Apple Desserts

Skillet Apple Crisp

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This is another addition to a collection of all-in-one and skillet-to-oven dishes.  Since I have read more negative things about non-stick surfaces, I have been using my cast iron more and more often.  The cast iron simplifies cooking and makes for a speedy clean-up.  And since I have … oh … a bushel of apples… I thought this would be appropriate.  I have already made applesauce and apple butter and canned them.

Other skillet dishes:
Skillet Cornbread
Chili Mac
Fiesta Chicken
Pork Tenderloin

Taste:  Warm, delicious and apple-ey.
Difficulty:  Pretty easy.
Would I make it again?:  I already have twice!
Time commitment:  This comes together quickly… after cutting the apples up.  That was the most time-consuming part.

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Skillet Apple Crisp
serves 8

¾ cup (3¾ ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
¾ cup pecans, chopped fine (I left them out, but very tasty.  Remember to toast them first!)
¾ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
½ cup (3½ ounces) packed light brown sugar
¼ cup (1¾ ounces) granulated sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon table salt
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
3 pounds Golden Delicious apples (about 7 medium), peeled, cored, halved, and cut into ½-inch-thick wedges
2 teaspoons juice from 1 lemon
¼ cup (1¾ ounces) granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
1 cup apple cider (or 1 cup apple juice is what I had on hand)

1.  To make the topping, mix all of the ingredients EXCEPT the melted butter.

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Stir in the melted butter and moisten everything.  Crumbs should form.  Set aside.

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2.  To make the filling, preheat oven to 450 degrees.  In a great big bowl, mix apples, lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon.  Set aside.

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3.  In a large 12″ skillet that is also oven safe, boil the apple cider over medium heat.  Reduce by half – which took about 5 minutes.
4.  Add apples to the juice.  Stir and cook over medium-low for 12 minutes.
5.  Add crumb topping on top.  Put the entire skillet in the oven for 12-15 minutes.  The top should be golden brown.  Serve warm with vanilla ice cream on top.

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