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My Favorite Apple Crisp

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Topping:

1½ cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces and chilled
3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Filling:

1/4 - 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
5 pounds apples – mixture of Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Braeburn, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

For the topping:

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Pulse flour, sugars, salt, cinnamon, and butter in food processor until mixture has texture of coarse crumbs (some pea-sized pieces of butter will remain), about 12 one-second pulses. Transfer to medium bowl, stir in oats, and use fingers to pinch topping into peanut-sized clumps. Refrigerate while preparing filling.

2. For the filling: In large bowl, combine apples, sugar, flour, spices, lemon juice and zest in pour into 9x13 glass baking dish placed on a rimmed baking sheet; smooth apples evenly with spatula.

To assemble:

1. Scatter topping evenly over filling and bake until juices are bubbling and topping is deep golden brown, about 40-50 minutes. (If topping is browning too quickly, loosely cover with piece of aluminum foil.) Transfer to wire rack to cool. Serve warm. Serves 8 to 10.

Make Ahead Topping: While this crisp is best eaten the day it is cooked, the topping can be made ahead. After pinching the topping into small clumps in step 1, transfer the mixture to a zipper-lock bag and refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

- Recipe courtesy of James Moore

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