Fresh Washington Apple Crisp w/ Cinnamon Streusel Biscuit Crust

While in Washington, it didn’t take me long to notice we arrived right in the middle of apple season. At almost every turn, I saw apple trees with branches bowing at the weight of large, brightly colored apples. I had to force myself not to pull over and pick a pie’s worth of apples. I did pull over and knock on a few doors, hoping the home owner would give me permission to buy some of their apples ((no one came to the door — and I know they were home)). Thankfully, I eventually came across a roadside stand with freshly picked apples for sale, and with that – I was well on my way to making the best apple crisp of my life.

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It just so happened the little roadside stand I found was located on “Emilys Orchard Lane”. It was as if “they” were expecting me. The stands I visited were all unattended and on the honor system. It was as if I had stepped back into the 1950’s – I would have LOVED to stay there!

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I found two types of local apples, one green, Granny Smith type that was perfectly crisp and tart. The other was a pale pink and red speckled sweet apple. I love using a combination of apples in my apple pies and crisps – it really boosts the apple flavor.

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The hardest part of this recipe is peeling and slicing apples – but that is just part of the process, right?

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These apples were prone to turning brown quickly – I assume it was due to their non-modified, heirloom nature. I simply soaked my apples in some water and lemon juice, which kept them from turning completely brown.

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Once the apples are peeled and sliced, this is a quick process ((that is if you don’t have 4 kids coming in and out looking for taste tests)). 

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Simply coat the dish with butter and layer apples with a sprinkling of brown sugar, a light dusting of flour, cinnamon, a few pats of butter and 2 or 3 pinches of salt. Bake the apples off for about 20 minutes before topping with the cinnamon biscuit dough and oat streusel. This helps the apples to get cooked through without burning the biscuits. ((’cause no one likes burned biscuits!))

The biscuit topping is a twist on Julia’s Baking Powder Biscuits. I reduced the volume by one-third and added a hefty dash of cinnamon and ¼ cup sugar ((except for the milk & baking powder – I will tell you about that in the recipe)).

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As with the biscuits, it is important not to overwork this dough. A few good stirs and you are ready to get it atop the apples.

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I blame indecisiveness or gluttony ((or maybe both)), but either way, I gave this crisp TWO toppings. After the cinnamon biscuit dough is dolloped over the apples, sprinkle the dough with mixture of oats, cane sugar, cinnamon, flour, butter & salt.

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Bake until the center of the biscuits is set and the streusel topping is crisp.

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The Washington apples baked off marvelously. They stayed firm and the two apple varieties provided the perfect balance of sweet & tart. The streusel topped cinnamon biscuits made the crisp one tick shy of flagrantly indulgent; moist, fluffy cinnamon-sugar biscuits covered with a buttery, crisp cinnamon-oat streusel. The first bite almost popped my pant’s button. A scoop of Tillamook Salted Butterscotch ice cream shoved this dessert right into the realm of egregious, in a good way.

It was so tasty, I forgot to snap a photo until the next day. By the time I got around to taking a pic, we were out of Salted Butterscotch – now that really IS egregious!

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All that’s left is eating this Washington Apple Crisp with an amazing Washington view. Ahh, true love.

Fresh Washington Apple Crisp w/ Cinnamon Streusel Biscuit Crust
Serves 8
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
55 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
55 min
Crisp
  1. 10-12 medium apples, peeled & sliced*
  2. 3 T salted butter
  3. 1/2 c granulated cane sugar
  4. 1/4 c brown sugar
  5. 3/4 t sea salt
  6. 1 T cinnamon
  7. 2 T flour
Cinnamon Biscuits
  1. 2 c flour
  2. 1/4 c granulated cane sugar
  3. 2 T cinnamon
  4. 1 t salt
  5. 1 1/2 T baking powder**
  6. 1/3 c shortening
  7. 1 c cold milk**
Streusel
  1. 3 T flour
  2. 3 T salted butter
  3. 1 c rolled oats
  4. 1/2 c granulated cane sugar
  5. 1 T cinnamon
  6. 1/2 t salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 360°. Butter a 9" pie dish and place half of the apples into the dish. Sprinkle half of the remaining "crisp" ingredients over the apples, top with remaining apples and crisp ingredients. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the apples have softened slightly.
Meanwhile combine "cinnamon biscuit" ingredients as follows
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the first 5 biscuit ingredients. With your fingers or a fork, work shortening into the flour mixture until the mixture has a sandy texture. A few larger clumps should remain. Pour cold milk into the flour mixture, working it into a lumpy batter with a fork. Be sure not to overwork the biscuit dough, a few dry pockets of flour should remain. Set aside.
  2. In another medium mixing bowl, combine "streusel" ingredients working butter in with a fork. Set aside.
  3. Once the apples are cooked to slightly soft, remove from the oven and top with biscuit dough. Using a 1/2 c scoop, scoop biscuit dough atop the warm apples. Be sure to cover all of the apples with the dough. Sprinkle streusel topping over the biscuit dough.
  4. Return the crisp to the oven and continue baking for 35 minutes, or until the biscuit topping is cooked through and golden.
  5. Once baking time is complete, remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
  6. Serve with your favorite ice cream ((I suggest Tillamook Salted Butterscotch, it's dreamy))
Notes
  1. *I used a combination of 2 varieties, one similar to a Granny Smith and the other a sweet Delicious.
  2. **I use 1 1/2 T of baking powder to make this cinnamon-sugar biscuits extra fluffy. I c of milk allows the dough to be wetter, making them perfect for "drop biscuits".
Adapted from Julia's Biscuits
Adapted from Julia's Biscuits
Food for a Year: http://foodforayear.com/
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