I am one of many, I’m sure, who loves fall–the sights, smells, tastes–and can hardly contain myself at the first declaration, “Fall is in the air.” It’s cooler here in New York, (though it’s in the 80’s this coming weekend!), a little bit windier, and the flowers are past their peak. To me, fall is perfect biking weather because you don’t get overheated from long rides, the days are still relatively sunny, and you can top it off with a hot bath, instead of a cold shower, at home.

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This past weekend, I biked up to the Farmer’s Market near out apartment, ready to purchase as much produce as I could carry. I bought some gourds and corn, purely as decoration and maybe crochet inspiration, but more importantly, I bought Honeycrisp apples for the first time this year! I remember years ago when I discovered Honeycrisp apples and NO ONE else had heard of them. Now, like all things in New York, the trend has caught on, and everyone (almost annoyingly!) waxes poetic about Honeycrisp apples. Now, they are everybody’s favorites, and therefore, they feel a bit less special. Regardless, they are tasty and are good baking apples for crisps, crumbles, and pies. (Hey, what’s the difference between a cobbler, crisp, crumble, etc.? Check here!)

I decided to make apple crisp, which takes a lot less time and effort than apple pie does, and uses an irresistable combination of oats, butter, brown sugar, and spices. (Use margarine instead of butter to easily make it vegan) I love making pies, don’t get me wrong, but we needed a dessert stat! The following is the recipe, for this easy dessert:

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Ingredients:
Cooking spray
4 medium tart apples (Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Rome), sliced (4 cups)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup oats
1/3 cup butter or stick margarine, softened
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Spray an 8×8 or 9×9 square pan with cooking spray.
3. Mix together brown sugar, flour, oats, butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg. You want it to be coarse crumbs, so just mix it by hand. Set aside.
4. Slice the apples (I peel them, but you don’t have to). Hopefully you have one of these handy-dandy tools to core and slice the apple all in one motion. Arrange in pan.

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5. Sprinkle the crumb mixture over top of the apples.
6. Bake for 30 minutes or until apples feel soft when poked with a fork and topping is golden brown.
7. Cool slightly and eat up! Throw some vanilla ice cream on top, if you like.