Autumn is my favorite season for so many reasons...
Walking through rustling leaves. Sipping spiced cider from a favorite mug. Riding in combines with hardworking farmers. Curling up with a good book on a rainy day.
I love how the morning air is crisp in early fall, yet the afternoon temperatures are pleasantly warm without all of the humidity we experience in the heat of summer. I marvel at the number of Monarchs resting on my flowers and delight when I find their eggs on the backside of leaves.
Later in the season, I find beauty in the countryside as crops mature and leaves begin to turn color. It reminds me of all the times I traveled in October to Wisconsin with my parents and grandparents. We’d stop along the way for pumpkins and apples or to browse the antique shops. My favorite part of the annual trip, however, was our picnic lunch at Pike’s Peak State Park near McGregor in Northeast Iowa. We’d feast on the best fried chicken made by grandma with enough side dishes prepared by my mom to feed a small army!
Now that I have kids of my own, I’ve have more favorite memories of fall. It was so much fun dressing them up and taking them trick-or-treating when they were young. Now that they’re older, we enjoy making campfire pizzas and s’mores plus roasting pumpkin seeds after we’ve carved our jack-o-lanterns.
Enjoying the fruits of this season with loved ones is my absolute favorite thing about this season! There’s nothing better than all of the wonderful homemade goodness like baked chicken that is synonymous (at least to me) with fall harvest. Today I’m sharing one of our family’s favorite recipes for Apple Crunch. It’s simple, easy and simply delicious! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
4 cups peeled, cored, sliced apples
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup softened butter
Place apples in a lightly buttered baking dish, about 9 1/2 x 6 or 9-inch square.
Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Sprinkle crumb mixture over the apples.
Bake apple crunch at 350° for 35 to 45 minutes, or until apples are tender.
Serve apple crunch warm with ice cream, if desired.