it should, start with the recommended 375 / 30 and go from there. In other words, keep an eye on it because I can’t swear to the time and temp.
Really, there’s nothing better than hot pie and a scoop of ice cream.
Arkansas Black Apples
Are you a fan of Arkansas black apples? They will keep several months in cold storage, and with age, the skin turns darker (almost purple-black) and the crisp sweet-tart flavor becomes even better (like a fine red wine). Arkansas black apples are thought to have originated in the 1870s in Benton County from a Winesap seedling.
Did you know, northwest Arkansas had a thriving apple industry in the late 1800s until the 1930s? A moth infestation, a drought, and The Great Depression almost wiped out commercial production. Now, Arkansas Blacks are grown not only in Arkansas, but also in the large apple-growing areas of the Pacific Northwest.
For another black apple recipe, I can’t wait to try Dining with Debbie’s Arkansas Black Apple Pudding Cake. It looks so delicious!
I wish I had a piece with my coffee this morning.
Yes, our apple crisp is long gone…
Happy fall baking, friends! It’s the yummiest time of the year.
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