Nothing will make you more thankful for your health and the health of your family than working in the ICU. I’ve got the best parents a girl could ask for, but since Grandparents Day is coming up soon let me brag on them a little.

My grandparents are the best. I know everyone probably thinks that, but mine really are! They’re the salt of the earth, always thinking and doing for others which is such a rare find in today’s world. My grandpa has a green thumb and grows all kinds of tasty produce, and my grandma cans, cooks, and bakes it into deliciousness (remember these?) – and then they send it home with me (and everyone else). I made it home with some delicious apples from their trees after my last trip home and made this apple crisp.

There’s nothing fancy about this recipe. Crisps are kind of unassuming like that, but they’re always crowd pleasers. Taking a couple minutes to brown the butter gives this crisp a little something extra – a delicious, nutty, caramel flavor. Trust me it’s worth it. You should definitely give this recipe a try even if you don’t have any homegrown apples from your grandparents laying around. And then, call up your family just because you can. Life is short and young or old, we aren’t promised tomorrow. Be thankful for today! Enjoy!

Brown Butter Apple Crisp

5-1/2 to 6 cups peeled and sliced apples (I used a tart apple. If you use a sweet apple you may need less sugar depending on your tastes.)
1 cup quick oats
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup butter

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8 or 9 inch square baking dish with nonstick spray. Place apples in prepared dish.
2. Place butter in small saucepan or skillet over medium heat. Cook until butter is golden brown and smells nutty, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
3. In large bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, flour, pecans, salt, and cinnamon. Stir to combine. Add brown butter and stir until evenly mixed. Pour over apples.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown and apples are bubbly.

Categories: Pies and Tarts

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