Apple Blueberry Crisp

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Apple Blueberry Crisp is a quick and easy dessert recipe. This dessert consists of a wonderful crumble topping consisting of butter, oats, flour and sugar. A great breakfast or snack too! Apple Blueberry Crisp can be made as easy or as complicated as you’d like. Apple Blueberry Crisp is a great fall dessert that is both tasty and easy to prepare.

Apple-Blueberry Crisp

Underneath the spiced oat topping of this crisp is a double-fruit filling: tender apples and sweet-tart blueberries.

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Apple-Blueberry Crisp
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Recipe Summary

Yield:

Serves 8 to 10

Ingredients

Ingredient Checklist

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces, plus more for baking dish
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup plus 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon mace
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 3 pounds apples (about 8), peeled, cored, and cut into thin wedges
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, for serving (optional)

Directions

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  • Step 1Preheat oven to 375 degrees, with a rack in the lower third. Butter a 3-quart baking dish, and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet; set aside.
  • Step 2In a large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, cinnamon, mace, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until large clumps form. Using a rubber spatula, mix in oats. Set aside.
  • Step 3In a large bowl, toss together blueberries, apples, lemon juice, remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar, flour, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt to combine. Pour the blueberry and apple mixture into the prepared baking dish; sprinkle with reserved oat mixture, covering fruit evenly. Bake until juices are bubbling and the topping is evenly browned, about 50 minutes. Cool slightly on a wire rack. Serve crisp warm, topped with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, if desired.

Cook’s Notes

This recipe appears in “Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook.”

Apple Blueberry Crisp

Calories250
Total Fat9g14%
Saturated Fat4g20%
Cholesterol15mg5%
Sodium0mg0%
Potassium159mg5%
Dietary Fiber4g16%
Sugars24g
Protein3g6%
Vitamin A51mcg
Vitamin C4mg7%
Calcium23mg2%
Iron1mg6%
Vitamin D0mcg
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1⁄2 cup flour, divided
  • 1⁄2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut in small pieces
  • 1⁄4 cup pecans or walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 bag (12 to 16 ounces) frozen blueberries
  • 4 cups peeled and cubed apples or pears

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F
  2. Lightly grease a 2-quart baking dish
  3. To prepare the topping: in a medium-sized bowl, combine oats, ¼ cup of the flour, ¼ cup of the sugar and the cinnamon
  4. Add butter
  5. Between fingers rub butter with dry ingredients to form coarse crumbs, stir in pecans
  6. In a large bowl, toss blueberries and apples with the remaining ¼ cup sugar and ¼ cup flour
  7. Pour blueberry-apple mixture into prepared baking dish
  8. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the fruit
  9. Bake until apples are tender and topping is golden, about 50 minutes
  10. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt, if desired

Variations

* Alternatively, combine dry ingredients and butter in a food processor container Pulse to form coarse crumbs

About This Recipe

Crumbly whole oats, toasted nuts and cinnamon-laced sugar collide with fragrant, bubbling fruit in this Apple Blueberry Crisp. Served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, this melt-in-your-mouth dessert will beckon everyone to the table for a taste. Follow these simple steps when you’re ready to bake a mind-blowing Apple Blueberry Crisp.

Apple Blueberry Crisp

Classic fruit crisps are easy to make and so delicious. Try apple blueberry crisp! The sweet tart combination of apples and berries makes an outstanding dessert.

Recipe Overview

Why you’ll love it: Fruit crisps are versatile and no fuss. Many fruits can be turned into a crisp, fresh or frozen.

How long it takes: 15 minutes to prep, and 50 minutes in the oven
Equipment you’ll need: baking dish, large bowl, oven
Servings: 6

Apple Blueberry Crisp

Apple crisp is one of my favorite desserts. My grandma always used to make it for my birthday (that and pot roast!). There’s just something about the warm apples and crunchy cinnamon topping that makes me feel happy all over. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream that slowly melts into the warm crisp, and you’ve pretty much described bliss.

Today, I’m bringing you apple crisp dessert with a little riff. I’ve added blueberries to the mix. Blueberries add a bit of tartness, gorgeous color, and a fair bit of healthy nutrition as well. Blueberries boast a high level of antioxidants (flavonoids) and fiber but they are low in calories. They have many health benefits

So enjoy! If you’re not a fan of blueberries, be sure to try my apple crisp with ginger or one of the other ideas listed below.

