These are the prettiest dang apples I've ever laid eyes on and they grew in my very own front yard! They range in size from small apricots to small McIntosh apples. I made Crab Apple Crisp with them and it was the tastiest apple crisp I've ever eaten.
If you lack a Crab Apple tree of your own or legal access to one I suggest you don a black mask straight away and shake down your neighbours tree.
What I meant to say was you can use any sort of apples in place of crab apples.
Source: Adapted from my family recipe.
8 medium crab apples, peeled and sliced
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp granulated sugar
1 cup salted butter
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and position a rack in the center. Butter a 8 x 8 inch baking dish and set it aside.
In a medium bowl combine the apple slices and lemon juice then mix in the cinnamon and sugar. Arrange the apples in the bottom of your prepared baking dish until they reach about halfway up the side.
In a small sauce pan on low heat melt the butter. Once it's melted remove it from the heat and lightly mix in the oats, flour, brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon. Lightly and evenly sprinkle the crisp layer over the apples.
Bake it for about 30 minutes or until it's crispy and bubbly. Allow it to cool for about 5 – 10 minutes then scoop it out onto serving plates and top with whipped cream or ice cream. Enjoy!