................ I spotted the bowl of pink-blushed golden apples and knew exactly what I'd make. I flipped on the oven and by the time the little bell went off, letting me know it was pre-heated, my dessert was ready to go.
Thirty minutes later, Scott and I were dolloping bowls full of warm apple crisp with big scoops of vanilla ice cream. We presented them to our relaxed guests, who hadn't even had time to miss us and, well, let's just say there were exclaims of delight. And then silence ................ as everyone savored the simple, delicious dessert.
I've been making this apple crumble for so long, I could probably do it in my sleep. When Scott asked if I'd shared in here at The Café, I felt like I'd been keeping a secret from you. A really wonderful secret. You see, any time I need a super fast, sure-to-please dessert, this is my go-to recipe. It's made with the most basic ingredients; apples, butter, sugar and flour.
That's it ................ usually.
This time, I had a bit of fun with my old stand by recipe and added a handful of crushed Biscoff cookies to the crumble mixture. It didn't take much extra time but was a delightful variation. I also used individual shallow serving dishes, drizzling each one with a bit of my Ridiculously Easy Caramel Sauce. Voila! A humble little dessert is transformed into special-occasion fare!
Are you ever in a "culinary dessert-dilemma"? Perhaps it's unexpected guests or a party at work you've forgotten all about ................... maybe you have kids that are forever inviting an extra friend for dinner. Maybe there's a neighbor you want to say "I care" to but you're time is tight., It might just be that someone (maybe you) has a major sweet tooth and needs a yummy sweet treat.
Whatever the situation is, I promise you'll feel like quite the magician with this super easy recipe up your sleeve. Everyone seems to go crazy over a warm apple dessert and no one will believe how fast you can whip this up .............. and how amazingly delicious its. Trust me, you definitely want this World's Easiest Apple Crumble in your bag of tricks!
P.S. Be sure to serve it with Ridiculously Easy Caramel Sauce. It's so easy to make, it's ridiculous ................. ridiculously good too!!
World's Easiest Apple Crumble - with BISCOFF!
5-6 medium Golden Delicious apples**, about 6 cups, peeled, cored and sliced
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 stick butter, 4 ounces, melted
1 cup flour, possibly a bit more
12 Biscoff*** cookies, crushed
pinch of salt
1. Pre-heat oven to 350˚F. Spray a 9-10-inch round or square baking dish or 6-8 individual baking dishes* with cooking spray.
2. Pour apples into baking dish(s), mounding a bit on top, if needed. Sprinkle with ½ cup sugar. (If you want a less sweet dessert, omit this ½ cup sugar and just use the ½ cup sugar specified for the crumble topping.)
3. Combine flour, ½ cup sugar, Biscoff crumbs and salt. Stir to combine.
4. Add butter and stir with a fork until large, wet crumbs form. If mixture is too wet and doesn't form crumbs, add a bit more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. Stir with fork after each addition until large crumbs do form.
5. Take crumb mixture with your hands and pile on top of apples, trying to keep fairly large crumbs intact. If using individual pans, divide mixture evenly. Place pan(s) on a large sheet pan.
6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until crumbs are golden brown. Remove from oven. Serve warm with ice cream, if desired and Ridiculously Easy Caramel Sauce drizzled on top.
* ~ I used -inch ceramic, individual baking dishes and got 6 servings. If your dishes are smaller, you will probably get 8 servings.
** ~ You can actually use any good baking apple, though I wouldn't use a super hard apple like a Granny Smith. I love baking with Golden Delicious or Ginger Gold apples.
*** ~ More and more grocers are begining to carry these delicious Belgian cookies. They have them now at my most common market. Walmart and Target also carry them. If you can't find Biscoff, you can make the recipe without. Just follow the directions and omit the cookies. If you have another favorite cookie, you could substiture it for the Biscoff cookies. I think Lorna Dunes or Nutter Butters or even graham crackers would be wonderful.