So this morning at 7am I decided to make a little apple crisp to bring to the office and share, giving my snack buddy the first crack at it. The prep time was literally 5 minutes (I looked at the clock when I put it in the oven: 7:05am) so this is something even a super busy morning can handle. If you have 5 min to prepare it and another 1 min to remove it from the oven when it's done baking, all you really have to worry about it getting your timing right.
I made it with real flour so I wasn't able to test-taste it, but it got rave reviews so I feel pretty good about it. One of my colleagues asked for the recipe, but this is one I just eyeball so I made some guesses on the ratios for official purposes --even though I often use measurements like "pinch" and "dash" I don't write them into recipes because I know that stresses some folks out-- and since I had it all written down in an email, I thought I'd post it here as well for those of you who are looking for recipes that require little effort and yield delicious returns.
Slice apples thinly (this helps cut down on baking time). I use granny smith; if you use other apples, toss the apples in fresh-squeezed lemon juice (1/2 lemon per apple)
Spread apples in your baking pan, making sure each slice has been separated from one another so they cook better. Leave ½ inch of room at the top
Topping (these are just the ratios – you may want to adjust the amount depending on your taste):
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp – or more if you like – apple pie spice (a combination of nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice)
Stir dry ingredients together
Cut in with a pastry cutter 1 stick butter until pieces of butter are about pea-sized.
Spread mixture over the apples and shake it down into the apples a little.
Bake at 350 for 30 min to an hour depending on how big of a pan you made. My little 6x8 pan that holds two large granny smith apples, sliced, only needed 30 min.
Another variation: Andrew likes it when I nestle little cubes if Kraft (not the inferior Brach’s) caramel within the apples.