Apple Crisp

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November 16, 2021

I’d like to introduce you to Apple Pie’s baby cousin: Apple Crisp. They are definitely related! I like to say Apple Crisp is the “lighter calorie version” of apple pie. I know that’s pretty silly, but it works for me! Personally, I think I like the crisp a just a bit better than apple pie. Mainly because I like the texture of the crisp topping. Something about the crunch just works for me. Especially when the apple crisp is hot with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream…man oh man…that is some serious good eating! The crunch from the crisp against the ice cream and hot apples is heavenly.

Now, a word about apples. You can bake with any apples you find in the store, or better yet, at a farmer’s market. My favorite apples to bake with are Granny Smith apples. Granny Smith’s are firm and a little bit tart. Their firmness allows them to bake without becoming mushy; their tartness works beautifully with the sweetness from the brown sugar. Which brings me to my next point: brown sugar is best for this dessert. In the past I’ve always used a mixture of white and brown sugars when making apple pies and cobblers. Time has brought about a change. I’m not anti-white sugar in apple desserts, I’ve just come to the realization that brown sugar really does the best job of creating a luscious sweet syrup that surrounds the fruit.

Ok. I’ve talked enough. The recipe is below. When you make it be sure to post pictures and tag me #ChefLorious.

One more thing…this also works with peaches!!

A table topped with bowls of apple cobbler.

Apple Crisp


For the crumb topping…

  • ¾ c rolled oats
  • ½ cup butter cold, cut into cubes
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 1 T nutmeg
  • ½ t salt

For the apple filling…

  • 6 apples cut into bite sized pieces Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, whatever you like!
  • c brown sugar
  • 2 T cornstarch
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 1 T nutmeg
  • 1 T vanilla


For the crisp topping…

  • In a large bowl,combine all of the ingredients for the crisp topping.
  • Using your hands (or a pastry cutter), combine everything together until the butter is broken up and coated in the dry ingredients. Set aside.

For the apple filling…

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the apple filling.
  • Stir to combine and ensure all of the apples are coated with the sugar mixture.
  • Place the apple filling in a baking dish.
  • Top with the crumb topping and bake for 50 – 60 minutes until the apples can be pierced with a fork or toothpick, and the topping is golden brown.
  • Serve warm with vanilla ice cream!!


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