When I moved out of my parents house at age 19, one of the best things anyone gave me was a ring binder style Betty Crocker Cookbook. That was many, many years ago. I still have that cookbook, and there are still a few tried and true recipes I refer to as loose bases for my own recipes. The original Betty Crocker Warm Apple Crisp is one of those recipes. It was as yummy when I was 19 as it is now.
Flash forward to this past Tuesday. We were at our Brand New Local Natural Food Co-op. As we walk in, I take note of some beautiful, gnarly little yams on a painted hutch. A few feet away are some big, firm perfect yellow-blush apples. Pennsylvania isn’t great at many things, but we do grow some awesome apples. I grabbed six of those right away – half for our son to eat; the other half for us to cook with. Over in the organic bulk bins, I saw some great smelling rolled oats. It hit me all at once. Brown Sugar, Oat, Apple & Yam Crisp! Oh, Yummy!! I told Bruce my idea and he was all in! 🙂
You can eat this hearty, delicious crisp as a dessert, as a side dish with pork, or even for breakfast.
Are you ready? Let’s get cooking!
Apple & Yam Brown Sugar & Oat Crisp
2 cups sliced Apples
2 cups sliced Yams
1 cup of Water
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose or whole wheat flour
3/4 cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned rolled oat
1/3 cup butter, softened
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1 rounded teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
healthy pinch of cloves
– 9 x 12 baking dish [I like glass or Corningware best]
- Heat oven to 375º F. [190 c] Grease bottom and sides of baking pan with butter. (or coconut oil spray)
- Arrange apples and yams alternately and evenly in pan. Do not worry about design – it will be covered. Carefully pour water into pan so it runs to the bottom. Set aside.
- In medium bowl, cut in and stir remaining ingredients until well mixed; sprinkle evenly over apples and yams. Try to cover the yams and apples completely.
- Bake about 45-50 minutes, or until topping is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling slightly through. The apples and yams should be tender when pierced with a fork.
You can serve this right away, cool to room temperature, or make ahead and reheat.
It is amazing topped with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Bruce served ours warm with home made Cranberry Orange Sauce. Y-U-M!
We hope you give this easy and tasty dish a try. We love it!
Cheers, and Happy Eating!