Maple Apple Crisp

8 tart-sweet baking apples, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch wedges
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup butter or margarine, cut into bits
3 tablespoons wheat germ
1/2 cup rolled oats

Preheat oven to 375F. Grease 9 x 13 inch baking dish with butter of margarine (or spray generously with Pam). Toss apples, syrup, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon in baking dish. Sprinkle walnuts over apples and set aside. In medium bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and butter. Pinch and rub between fingers until mixture is well blended to consistency of very coarse meal. Add wheat germ and rolled oats and mix well. Pinch off bits and scatter over apples. Bake 45 minutes or until apples are tender and topping brown and crisp, Serve warm with vanilla ice cream, or alone.

Servings: 8-12

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana