Sweet apples mixed with a hint of cinnamon and sugar, then topped with a crunchy oat and brown sugar crumble. Perfection in a dish!
Apple crisp is one of the easiest and tastiest desserts you can make! It tastes similar to apple pie but without the work of making the pie crust. Sliced sweet apples are mixed with some sugar, a couple tablespoons for flour and cinnamon. A generous crumble topping of oats, flour, brown sugar and butter is then sprinkled over top. Baked for 30 minutes until the apples are tender and the topping is crisp and crunchy. Serve with some vanilla ice cream and really dessert can’t get much better!
Typically apple crisps are made with a combination of tart and sweet apples. This adds to the taste and texture of the crisp. Here are some good apples for baking. Cortlands are juicy and slightly tart. Empires are a firm-textured and slightly tart apple. Granny Smiths are crisp and quite tart, and should be used along with a sweeter apple. McIntosh are a sweet, juicy, crisp apple that tend to break down when cooked. Any combination of these apples makes a delicious apple crisp.
Don’t feel like you need to make a special trip to the grocery store for the apples though, what you have at home will be fine. I use all McIntosh in my crisp because this is the kind of apple we always have at home. I just use an extra apple or two since they do bake down and I like to have lots of apple filling. 🙂
Preheat your oven to 350F.
Peel and slice apples and place in a large bowl. Add sugar, flour and cinnamon. Toss to coat the apples. The flour helps thicken the juices from the apples into a nice sauce. Pour the apples into an 8 inch square baking dish.
To make the crumble topping, combine the flour, oats and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Add the butter and using a pastry cutter mix until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the topping over the apples.
- 4-5 apples of your choice, peeled
- 1-2 tablespoons flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup brown sugar, not packed
- 1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces
- Vanilla ice cream, for serving if desired
- Preheat your oven to 350F.
- Peel and slice apples and place in a large bowl. Add sugar, flour and cinnamon. Toss to coat the apples. The flour helps thicken the juices from the apples into a nice sauce. Pour the apples into an 8 inch square baking dish.
- Combine the flour, oats and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Add the butter and using a pastry cutter mix until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the topping over the apples.
- Bake for 30 - 40 minutes or until the topping is brown and crispy. Remove from the oven and allow to cool at least 10 minutes before serving.
- Serve with vanilla ice cream.
- If you want a lighter apple crisp, you can omit the sugar and flour from the apples. You might want to use a sweeter apple in place of the tart ones if you do reduce the sugar in the filling.