This is a great recipe to make with kids. Have the kids help you peel the apples. Then while you core and slice them, have the kids blend the ingredients for the walnut topping together with their fingers—they love this step. Serves 6.
6 firm, tart apples, peeled, cored and sliced
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1 cup flour
6 tablespoons brown sugar
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of salt
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
Pear-Hazelnut Crisp Variation: We love combining the sweetness of apples with crunchy walnuts. Try using Bosc, Bartlett or d’anjou pears instead of apples and use hazelnuts instead of walnuts.
1 1/2 cups cold heavy cream
1 teaspoon confectioner’s sugar, or to taste
1 teaspoon vanilla extract, or to taste
In a large mixing bowl, whisk the cream, sugar and vanilla together until soft peaks form. Be careful not to over whip and turn the cream to butter! Chill in the refrigerator until ready to use.