This recipe was adapted from a recipe card one of my housemates gave me at brunch yesterday. My boyfriend and I made this last night at his house and we both loved it. I had mine with a little whipped cream, and he topped his with Peanut Butter Brittle ice cream. Warm, comforting, and it made the house smell AMAZING.
4 softball-sized apples (ours were Golden Delicious)
half a small lemon
1/2 c. granulated brown sugar
1/4 c. white sugar
1 c. white whole-wheat flour
2 tsp. ground cardamom
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. anise seed
1 & 1/2 sticks butter, very cold (12 tablespoons)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 13×9 Pyrex baking dish (I used butter). Core and slice your apples into 1/4 inch slices. Spread evenly into bottom of greased dish; squeeze the juice of the lemon half onto the apples. [Note: the original recipe indicated adding 1/2 c. sugar to the fruit; our apples were sweet, so we didn't.] For the topping, mix the two sugars, the flour, and the spices into a large bowl. Cut the cold butter into 1/4 inch slices, and add to dry ingredients. Smush together with your fingers until the mixture looks like moist crumbs. Spread over the apples, and bake in the middle rack of the oven for 25 minutes.
Serves 6-8 (or more if you’re adding a healthy scoop of ice cream)
This would also be yummy atop oatmeal in the morning.