Sprinkling on bits of crispy bacon during the last few minutes of baking is, of course, optional. But it sure is a fun option!
I always have such good intentions. I always buy lots of fruit and I always throw away some of that fruit. This time I put those soft apples to good use and baked one of my favorite old-fashioned desserts – Apple Crisp. Sprinkling on bits of crispy bacon towards the end of the baking time gives this dessert an new twist.
You know, I actually prefer eating apple crisp at room temperature, but that didn’t keep me from giving myself a big serving while it was still hot.
Except for coring, peeling and cutting the apples, this dessert takes very little time to prepare.
8 – 9 inch square cake pan Bake at 350F for 30 – 35 minutes
Add chopped, cooked bacon 5 minutes before apple crisp is ready to come out of the oven.
- 7 cups peeled, sliced apples
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 3 pinches nutmeg
- 1 Tbs. flour ++ Flour helps thicken the apple juices
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup brown sugar ++ Just leveled, not ‘packed’
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 Tbs COLD butter, cut into small pieces
- 2 pinches salt
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
- 2 – 3 Tbs. roughly chopped cooked bacon To be added during last few minutes of baking.
++ As the old expression goes, “Live and Learn’. I learned that finely chopping the cooked bacon was NOT the way to go, so I recommend doing a rough chop. Also, it’s better if the bacon is slightly crispy… not super crispy.
In a large bowl mix 7 cups peeled, sliced apples, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, 3 pinches nutmeg, 1 Tbs. flour and 1/4 tsp. salt. Pour into a square baking pan.
Place 1/2 cup brown sugar, 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, 4 Tbs cold butter (cut into small pieces) and 2 pinches salt in a medium bowl. Using a pastry cutter, or two knives, mix ingredients until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans. (Do NOT add the bacon!)
Sprinkle crumb mixture evenly over the sliced apples. Bake at 350F for 30 – 35 minutes. The apple filling should be bubbling and the topping should be browned.
++ If adding 2 – 3 Tbs. chopped cooked bacon – sprinkle it on 5 minutes before apples crisp is fully cooked. Enjoy!