I am always reluctant to let summer slip away. It's my spirit season and I'm happiest sitting under the warm sun sipping on something cool. But, its inevitable and the only way I know how to deal with the devastating transition from summer into fall is through food. This Baked Brie Apple Crisp is my coping mechanism of choice this year.
Spring and summer of 2020 were unlike any other. If I've learned anything, it's that nothing will go according to plan. NOTHING. For my 4th #BakingTheGoodsWithBobs series, with my partners Bob's Red Mill, I had a different plan in mind. The focus was still supposed to be on all things Crumbles, Crisps and Cobblers but with through a summery lens. Due to the series of circumstances beyond any control, I had to push the past 3 Bob's campaigns. So here we are, it is now fall and I can finally kick off my #Easy3C campaign, where we dive deep into the world of Crumbles, Crisps and Cobblers!
The good news is, this Baked Brie Apple Crisp may not have even existed had I been able to stay on track. Which would have been a travesty in and of itself. We the people need this recipe, now more than ever. Watch below to see what I mean.
After a few months of oven avoidance, baking crumbles, crisps and cobblers is a nice venture into the changing of seasons. Despite my whining, I actually do welcome my lonely oven with warm, oven-mitted arms. I've found that this Baked Brie Apple Crisp eases the tension of the transition. It's more interesting than a classic Apple Crisp. But it's still easy to make and really brings the comfort.
This recipe has 3 distinct components that weave together like a snuggly knit sweater you'll want to wear all season.
- Hazelnut crisp topping
- Spiced, sweet apples
- Melty, buttery brie cheese
My Baked Brie Apple Crisp recipe pulls classic fall flavors, colors and textures together and then descends deep into the coziest of caverns by with creamy Brie cheese. This rustic, one skillet wonder is as easy as can be and fills your house with those homey fall aromas we forgot about over the summer.
First of the season apples get tossed together with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and smooth, sweet maple syrup. Then they slide to side and make way for an entire wheel of brie that nestles in with the spicy, sweet fruit. Apples and all get blanketed under a textural layer of fall flavors in the crumbly hazelnut crisp topping. It's an adventure in seasonality, made with chewy Bob's Red Mill extra thick rolled oats, rich brown sugar, and a seasonal mix of spicy cinnamon, cardamom, and chopped hazelnuts. All bound together in textural harmony with all purpose flour and rich butter.
Everything bakes in a single skillet, including that full brie wheel. Rind and all. I can feel some skeptical looks, but I assure you, the rind is fully edible and even encouraged to enjoy. The bloomy rind is part of the brie experience. And while it may seem off putting because the rind is a mold, it actually adds depth in both texture and flavor. If you just can't get past it, I get it. But, you kinda need that rind to keep things together while this Baked Brie Apple Crisp bakes. Once you dive in, you can peel back the rind if you wish.
This rustic crisp is essentially fall in a skillet. I mean, cinammon-y apples, crispy, spiced oats and hazelnuts, that's like the embodiment of autumn. The warm brie acts as the chunky wool scarf that completes the whole fall ensemble. It symbolically ties the sweater, socks and stocking cap together. Serve it with grilled or toasted bread hunks and fresh apples to really rock the fall feels.
The moment you burst that brie and the melty rivers go oozing out into the crisp topped apples, you can feel yourself sink deeper into the season. As much as I hate to see summer go, this crisp softens the blow with ooey gooey, buttery brie and all of my favorite fall flavors. Slip into a chunky cable knit sweater and your warmest wool socks, then settle in to bake this easy and rustic Baked Brie Apple Crisp all fall.
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