Apple Crisp

Perhaps there is nothing more all American than apple pie. When it comes to making pie dough, however, let’s face it, I can be a little bit lazy. There are certainly days where I make it, but there are also many other days where I just don’t feel like it. The perfect solution? Make an apple crisp instead. (And secretly, let’s be perfectly honest, an apple crisp is just better!) Here I took roughly four pounds of Granny Smith apples (cored, peeled, and sliced) and tossed them with the zest and juice of one lemon and one orange. I then added sugar (to taste… usually around 1/2 cup), a healthy dash of cinnamon, a generous grating of fresh nutmeg, a pinch of allspice, a pinch of salt, and as much flour as it looks like it will need to form that delicious goo (usually about 1/3 cup). After a thorough mixing, I divide the apples into individual buttered ramekins, and top it with my go-to crisp topping (1 1/2 cups flour, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup light brown sugar, a pinch of salt, 1 cup of oatmeal, a dash of cinnamon, and two sticks of softened butter, incorporated with a pastry blender, stand mixer, or by hand into the other ingredients until they are nice and crumbly). I bake the crisps in a 350º oven for about an hour, or until the tops are nice and golden brown, and the juices are bubbling. (Click here for more tips and variations) Is there anything more comforting than being enveloped in the sweet, spicy smell of baking apple crisps? I doubt it. I can’t imagine any occasion that wouldn’t be enhanced by these crisps. They are a real comfort food classic. Serve them up with a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream, and you will have them all begging for more. Enjoy!

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18 responses to “Apple Crisp

  1. I haven’t seen an apple crisp look that good in a LONG time. My mom told me last night that we need to use the apples up b/c they are losing their “crisp” (her words, not mine). This is so happening.

  2. Holy moly! These look wonderful! I love desserts like this that come in small individual portions (I don’t really know why… but I do :-))

    Great post!

  3. Look at that gooey perfection. I think I can smell the spices:)

  4. Yum! Strawberries may be my favorite fruit but apple crisp is up there with one of my top favorite desserts. I’m not much for pie crust so crisps always rate in my book.

    However I did have a crust at the Wed market today that was delish.

  5. What a perfect crisp – this is perfect with ice cream!

  6. Oh, the crumb topping looks like divine. I just want to dive into that!

  7. Oh my, this apple crisp looks awesome and simple!

  8. That apple crisp looks so good! Two scoops of vanilla ice cream please!

  9. Yum! And I agree, crisps can be so much easier than pies, but equally delicious :)

  10. What an awesome idea to cook them up in their own ramekins! I bet my kids would love that. Thanks for the idea!

  11. love how you made these apple crisp one of my favorite desserts and love it because with these I can have my own

  12. Yummy, I have some Granny Smith apples that need used up too : ))

  13. Looks SO good. I love fruit crisps, mostly because I’m not a fan of pastry. Yum!

  14. Malin

    I feel the exact same way! I love a good pie, but luckily for us lazy ones, nothing beats that crumble topping! ;) And yours look gorgeous!

  15. Holly Choy

    Second time making this recipe and it rocks! Best ever.

  16. Sonya

    This is THE best Apple Crisp ever!…soooo yummy!!!

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