This apple crisp is one of those classic recipes that I often make up as I go along! Sometimes I mix in oatmeal, sometimes just flour, and then again I’ll mix both. I think the secret to a great apple crisp is the apples and how you prepare them and also the crunchy sweet topping that is full of butter, brown sugar and other earthly delights!
I like to prepare the apples just like I was getting ready to bake an apple pie. My post Mom’s Apple Pie…. shows you what I mean. When you mix the varieties of apples, and the spices, like ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon, the result is amazing! And I always add a little lemon and lemon zest to bring out that sweet, juicy tartness.
My mother-in-law was a wonderful baker and this is her recipe. I would often drop in at my in-laws for dinner after work and there was almost always a home baked dessert. As soon as I walked in the door, I knew apple crisp was on that night’s menu! The delicious smells of baked apple, brown sugar and spices created such a wonderfully warm and comforting atmosphere. Home.
A generous square of this sweet dessert, topped with a scoop of ice cream, well you just can’t beat it. And with fall just around the corner, farmer’s markets, local food stands and grocers will be displaying fresh fall apples.
I’ll be making a trip to the country to get those early fall apples, McIntosh, Braeburns, Granny Smiths, and Melbas to name a few. They are so beautiful and smell so good when they are freshly picked. My favorite apple is a McIntosh, and I often blend Granny Smiths with them for baking.
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- ½ c white sugar
- ½ c brown sugar
- 1 tbsp. flour
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- ¼ c Butter
- ½ fresh lemon squeezed
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup coarse oatmeal
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Grease a 9" square baking dish
- Peel, core and thinly slice the apples like you would for a pie
- In a large mixing bowl, place the apples, sugars, flour, cinnamon and lemon
- Toss until the apples are well coated
- Place the apple mixture in the bottom of the baking dish spreading it evenly
- Cut the butter into small pieces about the size of a nickel and place them randomly over the top of the apple mixture
- Mix the topping ingredients together in a separate bowl and making sure the butter is spread and mixed well.
- The topping should clump together in your hand.
- Spread the topping thickly over the top of your apple mixture.
- Bake in the oven at 350F for 55 minutes or the best timing for your oven.
- Top with freshly whipped cream or ice cream and Enjoy!