This Traditional Apple Crisp recipe is the perfect dessert to finish any meal. Is there anything better? If you are like me, the answer will be - No! Made with tart Granny Smith Apples and topped with vanilla ice cream, this apple crisp will be a winner every time.
Why Make Apple Crisp?
The question is why would you not make apple crisp? Apple Crisp recipes are delicious, easy to make and usually contain staple ingredients that are right in your pantry like apples, oatmeal and sugar.
One advantage of making apple crisp is that you can double or triple the recipe for larger groups. Similarly you can make a small batch for you and someone special.
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Tips and Tricks to Making the Best Apple Crisp
So you might be wondering, what's the difference between apple crumble and apple crisp? They are very similar. Let me explain the difference.
A crisp is a baked fruit dessert topped with a crisp and crunchy layer of ingredients. The topping may include a sugar, butter, oats, nuts, flour and a spices (e.g. cinnamon). The ingredients are tossed together and placed on top of fruit and then it is baked until the topping is crispy and golden.
Like a crisp, a crumble is a baked fruit dessert with a layer of topping. Crumble toppings rarely include oats or nuts. They do include a combination of flour, sugar and butter, like a pastry. However some variations may include oats or nuts. Crumble toppings are more clumpy than a crisp topping.
Apples are also used in other recipes, for example Apple Scones.
The Best Apples to Use for Apple Crisp
For a tart but sweet apple crisp I always gravitate towards granny smith apples. But really you could use any type of apple to make it.
You can even use a combination of apples like granny smith, gala apples, red delicious..
Just be sure to use fresh apples without blemishes. Or, cut out any bruises or blemishes.
Steps to Make Apple Crisp
First, thoroughly wash your apples and peel and slice them. I love, love using my apple peeler to peel the apples. Especially when you are using 4 to 5 apples. Using an apple peeler helps to zoom through the peeling and slicing process.
Cut your apples into squares or slices, it doesn't really matter which one but the smaller the pieces the better the apples will cook through. Then add sugar, flour and cinnamon. Toss all the ingredients together.
Place the apple mixture in a baking dish.
Combine the crumble ingredients and mix well. Then scoop the crumble on top of the apples
One great trick I learned, is using a cheese grater is a quick and easy way to incorporate butter into mixtures. Grating butter like cheese turns the butter into fine strips and makes it easier to combine it with the flour and other ingredients. Using a cheese grater will save you time.
Bake it for about 45 to 50 minutes or until the top is gold brown and the apples are oozing.
Don't forget to let it cool down. It's no fun prematurely putting hot apple in your mouth.
Different Options for Your Apple Crisp Recipe
It's called apple crisp for a reason, right? So how do you make apple crisp recipe different? Well, here are some ideas:
- Use a different fruit (cherries, blueberries, pineapples, strawberries, etc..)
- Add raisins or dates
- Add nuts or tree nuts
- Top with Vanilla ice cream or your favourite flavour of ice cream
- Top it with a scoop of whipped cream
- Drizzle caramel sauce over it
Storing Apple Crisp
Leftovers of your apple crisp can be stored in storage containers and kept in the fridge for 4 to 5 days. If you plan on re-heating your apple crisp, make sure you have the right containers for the job. Don't forget to top off your apple crisp with a healthy scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Note that the storage guidelines provided on this page and site are estimates from personal experiences. We are all adults and as an adult you are responsible to ensure that the food you eat is safe to eat. Since, I'm not a food safety expert, you are responsible to review your local guidelines on food storage prior to storing any food left-overs.
For Canadian Guidelines check Government of Canada's Food and Safety Guidelines for further information and resources.
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Traditional Apple Crisp Recipe
- 4 Granny Smith Apples or apples of your choice
- ⅛ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp flour
- ¾ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¾ cup instant oatmeal
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ white sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ cup unsalted butter if using salted butter do not add salt
- Preheat oven to 350ºF
- Wash, peel and cut apples
- Combine apples with filling ingredients in a small bowl and mix.
- Combine crumble ingredients and mix well to combine all ingredients including butter
- Place apple mixture in a baking dish
- Top with Crumble topping
- Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until golden brown.
- Remove from oven and let cool completely before serving at least 30 minutes.
- Top with vanilla ice-cream and serve.