Thin sliced granny smith apples, baked with cinnamon and an oatmeal crumb topping, this is an Apple Crisp Recipe everyone will love!
When cold weather hits, my family craves comfort food. Apple Crisp brings back a lot of memories from childhood, when things seemed a whole lot simpler.
I have made this many times over the years for my sons, when the smell of baking apples would bring them running into the kitchen. The windows would fog up from the heat of the oven and the whole house had the aroma of vanilla and cinnamon.
HOW TO MAKE THIS EASY CINNAMON APPLE CRISP
The ingredient list may look intimidating to some, but this is an easy apple crisp recipe. If you can peel apples and mix things up…you’re good to go!
Preheat the oven to 375°, and grease a 9 x 13 baking pan.
TO MAKE THE FILLING
Start by peeling and coring the apples. I’m old school when it comes to peeling apples. I use a ceramic blade peeler because it peels just the thinnest layer off the apples. Then I take a small paring knife to cut the apples into wedges and then I cut the remaining core from each wedge. If the apple wedges are thick, slice them lengthwise again for a thinner wedge. Aim for wedges that are the same thickness to bake evenly. Place the wedges in a large bowl. You can mix the apples and coating right in the baking pan, but it can get really messy.
The next step is to make the tasty syrup that coats the apples. Melt the butter in a small bowl in the microwave, then stir in the flour. Once the flour and butter are completely mixed, add in the lemon juice, milk and vanilla. Stir again until combined. Cinnamon, brown sugar and salt are next. Add them to the bowl and stir with a fork until you have a thick, smooth mixture. Pour this mix over the apples and fold in until the apples are coated. Pour the apples and any liquid remaining at the bottom into your prepared baking pan.
TO MAKE THE TOPPING
Now, for the best part…the crunchy topping.
I use a food processor to make this step painless…or you can mix it by hand for a good arm workout! Add all of the topping ingredients except the butter, to the food processor. Pulse a few times to mix it up. Then add the butter and pulse until the mixture looks like big crumbs. OK…the correct word is coarse crumbs, but everyone knows what big crumbs are right…the kind that have miraculously appeared on the counter when you walk back into the kitchen you have just cleaned up. That size. Anyway, sprinkle the big crumbs in an even layer over the apples.
Put the baking pan on a rimmed baking sheet, and place on the center rack of the oven. The baking sheet will keep any spill-overs from landing in the bottom of the oven and creating a burning mess. Bake for about an hour until the crust is golden and bubbling.
Let the apple crisp cool for a few minutes before serving. The syrup inside is pretty hot!
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WHAT IS THE BEST APPLE FOR APPLE CRISP
The best apples for baking crisps are all-purpose apples that stand up well to baking, liking Granny Smith, Cortland, Braeburn and Honey Crisp. These apples are slightly tart and remain firm during baking, without being overly juicy. Use any one of these or be bold and use a combination of two or more!
HOW TO STORE LEFTOVER APPLE CRISP
Baked Apple Crisp should be refrigerated after it cools. Cover with plastic wrap and store for up to 3 days.
HOW TO FREEZE APPLE CRISP
Prepare and bake the apple crisp according to the directions. Allow the apple crisp to cool completely, then cover the pan with a double layer of aluminum foil. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. To serve, thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Preheat the oven to 350° and place foil covered pan in the oven for 20 – 25 minutes or until heated through. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator up to 3 days.
If you prefer a crisp topping with nuts, you can substitute the topping used for Sweet Potato Banana Souffle.
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TOOLS TO MAKE THIS RECIPE
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Glass Nesting Bowls – the bowls I use all the time for mixing, whipping cream and the large one is great for salads too!
Glass Baking Dish – this one has a lid and easy-grab handles to make lifting easier!
Apple Crisp, with tender apples and a crispy oatmeal crust is All- American comfort food!
FOR THE FILLING:
- 6 or 7 Large baking apples, like Granny Smith (you will need about 5 pounds)
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 4 tablespoons milk or heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
FOR THE TOPPING:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2/3 cup cold butter, cubed
- Preheat oven to 375° F. Butter a 9 x 13 baking dish.
- Peel and core apples, and cut into thin wedges. Place in large bowl.
- In a small bowl, add melted butter and flour and stir to combine.
- Add lemon juice, milk and vanilla to the flour mixture; stir to combine; stir in cinnamon, brown sugar and salt. Pour mixture over the apples and fold in until apples are coated. Transfer apples to baking dish.
- In the bowl of a food processor, add the flour, brown sugar, oatmeal, salt, baking powder and cinnamon. Pulse a few times to combine.
- Add butter to the topping mix and pulse until mixture resembles crumbs. No chunks of butter should remain. If mixing by hand, use a pastry blender or a fork and work the mixture until the butter has combined with the rest of ingredients until the size of small peas.
- Sprinkle the topping evenly over the apples in the baking dish.
- Place dish on a baking sheet on the center rack of 375° oven for 1 hour.
- Apple Crisp is done when the top is golden brown and bubbling.
- Serve warm with whipped cream and enjoy.
Use light or dark brown sugar.
2% milk was used for this recipe. Whole milk, half and half or heavy cream can be substituted.
Keywords: cinnamon apple crisp
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Photos and recipe updated 1/27/2019