– The Ontario Greenbelt produces more than a quarter of the province’s apples (26.57%)
– Over 20 varieties of apple are grown in Ontario, but the most common are McIntosh, Empire and Red Delicious
– Ontario apples are generally available throughout the fall and winter, though there are some varieties that are available into the spring and early summer
– McIntosh apples are available mid-September until May, and Empire and Red Delicious are available from October to July
– Ontario apples are available at local farmer’s markets (like the Good Food Market!) and in grocery stores (can be identified by the Foodland Ontario label/sticker)
– Crispin (October to April) and McIntosh apples can be used for baking and are generally all-purpose
– Spartan apples (October – April) are great for making sauce or pie filling
– Gala (early September – February) and Fuji (mid-late October – early February) are good for use in salads
Makes 8 servings
– 2 ½ lbs (or 5-6 medium sized) baking/all-purpose apples (such as McIntosh, Crispin, Golden Delicious) peeled and sliced ¼ inch thick
– 2 to 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
– ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
– ¼ teaspoon fine salt
– ½ cup brown sugar
– ½ cup uncooked rolled oats
– 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
– 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (or vegan margarine to make vegan), cut into small pieces, plus more for coating the dish
1. Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Lightly coat an 8-by-8-inch baking dish with butter.
2. Combine the apples, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon of the salt in a large bowl and toss to coat. Place the apple mixture in the prepared baking dish and set aside.
3. Using the same bowl as for mixing the apples, mix together the brown sugar, oats, flour, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt until evenly combined. With your fingertips, blend in the butter pieces until small clumps form and the butter is well incorporated, about 2 minutes.
4. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the apples and bake until crispy and the apples are tender, about 50 to 60 minutes. Let cool on a rack at least 30 minutes before serving.