Sometimes you forget how a real apple should taste. At least with living in the city, I guess it's much easier to reach that point. I had gotten so acclimated to 'organic' apples from Whole Foods or Trader Joe's to be what an apple tastes like, that once I bit into these babies, I was blown away. I couldn't help but reminisce back on those times where my mom would take my brother and I to the farm and we'd run through the pumpkin field and apple orchards, snagging bites here and there whenever we felt the need to feed our taste buds with juicy, tart deliciousness.
Fast forward to today, the Dupont Farmer's Market is the closest spot in walking distance I can probably get to feed my apple orchard nostalgia. I have to admit, it is quite the magical spot here early on Sunday mornings. If you ever have the opportunity to check it out, I highly recommend! There's ample amounts of sampling of fresh apples, peaches, and homemade baked goodies (at least in the fall), along with a wide variety of speciality vendors to bring your home and kitchen to life.
Since apple crisp is one of my absolute favorite desserts, (in past years this has been my actual birthday cake!) I figured this dish would be an excellent way to serve these market fresh apples. As for what type of apple to choose for your baking escapades, usually the more crisp, tart varieties hold up better under high heat. Try Honey Crisp, Granny Smith, or Pink Lady.
While a typical fruit crisp is loaded with refined white sugar, flour, and butter, this one is prepared using only whole ingredients to nourish your body + still knock your socks off. This recipe calls for whole grain, fiber-filled rolled oats, a touch of ancient grains from spelt flour, natural sweeteners like maple syrup and vanilla, and coconut oil instead of butter to give you more easily absorbed MCTs with a rich flavor combination. It's just so good, you may even sneak it in for breakfast!
Farmer's Market Fresh Apple Crisp
Ingredients // for the filling:
3 or 4 large apples, sliced into cubes (should yield about 4 C.) - I used Honey Crisp
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Ingredients // for the topping:
2.5 C. rolled oats
5 Tbsp. spelt flour
pinch sea salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
5 Tbsp maple syrup
5 Tbsp coconut oil
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 F. Chop up your apples, then combine maple syrup, vanilla, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Toss together and set aside. In a separate bowl, add all topping ingredients together and mix well. In a pie dish, spread apples out in an even layer, then add topping to the apples and round out the edges. Place in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until oats begin to brown.
Once cooled, serve alongside your favorite ice cream. To keep with the local vibes, I used Dolcezza's coconut gelato. Happiness.