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The Best Apple Crisp

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Ingredients

5 cups sliced tart apples
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
2 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup coarsely chopped toasted pecans
1 1/4 cups melted butter

The Best Apple Crisp

  • Serves 8
  • Easy

About This Recipe

Apple Crisp is a traditional recipe for fall, and I think it’s perfect for a first day of school treat. This old-fashioned recipe for The Best Apple Crisp has been in my family for years. My mom got it from her seventh-grade Home Economics teacher. We always had it for an after-school snack on the first day.

The recipe is rich with brown sugar, which I prefer to granulated sugar when cooking with apples because it has more of a caramel taste. The brown sugar combines with butter and oats to make a rich candy-like topping on tender and tart apples. The sweet and tart flavor combination is out of this world, and the texture is perfect too.

I did make one change to the recipe – I added chopped toasted pecans, just for the extra delicious crunch. You could also try chopped walnuts or even cashews. Just make sure you toast them for a few minutes in a dry saucepan over medium heat so they stand up to the candy-like topping.

Serve this fabulous recipe warm, with caramel or vanilla ice cream on top.

Tips for The Best Apple Crisp:

  • Use tart apples for a good flavor contrast. I think the best tart apples are Granny Smith. They also take longer to turn brown, which makes for a better appearance.
  • You could use other tart apples, such as McIntosh, Jonathan, and Cortland.
  • The dish is piled pretty high in this recipe, which is necessary because the apples cook down and lose quite a bit of volume as the apple crisp bakes.

Why this recipe works:

  • The tart apples and sweet crumbly, dense, and candy-like topping combine for a fabulous taste treat.
  • Serving the apple crisp warm with ice cream melting into it adds another layer of contrast in flavor, texture, and temperature.

 

Steps

1
Done

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 13-inch by 9-inch glass baking dish with nonstick baking spray containing flour.

2
Done

Place the apples in the baking dish and drizzle with the lemon juice; toss to coat. In a small bowl combine the granulated sugar, 1/4 cup flour, and cinnamon. Sprinkle over the apples and toss again.

3
Done

In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, 1 1/2 cups flour, the oats, and pecans, and mix. Add the butter and mix until crumbly. Sprinkle this mixture over the apples.

4
Done

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until the apples are tender and the topping is browned and crisp. Let cool for 30 minutes before serving.

lindaBest

Linda is a bestselling cookbook author and home economist who has written 50 books (49 cookbooks and Medical Ethics for Dummies) since 2005. She has worked for Pillsbury since 1988, on the Bake-Off and other projects. Linda has been a web presence since 2002, developing recipes and teaching people how to cook.

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