About This Apple Blueberry Crisp

This is a basic fruit crisp recipe that is easily adaptable. I’ve been making it for years. Apples and blueberries are good friends and make a really scrumptious crisp but feel free to use whatever combination of fruit you have. Fresh or frozen, it doesn’t matter. Other suggestions are peaches, cherries, raspberries, blackberries, or plums.

This recipe can be made in a 8 or 9 inch square baking dish, or whatever you have that’s comparable, whether it’s square, rectangular, oval, or even a round pie dish. It’s fun to bake and serve in a cast iron skillet too. If you happen to have one of those darling small skillets that serve two, cut the recipe in half.

3 Cast iron pans product image on white background

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Cast Iron Skillets

Looking for a fun way to bake and serve your crisp? Besides being attractive, a cast iron skillet will keep the crisp warm until you’re ready to serve it. They are handy for warm appetizers, too, such as this Mexican spinach dip.

I’ll get you started on baking your crisp and give you lots of helpful tips. As always, look for the printable recipe card near the end of the post for complete instructions, measurements, and nutrition information.

What You’ll Need

  • Apples: You’ll need about four small apples. Take a look at the FAQ section for information about which type of apple to use. Peel the apples, cut them into quarters, remove the core, and slice the quarters into thin slices.
  • Blueberries: Either fresh or frozen blueberries work fine in a crisp. It isn’t necessary (or desirable) to thaw the berries first if they are frozen.
  • All-Purpose Flour: Flour is used to thicken the fruit mixture and as an ingredient in the topping.
  • Granulated White Sugar: Just a small amount of white sugar is mixed in with the fruit. Most of the sweetness in this dessert is found in the topping, and of course, the natural sugars in the fruit.
  • Brown Sugar: Either dark or light brown sugar is fine. Brown sugar gives almost a caramel flavor to the topping. Be sure you pack the brown sugar firmly into the measuring cup for an accurate measurement.
  • Butter: Always use unsalted butter for baking, unless directed otherwise. The butter should be at room temperature so it is soft enough to blend in.
  • Oats: Rolled oats are essential to crisps. Choose old-fashioned or quick oats. Steel cut oats or instant oatmeal won’t work.
  • Nutmeg and Cinnamon: This spice duo is perfectly suited for baked fruit desserts. They add a sweet, warm flavor that is incomparable. Try buying whole nutmeg and grate it with a fine grater. The taste is much more potent than ground nutmeg.
Ingredients needed in separate bowls, including apples and blueberries.
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How To Make Fruit Crisps

Go ahead and get the oven preheating. It won’t take you long to get the crisp ready to bake. Find the baking dish you want to use and give it a light misting of nonstick spray.

In a large bowl, lightly toss the apples and blueberries with a couple tablespoons each of flour and sugar. Pile the fruit in the prepared baking dish, arranging it so it’s fairly even. If you notice that the blueberries are congregating in one corner, make sure you divvy them up a bit.

Fruit in baking dish, uncooked.
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In the same bowl you used for the fruit, combine the topping ingredients: flour, brown sugar, oats, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add the softened butter, and cut it into the dry ingredients. You can use a pastry cutter, a fork, your fingers, or a food processor to do this. The mixture should be pretty well combined and will be chunky. If you press a bit between your fingers, it should clump together.

Sprinkle the topping evenly on top of the fruit. If you like large clumps of crispy topping, press some of it between your fingers to form chunks.

Unbaked apple crisp.
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Bake the crisp for about 50 minutes. Crisps aren’t overly fussy about cooking time. It’s pretty difficult to overbake a crisp and in fact, it’s better to overbake it than underbake it. If you happen to have something else in the oven that needs to cook at a lower temperature, the crisp will be fine. You’ll just have to bake it a bit longer.

Cooked apple blueberry crisp.
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How Can You Tell When A Crisp Is Done?

The top should be golden brown and firm and you should be seeing fruit juices bubbling up here and there throughout the topping.

What Should You Serve With A Fruit Crisp?

Serve apple blueberry crisp warm, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. A dollop of plain or sweetened yogurt is really good, too, or even a dab of sour cream.

FAQs

What is the best apple for a crisp?

