Best Ever Apple Crisp

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The Best Ever Apple Crisp that you’ll make to be the apple of everyone’s eye! This is my best ever apple crisp recipe. It has the same ingredients as a regular apple crisp recipe – sugar, butter, flour, oats and apples – but in different amounts. This recipe is absolutely the BEST ever apple crisp! The apples and topping are out of this world. You won’t believe it after your first bite.

Unforgettable Apple Crisp

Best Ever Apple Crisp
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Desert made easy!

Apple Crisp is a legendary home cooked dessert. The good news is, you don’t have to be able to craft a beautiful, flakey pie crust, or bake it exactly like grandma did. This apple desert (or breakfast on a special occasion) is super simple, fast and easy to make.

It is also an adaptable recipe to alter to suit your tastebuds. Select your apple depending on your palette – do you prefer sweet, dry? Bake your favorite variety into the dish.

Modify to suit your dietary needs

You can also reduce the amount of sugar you use to make this treat a little more healthy. When eating for breakfast, try serving with organic greek yogurt and fresh berries.

If you’re looking to indulge with a night of sweets, go for the ultimate pairing – apple pie and vanilla ice cream. 

Fun tip: Try a spiral apple corer – it speeds things up and the kids love to help out! 

Let’s get started…

Ingredients:

  • 10 cups local apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
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Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degree C).
  • Place the sliced apples in a 9×13 inch pan. Mix the white sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and ground cinnamon together, and sprinkle over apples. Pour water evenly over all.
  • Combine the oats, 1 cup flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and melted butter together. Crumble evenly over the apple mixture.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 45 minutes.
  • Serve warm with a dollop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream
  • Enjoy!

Caramel Apple Crisp with Cinnamon Ice Cream

Make my warm and toasty Caramel Apple Crisp recipe topped with a special flavor of my Homemade Caramel Ice Cream.

Caramel Apple Crisp - Just like Mum used to make.

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Hi Bold Bakers!

Baking is sometimes all about comfort food and that’s exactly what my Caramel Apple Crisp recipe is all about. You can make my Caramel Apple Crisp anytime with gorgeous fall flavors and warm, toasty ingredients. This Apple Crisps recipe is simple to make but you can take it over-the-top with the additional caramel and Cinnamon Ice Cream.

Caramel Apple Crisp with Cinnamon Ice Cream (No Machine)

Make my warm and toasty Caramel Apple Crisp recipe topped with a special flavor of my Homemade Caramel Ice Cream.Make my warm and toasty Caramel Apple Crisp recipe topped with a special flavor of my Homemade Caramel Ice Cream.

Ingredients

  • Apple Crisp
  • 1/2 cup (60g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (85g) packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ( 30g) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoons chopped almonds ( or pecans, walnuts etc)
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal (fine)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (60g) chilled butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (vanilla pod optional)
  • 1 pound fresh Granny smith apples (or whatever apples you use for cooking)

Instructions

  • Combine flour, brown sugar, oats, almonds, cornmeal, salt and cinnamon in the bowl of a food processor;. Add butter,pulse 5 times or until the mixture resembles coarse meal. around 10 seconds.
  • Place it in the fridge until you need it. (It can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge)
  • Peel and chop your apples into small pieces. Small pieces cook down much better.
  • Toss the chopped apples in the cornstarch, brown sugar and vanilla extract.
  • In an 8 inch baking dish (or small individual dishes) Add in your apples mix
  • Pile high because the apples cook down.
  • Generously sprinkle over the crisp topping. More is better 🙂
  • Bake at 375oF (190oC) for 30/35 minutes or until bubbly and topping is golden brown

The Best Apple Crisp Recipe [+ Video]

We’ve tried a lot of recipes out there but this is hands down the best apple crisp recipe we’ve found and it can totally be made ahead or frozen.

We've tried a lot of recipes out there but this is hands down the best apple crisp recipe we've found and it can totally be made ahead or frozen.
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Creating This Apple Crisp Recipe

There are probably 5 million recipes out there for apple crisp and this is certainly the season for all of those recipes to be all over Pinterest. Maybe we are a tad crazy to be posting this, but I happen to absolutely love hot apple crisp with a scoop of creamy, melty vanilla ice cream. Cade likes to drizzle a little caramel sauce or dulce de leche over the top of his ice cream but I’m a classics girl so I like it just how I grew up with it. 

My family loved crisps and cobblers growing up almost as much as we loved our musicals. Oh how we loved our musicals. A little bit ago I made Cade watch a whole stack with me over a month’s time. It was awesome, and a little disappointing. In fact, I’ve got Oklahoma! playing on Pandora as I type. 

