There are over 7,500 varieties of apples! While you can always find an apple in modern-day supermarkets (especially well-known varieties like Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Gala), not all apples will appear in the stores at the same times. Some varieties only appear for a short time, and some only at a local orchard or farmer’s market. October is generally the peak of the season, and the best time for baking. Empire, Granny Smith and Honey Smith all ripen from mid-to-late October, and are the “best of the best” for baking a pie or making an Apple Crisp. However, if you don’t have those, no worries, any apple will do. One of my favorite recipes (also very easy), below…serve warm with Vanilla Ice Cream.
6 apples – peeled, cored and sliced; 1/2 cup melted butter; 1 cup all-purpose flour; 1 cup white sugar; 1 cup quick-cooking oats; 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon, divided; 1/4 cup butter, cut into pieces.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. Place apples in a 9″ x 13″ baking dish. In a bowl, mix melted butter, flour, sugar, oats and 1 tablespoon cinnamon to form a crumbly mixture. Sprinkle over apples. Dot with remaining 1/4 cup butter, and sprinkle with remaining one tablespoon cinnamon. Bake 50 minutes in the pre-heated oven, until lightly brown and apples are tender.