Here’s an easy recipe for a wonderful dessert that speaks of fall. Apples come easily to mind this time of year so treat yourself to this tasty apple crisp.

To serve four:

For the apples:
4 golden delicious apples
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons dark rum
Zest of ½ lemon
2 Tablespoons butter

Cut apples into quarters then peel and core. Slice each quarter into thirds.
Heat a large skillet and add butter. When butter sizzles add apples and toss to coat. Add sugar, toss again a few times (stirring is fine if you’re not comfortable flipping the pan) then add the rum.
Cook until the sugar has dissolved and you have softening apples in a nice syrup. Remove from heat and transfer apples to four small baking dishes.

For the topping:
½ cup flour
¼ cup oats
¼ cup brown sugar
2 pinches ground cinnamon
2 oz. (1/4 cup) cold butter cut into small dice

Put all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until they just come together. Alternatively, mix by hand.

Sprinkle topping over apples in dishes and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. Place a sheet pan under the dishes to avoid a messy spill should apples bubble over the rims of the dishes. Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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