I have to admit though, I never realized how awful some of them were as a kid. What’s up with Big Jud? Creepy, right? And the men in My Fair Lady are such jerks. They are total chauvinists, and again I had no idea when I was younger. Times are sure different but I still love my musicals, South Pacific,

Tell me you love them too. What’s your favorite? If you haven’t watched any, well you better get on that or I’m going to be knocking at your door. Seriously. And while you watch them make this homemade apple crisp.

The apples are coated in a heavy cream and flour mixture to make them all saucy and caramel-y (no, that’s not a word but go with it) and then the topping is like a giant, cinnamon oatmeal cookie. It’s wonderful — this is seriously the BEST apple crisp recipe. 

We've tried a lot of recipes out there but this is hands down the best apple crisp recipe we've found and it can totally be made ahead or frozen.
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Homemade Apple Crisp Ingredients

This apple crisp has two main parts: the apple filling and the crisp topping. For the filling, you’ll need apples, butter, flour, lemon juice, heavy cream, vanilla, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. 

For the crisp topping, you’ll need flour, old-fashioned oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and unsalted butter. We didn’t want to deviate too far from the classic apple crisp recipe, because why mess with a good thing, right? 

What Are the Best Apples for Apple Crisp?

When choosing apples for this easy apple crisp, you want an apple that holds its structure when cooked so you don’t end up with mush. Granny Smith, Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Braeburn, and Pink Lady are all excellent apples for baking. You could even use a blend of baking apples for a more unique flavor, if desired. 

How to Make Apple Crisp

This homemade apple crisp couldn’t be easier to make! You’ll first make the apple filling, then transfer it to a greased baking dish. Then, you’ll make the apple crisp topping. To make the topping, you’ll need to cut the butter into the rest of the ingredients. You can use a pastry cutter or the back of a fork to do this. 

Top the apples with the crisp topping and bake until golden brown and bubbling around the edges. You’ll need to wait 10 to 15 minutes before serving the apple crisp since it’s molten hot when it’s first taken out of the oven. If you have some on hand, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to your apple crisp! 

How to Reheat Apple Crisp

You can easily reheat apple crisp in the oven. Simply place the leftovers in the oven at 350ºF for 15 minutes.

Or, you can reheat apple crisp in the microwave. Microwave single servings for 30-40 seconds at a time until warmed through.

How to Freeze Apple Crisp

To freeze apple crisp, prepare as directed, then let it cool completely. Cover it with a double layer of foil and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, thaw overnight in the fridge and then warm in a 350ºF oven.

Can I Double This Apple Crisp Recipe? 

Most likely, yes! You’ll need to bake it in a 9×13-inch pan if you double the recipe, but the bake time should be about the same. 

Tips for Making Apple Crisp

You’ll want to peel and slice the apples quite thinly when making the filling. If the apples are sliced too thickly, they won’t break down very much while they bake and your filling won’t become jammy. But if you slice them too thinly, they’ll turn to mush in the oven. Just use your best judgement here! 

After you’ve made this easy apple crisp once as written, feel free to play around with the spices a bit. If you prefer more cinnamon, add more in. You could even add in other warming spices, like cloves and ginger. 

Also note that your butter should be cold when you cut it into the topping mixture. If the butter is too warm, the crisp topping with be more like mush and it won’t sprinkle easily over the apple filling.  

The Best Apple Crisp Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings: 6 servings

We’ve tried a lot of recipes out there but this is hands down the best apple crisp recipe we’ve found and it can totally be made ahead or frozen.

Ingredients

For the Apples

  • 4-5 large Honeycrisp or Gala Apples peeled and sliced thin
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter melted
  • 4 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 4 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon White Sugar
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • Dash of salt

For the Topping

  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 1/2 Cups Old Fashioned Oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • Dash of Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Unsalted Butter cut into small cubes*

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 375 and spray an 8×9″ baking dish with nonstick spray.

For the Apples

  • Place the melted butter in a large bowl, and whisk in the flour, lemon juice, heavy cream, and vanilla until smooth.
  • Add the sugars and seasonings and whisk again until smooth.
  • Add the apples and gently fold to coat entirely.
  • Spread the apples in the bottom of a baking dish and set aside.

For the Topping

  • In a large bowl, add the flour, seasonings and oatmeal.
  • Stir everything together.
  • Add the butter cubes and using a pastry cutter begin to cut in the butter. As the butter begins to be incorporated into the mixture, switch to using your hands and squeeze and mix everything together until it is like a very thick dough and no flour remains. We like clumps so I squeeze together little clots of dough to sprinkle over the top.
  • Top the apples with the mixture and bake for 18-20 minutes or until lightly golden in color.
  • Cool for 5-10 minutes and serve with vanilla ice cream.

Notes

*Note that your butter should be cold when you cut it into the topping mixture. If the butter is too warm, the crisp topping with be more like mush and it won’t sprinkle easily over the apple filling.  

this apple crisp can be prepared and frozen to bake later, or baked and frozen for up to 3 months.

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