For this easy, no-bake apple crisp I did an actual side by side comparison between the real cinnamon and cassia. The difference was very apparent and for me cinnamon won hands down.
Despite the modest amounts I used cassia was overpowering (as I think it always is) and one-dimensional. The real cinnamon added complexity while still letting the other flavors come through. Anyway, it’s an easy recipe for a quick but delicious dessert and you won’t even need to fire up the oven!
- 2 tablespoons + ½ tablespoon unsalted butter
- 3 cups ½-inch chunks of peeled apples (about 4 apples; Gala work well)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
- 1½ teaspoons sesame seeds
- whipped cream and/or vanilla ice cream (optional)
- Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet.
- Add the apples, cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of dark brown sugar. Stir until well combined.
- Put the lid on and let the apples cook on medium to medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until they are soft but still have their structure (about 7 minutes).
- In a bowl, combine remaining sugar, oats, nuts and sesame seeds. Mix well.
- In a small, non-stick pan melt the remaining butter, then add the walnut mix and brown for a few minutes until crunchy. (Do this on relatively low heat and watch closely, it will burn easily).
- Serve apples in a bowl and sprinkle the topping on.
- Top with ice cream or whipped cream (optional).