Fall is in the air, and there’s nothing like the smell of a warm, sweet breakfast to enjoy in the morning chill.
2 1/2 cups apples - peeled, cored, and sliced
1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking dish.
Arrange apple slices evenly in prepared baking dish. Sift flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Cut in butter using a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal; sprinkle over apples.
Bake in preheated oven until topping is golden, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool slightly before serving.
Do not overmix the topping, and NEVER cream it. The topping should be gently cut into the butter so that the butter remains in small lumps. This will result in a light, crunchy topping for the apples. Also, in a pinch, you don't need to sift the dry ingredients. Just carefully stir them together until mixed (prior to adding the butter).
Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.