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This easy Apple Crisp recipe is a delicious fruit dessert – it’s your answer for what to do with all those freshly picked apples from the orchard! This recipe is quick to make and uses simple ingredients and instructions so it’s a perfect beginner baker recipe. It’s one of those classic fall desserts we always make!
How to Make Apple Crisp
Prepare the crisp topping
- Start the the oats, flour, sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl.
- Mix them together until well combined.
- Dice up the cold butter into small cubes and rub them into the oat crumble streusel mixture.
Layer the apples & crisp
- Peel the apples if you prefer and cut them into large chunks.
- Toss the apples with lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon.
- Add the streusel mixture on top of the prepared apples.
- Bake in the oven until the apples start to bubble and the crisp topping is golden brown.
When it comes out of the oven, you’ll smell a warm cinnamony sweetness that is so cozy, comforting and calling your name! Scoop out a nice big helping of the apple crisp, and serve it a la mode.
Tips to Make Easy Apple Crisp
- Pick a mix of apples: For best flavor, you can combine sweet and tart apples. If they’re all sweet, the easy apple crisp will lend itself to an overly sweet apple crisp. And if you only use tart apples, you may need to add sugar to cut through the tartness. The combination of different apples will give the perfect flavor balance. Some good varieties include Honeycrisp, Fiji, Gala apples, Green Apples or Golden Delicious.
- Peel the apples for smoother consistency. You don’t have to peel the apples if you like the texture that the skin provides. But normally, the skin doesn’t break down as easily, which can create a tougher texture.
- Keep apple pieces small: Chop up the apples small because it helps them cook faster, and ensures that they are super soft by the time the crumble is browned.
- Allow time to cool: Easier said than done! But this is very important because it will give the sauce made from the juicy apple filling a chance to thicken, and the flavors to settle.
Frequently Asked Questions
Crisps and crumbles are similar – they are both baked fruit desserts with a topping. The topping of a crumble is denser and more cakey, where as a crisp is thinner and, well, crispier! The topping of a crisp also contains oats.
This apple crisp keeps well in the fridge for 3 to 4 days in an airtight container. It is also freezable, simply let the crisp cool and then cover it with foil and pop in the freezer where it will keep for around 3 months.
This is up to you! You can leave the skin on or peel the skin if you and your family prefer it that way. The consistency of the peeled apples is softer and the result is more consistent and smooth.
For more apple desserts:
- Rose Apple Pie
- Easy Apple Pie
- Cinnamon Baked Apples
- Cranberry Apple Mini Pies
- Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cups
This is one of the best fall desserts that you can easily whip up when you have extra apples on hand, people coming over and craving a cozy dessert when it starts getting cold outside. The great thing about it is it’s reminiscent of homemade apple pie with all the same flavors. But it’s a little healthier than apple pie and much easier to make
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Easy Apple Crisp
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease an 8-inch square baking dish or 7-inch x 11-inch baking dish.
- Place the apples into the greased baking dish; add the sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon on top, stir and set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, pecans, cinnamon and salt. Cut in butter using a fork or your hands until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the crisp topping mixture over the apple mixture.
- Bake until the crisp topping is golden brown and the filling is bubbly, about 35-40 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes. Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream, if desired.
- For the flour, you can use almond flour, gluten-free flour or even all purpose flour. I love using oat flour to keep it gluten-free and light.
- For the butter, you can use a vegan butter stick or coconut oil
- For the pecans, you can leave those out completely as I’ve done in the images or use walnuts or almonds
Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.