Autumn Apple Crisp

Autumn and apples just seem to go together, and this delicious recipe is a fall favorite at my house.  (And though I know it isn't officially autumn yet, I am ignoring the calendar and pretending it is already here.)

Apple Crisp

Preheat oven to 375.
Lightly grease a 2 quart baking dish.

Apple mixture:
2 1/2 pounds apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. sugar
Toss apples with lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon to coat.
Place in baking dish.

Topping:
6 tbsp. butter cut into 1/2 inch pieces
3/4 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup flour
1/2 cup rolled oats (or 1/4 cup oats, 1/4 cup chopped nuts)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cardamom (optional)

Use pastry cutter or your fingers to mix butter into other ingredients until you have a coarse, crumbly mixture. Sprinkle over the apples.
Bake until bubbly and brown, about 1 hour.
Serve plain or topped with ice cream, whipped cream or yogurt. Enjoy!

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