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Classic Apple Crisp

in quick and easy whole grain dairy free gluten free overnight guaranteed classic

Author: PJ Hamel

Classic Apple Crisp Recipe Classic Apple Crisp Recipe

With all the apple recipes out there, it's amazing how difficult it is to find a good, basic apple crisp. You know, one of those recipes you're desperately seeking (along with applesauce) when you've just gone to the orchard with the kids, and they enthusiastically filled two very large bags with apples.

While this version of apple crisp may seem daunting, with a fairly long list of ingredients, many are simply optional enhancements. Basically, you're looking at apples, sugar, thickener, and a touch of spice in the filling; and flour, sugar, butter, oats, and cinnamon in the topping.

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Prep
Bake
Total
Yield
9 to 12 servings
Nutrition information

Ingredients

Choose your measure:

Filling

  • 3 pounds whole apples, to yield 2 pounds peeled, cored, and sliced apples; about 9 cups
  • 1/4 cup rum, apple cider or juice, or the liquor/juice of your choice; or water
  • 1/4 to 3/4 cup brown sugar, depending on the sweetness/tartness of your apples
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons boiled cider, optional but good
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Apple Pie Spice; or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon + 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg + 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 tablespoons King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour or tapioca flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Topping

  • 3/4 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • heaping 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, light or dark
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) cold butter, cut in pats
  • 1/2 cup diced pecans or walnuts, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease a 9" x 9" square cake pan, or similar-size casserole pan.
  2. Slice the apples about 1/4" thick. Toss them with the remaining filling ingredients, and spread them in the pan.
  3. To make the topping, whisk together the flour, oats, salt, sugar, cinnamon, and baking powder.
  4. Add the cold butter, working it in to make an unevenly crumbly mixture. Stir in the nuts, if you're using them.
  5. Spread the topping over the apples in the pan.
  6. Set the pan on a parchment- or foil-lined cookie sheet, to catch any potential drips. Bake the crisp for about 60 minutes, till it's bubbling and the top is golden brown.
  7. Remove it from the oven, and allow it to cool for at least 20 minutes before serving. If you serve the crisp hot/warm, it may be quite soft. If you wait till it's completely cool, it'll firm up nicely. A good compromise is to wait for it to cool completely, then reheat individual portions briefly in the microwave. Vanilla ice cream is a tasty accompaniment.
  8. Yield: 9 to 12 servings.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1/12th pan (130g)
  • Servings Per Batch 12
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 250
  • Calories from Fat 90
  • Total Fat 10g
  • Saturated Fat 6g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 25mg
  • Sodium 55mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 37g
  • Dietary Fiber 2g
  • Sugars 25g
  • Protein 2g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.