While I always find it a little bit sad to end a season, I can’t help but love some of the transitions. My favorite being summer turning into fall. The excitement as the air is a bit cooler at night or you start to hear the crunch of leaves as you walk across the grass, fall is beautiful.
Autumn is also probably my favorite time to bake. With the fresh bounty of new vegetables and fruits, the oven warms the house on the slightly cooler mornings and evenings. Squash, pumpkins and apples become readily available and I love to take advantage of the times when I can eat and use fresh, local produce.
Apple time is a busy time, but a fun one. We love to go apple picking and come home to make all sorts of goodies…applesauce, apple pie, dried apple rings and one of our all time favorites, apple crisp.
Apple crisp is less labor intensive than pie, but always yields a happy response from those that get to enjoy it. Served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and you’ve got something good going on! The crisp is easy to throw together and it’s not picky so even the less experienced baker can enjoy making this treat!
With the apple crisp being a little less particular, this recipe was also super easy to convert to be gluten-free. Awesome, right? While the directions below are for a gluten-free apple crisp, you can sub exactly one cup of flour for the rice flour and tapioca starch.
Need a bigger serving? No problem. If you double this recipe, it fits well into a 9×13 baking dish, which is the perfect size to bring to potlucks and family events.
Are you dairy-free? That’s easy to fix. Just substitute coconut oil for the butter and an extra pinch of salt to make up for using salted butter with the topping.
- 4 cups of peeled, sliced apples
- ½ cup brown rice flour
- ½ cup tapioca starch
- ¾ cup evaporated cane juice crystals (easily found on Amazon)
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. sea salt
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 egg
- ⅓ cup melted butter
- Grease an 8 inch baking dish and preheat oven to 375
- Melt butter and set aside
- With a fork, work eat into flour mixture and set aside
- Peel and thinly slice apples
- Place apples in greased baking dish
- Sprinkle the flour mixture over the apples
- Drizzle butter over the whole mixture
- Bake for around 45 minutes, until the top is a golden brown.
- Serve warm (With ice cream!)
I can guarantee, this simple recipe will quickly become a favorite. I have brought this to plenty of events and I never return home with any left in the baking dish.
I also love to make this as a dessert when bringing a meal to a family in need. Apple crisp tends to be a favorite among people of all ages.
With the fall season approaching, tell me, what are your favorite ways to use apples? I’m always looking for new ideas to try!