October 21, 2015

Best-Ever Apple Crisp

Apple crisp is a must-have dessert for fall. The tastiness of the spiced apples, brown sugary, buttery oatmeal crumble goodness on top. Vanilla ice cream plopped on top of a hot slice, melting into the crisp to make it taste even better. Even cold, an apple crisp delights the senses and screams fall. What would Fall Recipe Week be without it?

I have spent years (no joke) perfecting my apple crisp recipe. When the crisp doesn't have enough spices, the topping is to crunchy or browns too much while baking or it is too mushy rather than having the signature crisp the dessert should, it just doesn't taste as good. I want my crumbly topping to be crisp yet chewy with just the right amount of spices. The apples should be soft without being mushy but not too hard either and they need the right blend of sugar and spices so they're not too bland or too over powering. This recipe is the perfect balance -- hence why it is the Best-Ever Apple Crisp. I actually came upon it through accidentally leaving out the flour I usually use. That and the use of ginger along with melting half the butter are my secrets to apple crisp success. It's incredibly easy to make, too!

Fall Recipe Week
All week I'm introducing you to easy, tasty recipes that are perfect for fall. Stop by each day for a new recipe: easy chicken pot pie, rosemary & garlic pork chops with cranberry quinoa, spiced apple cake with cinnamon sugar buttercream frosting, and homemade cinnamon applesauce. I'm also sharing a roundup of yummy autumn recipes from other bloggers.

Best-Ever Apple Crisp

by The Stay-at-Home Life
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30-45 minutes
Ingredients (12 servings)
    For the Apples
    • 10 apples, peeled Preferably Macintosh, Ida Red and Staymen. 
    • If you don't have those, use a mix of three kinds you like
    • 5 Tbsp granulated sugar
    • 2.5 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1 3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
    • 1 tsp ground ginger
    For the Topping
    • 1.5 cups quick rolled outs
    • 2 cups packed light brown sugar
    • 2 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
    • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
    • 1/2 cup cold salted butter, cubed
    • 1/2 cup salted butter, melted
    For the Apples
    Butter bottom of a 9x13 baking dish, preferably glass
    Core and cut apples into thin slices, not thin enough to bed or see through
    Dump apples evenly in baking dish
    Sprinkle sugar evenly over apples (you may need a bit more or less depending on the tartness of the apples)
    Sprinkle spices evenly over apples
    Stir apples until they are coated evenly

    For the Topping
    Combine brown sugar, oats and spices in a bowl
    Mix until evenly blended
    Melt 1/2 cup of salted butter then stir into the oat/sugar/spice mixture
    With a pastry cutter or forks, smash 1/2 cup cold, cubed butter into the mixture until everything is even. It will be moist
    With your hands, crumble up the mixture and drop evenly over the apples
    Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes, until apples are soft and topping is starting to brown slightly
    Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or enjoy cold

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    1. I haven't had apple crisp in ages. Might have to make some this weekend. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    2. Apple crisp is one of my very favorite desserts. i am definitely going to try this!

    3. Yummy, yummy, yummy! I was just daydreaming about apple crisp the other day.....I'll have to go grocery shopping, but I want to make this for our small group potluck next Monday.

    4. Yum...looks and sounds great! Never made it before but it makes we wanna try!!


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