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Classic Apple Crisp

Deme Crinion3 Comments

Every fall I crave apple crisp.  And not just any apple crisp. 


apple crisp.  It's my aunt's recipe and if I could eat only one dish for the rest of my life, this would be a serious contender. 

The best part is that it's pretty much fool-proof.  You can't do much to mess it up.  It's a super easy dish to throw together, and it's also a great base dish if you want throw on your Iron Chef hat and get fancy with it. 

classic apple crisp

Here's what you'll need:

2 lbs (around 5 1/2 cups) peeled & sliced apples

1/4 cup water

Lemon juice

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup flour

1/2 cup butter (softened, room temp)

Optional additions:  Oats, chopped pecans/nuts, dried fruit, caramel sauce....whatever you can imagine!

The only way you can really mess up an apple crisp is by using the wrong apples.  Fortunately, most will work fine but stay away from McIntosh and Red Delicious - they don't hold up well to baking and can be overly sweet.  Most others work great (you can even mix different kinds) but Golden Delicious and Honeycrisp are particularly good choices.  For the dish I photographed for this post I used Gala apples I had on hand. 

Start by adding 1/4 cup water and a squeeze of lemon juice to a bowl.  As you peel and slice the apples, place them into the bowl and occasional give them a toss.

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Then place the apples and water in a 2-3qt casserole dish.  

In a separate bowl, combine the sugars, cinnamon, salt and flour.  Then cut in the butter with a pastry blender or fork.

classic apple crisp

Once that's nice and crumbly.....

classic apple crisp

....spoon it evenly over the apples.

classic apple crisp

Place in a 350 degree oven and bake uncovered for approx 35 min.  Prepare for your house to smell like heaven.

classic apple crisp

Once it's done, allow it to set (5-10 minutes)

classic apple crisp

Then serve it with some vanilla ice cream..

classic apple crisp
classic apple crisp

Or just grab a spoon and hit the pan. #noshame

classic apple crisp

This is utterly delicious served warm with ice cream but it's equally divine to sneak it as a snack straight from the fridge.  I think it's perfectly acceptable for any meal of the day......especially breakfast. Because it's apples right?

I know a lot of people prefer more texture and crunch to their topping.  You could easily add oats, chopped pecans, or any other imaginable combo to create the perfect crisp for your taste buds.  You can also adjust the baking time based on how firm or soft you like the apples.  35min in a 3 qt casserole dish is the perfect time for my oven and preferences (soft but not too squishy). 

You can download a printable copy of the recipe right



classic apple crisp

This is an easy make-ahead dessert for a Thanksgiving meal too!  Has anyone else planned out their Thanksgiving menu?  We're not hosting this year - a relief since we don't have a dining room table at the moment - but I'll be sharing some of our favorite holiday dishes

between n

ow and Christmas


What dish makes it to your


table each year?

Thanks so much for reading! We would love to hang out!

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