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Best Apple Crisp

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Best Apple Crisp
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 50 min
  • Servings 6

Too busy for a pie? Take the no-fuss route and make an apple crisp instead. It packs all the flavorful punch of a pie, but with only 20 minutes of prep time necessary. The crunchy, buttery streusel topping and tender-baked apples create a crisp that we think is sublime on it’s own but would taste even better served warm with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. So when you have baskets and bushels of your favorite baking apple, the best place to turn to is this time-tested recipe, which has been approved by hundreds of home cooks. MORE+ LESS-

Updated July 12, 2019

Ingredients

4
medium tart cooking apples, sliced (4 cups)
3/4
cup packed brown sugar
1/2
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1/2
cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
1/3
cup butter, softened
3/4
teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4
teaspoon ground nutmeg
Cream or Ice cream, if desired

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°F. Grease bottom and sides of 8-inch square pan with shortening.
  • 2
    Spread apples in pan. In medium bowl, stir remaining ingredients except cream until well mixed; sprinkle over apples.
  • 3
    Bake about 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender when pierced with a fork. Serve warm with cream.

Expert Tips

  • No matter the name—crisp, crumble, or cobbler—any baked dessert filled with fresh fruit is defined by the topping. A crisp and crumble are close cousins, with their toppings of buttered flour or oats and sugar. A crisp is all about the oats that become browned and a little crunchy when baked.
  • Many sweet crumbly or streusel toppings include chopped nuts; walnut, pecans, or macadamia nuts are good choices and will toast during baking.
  • Dark brown sugar can be used if you want to bump up the caramel-like taste surrounding the fruit.
  • Choose crisp and tartly-sweet apples—Empire, Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, Braeburn, Cortland—they hold their shape and aren’t too juicy.
  • Get creative by adding your favorite dried spice, 1 tablespoon candied ginger, or 1/2 cup chewy dried fruits to add more layers of flavor and texture.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
320
Calories from Fat
100
% Daily Value
Total Fat
11g
17%
Saturated Fat
5g
26%
Trans Fat
1g
Cholesterol
25mg
9%
Sodium
80mg
3%
Potassium
230mg
7%
Total Carbohydrate
52g
17%
Dietary Fiber
3g
11%
Sugars
36g
Protein
2g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%
8%
Vitamin C
2%
2%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
8%
8%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 1 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Apple crisp is the carefree, easy-breezy cousin of apple pie. There’s no dough to chill or roll out, but the end result is just the same—a warm and fruity fall dessert that puts a smile on everyone’s face. The sweet-and-crunchy apple crisp topping makes it one of the most popular desserts ever, especially when apples are in season. Look for locally or regionally grown apples for your crisp, and seek out varieties of firm, tart apples that hold their shape when baked. Some perennial crisp maker’s favorites include Braeburn, Bramley, Gala, Cortland, Empire, Granny Smith, McIntosh and Northern Spy. Try an apple crisp recipe for a potluck or weeknight dinner, and you’ll be thrilled not only by how easy it is to make, but by how many compliments you receive. And don’t forgot the ice cream—it’s the serving suggestion that elevates any apple crisp from good to great. Once you’ve made this apple crisp recipe, you might be interested in trying even more of Betty’s best crisps and cobblers.

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