That’s a great question. Not all apples are created equal. Some are better for eating fresh; some make great applesauce. There are lots of varieties that are good for baking but here’s a short list to choose from: Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, Braeburn, Granny Smith, or Cortland. These apples will get soft and juicy but retain their shape when baked.
That being said, if you have a favorite apple, feel free to use it! There are lots of differing opinions on baking apples although it seems there is universal disapproval of Red Delicious (and I agree), so I would stay away from that one.

Why does my apple crisp get watery?

Crisps are naturally somewhat juicy. It’s just what happens when you bake a bunch of juicy fruit together. They are always best served warm the same day you bake them. The juices tend to seep out after a day or two.
There are a couple of tricks to avoid a watery crisp. Tossing the fruit with a bit of all-purpose flour before adding the topping is very helpful. The flour helps to thicken the fruit juice making it more syrupy and less watery.
Make sure you bake the crisp long enough. You should see juices bubbling up from the center. The fruit juice thickens as it boils.
Choosing the right variety of apples is important too. Some varieties are contain more water and are better suited to eat fresh.

How do you keep apple crisp topping crispy?

Truly, apple crisps are best eaten the same day they are baked and are especially good warm out of the oven. As time goes on, the topping tends to absorb the fruit juices and get softer.
If you want to store the crisp, be sure to cool it completely before covering. Any residual heat will turn to steam under cover and that will make the topping soggy.
As a side note, I’ve found that recipes for crumbles tend to retain their crispness just a bit longer.

Crisp, Crumble, Or Cobbler?

Do all baked fruit desserts begin with the letter “C”?! You may be wondering how they differ from each other. It’s all in the topping; the fruit base is very similar. Crisps usually contain oats in the topping. Crumbles are more streusel-like, with more flour but no oats. Either may have added nuts such as pecans or walnuts. Cobblers have a biscuit-like topping.

Make It Your Own

  • Not a fan of blueberries? Make your crisp with all apples. Or, instead of blueberries, substitute tart cherries, raspberries, or strawberries. In fact, feel free to mix and match the fruit. Plums, pears, peaches, or nectarines are good substitutions for the apples. Frozen fruit is perfectly acceptable.
  • Add nuts to the topping, if you like. Pecans or walnuts are good choices.
  • Expecting a big crowd? Use a large baking dish and double the recipe. Baking time will need to be increased.
  • If you really love the crisp topping, it’s okay to make a batch and a half or even a double batch of the topping mixture and really pile it on. I often do that!
  • Dress up your apple blueberry crisp with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of homemade caramel sauce (or bourbon caramel sauce!).
  • Have a lot of blueberries? Try blueberry cream cheese filled muffins or no-bake fresh blueberry pie! Blueberry bread pudding is always a hit and it’s a good way to use up day old bread.
Crisp half gone to show texture.
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Make-Ahead Ideas

Crisps are one of my favorite desserts for more than one reason. One great aspect of fruit crisps is that they can be made a day in advance, and refrigerated unbaked. (Don’t worry if the apples discolor a bit. That’s normal and will not affect the end product at all. If you like, add a squeeze of lemon juice to the fruit mixture to prevent oxidization but the apples won’t be brown after they’re baked.)

As a matter of fact, unbaked fruit crisps can also be frozen. Double wrap in foil, label, and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before baking.

To bake, simply take the dish out of the refrigerator for a half hour while the oven preheats, uncover it, and bake as directed.

Storage & Reheating Tips

Baked apple crisp is best eaten the first day. If you have leftover crisp, it can be stored at room temperature for a day or two, or refrigerated for up to three days. Be sure the crisp is totally cooled off before covering it with plastic wrap or foil.

Leftover apple crisp can be eaten at room temperature or lightly reheated.

To reheat, single portions can be warmed in the microwave. Be careful, because apple crisp seems to heat quickly. Use 50% power and heat in 15 second increments. For a larger amount of leftover apple crisp, heat in a 325°F oven until it’s warm.

Leftover Love

Make an apple blueberry crisp breakfast bowl! Top leftover crisp with a big dollop of plain Greek yogurt. It’s one of my favorite breakfasts. With lots of fruit and oats, and the added yogurt, it’s a fairly healthy way to start your day. Quite a lot of sugar but hey, not more than a lot of breakfast cereals or pancakes with syrup.

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