Apple Cheddar Crisp

Yield: 6-8 servings.

4-5 medium-size baking apples (about 4-5 cups)
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon flour
⅔ cup light brown sugar
3 cups crumbled cheddar cheese, divided
2 cups granola
¾ cup butter, softened

1. Preheat oven to 400º. Quarter and core (but do not peel) apples. Cut pieces into very thin slices. Toss with spice, salt, flour, sugar, and 2 cups of cheese.

2. In a small bowl, mix granola and butter with fingers until crumbly. Place apple mixture into a greased 9 x 9-inch baking dish. Bake for about 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 325º, and scatter granola crumbles over the apples.

3. Continue baking for another 10-15 minutes until apples are tender and topping has browned. Remove from oven. Top with remaining cup of cheese, and let stand until melted. Serve warm.

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Wendy Perry is a recipe developer, personal chef, and Franklin County native.