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Apple Crisp-A Classic Fall Dessert

Apple crisp is a homey, comfort food that has always been a family favorite recipe.  It may very well be my favorite fall dessert of all.  There is no better dessert to serve when the crisp, fragrant apples of fall are abundantly available.

My apple crisp is a bit different from the apple crisp you may know because the crumble topping is not made with oatmeal.  Instead of oatmeal, I make a topping mixture of butter, sugar, and flour. 

My All-Time Favorite Apple Crisp Recipe

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A classic apple crisp
Classic Apple Crisp
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So, how do I make my apple crisp's crumble topping?  It is a simple mixture of flour, sugar, and butter mixed together with my fingers to make the crumbles.  As the crisp bakes, the topping becomes golden brown, crunchy and in my opinion, perfect.  Serve this apple crisp warm with vanilla ice cream and you'll have a classic family dessert.

Apple crisp is perfect this time of year.  Whether you have been apple picking or are just selecting from the abundant supply of fresh apples you find in the grocery store, fresh apples make this dessert a family favorite.  Any favorite apple will be perfect in this apple crisp.  I prefer Courtland apples because they have just the right mix of sweet and tart flavor I love.

Do you think it will be too much trouble to peel the apples?  Do you think you need a special machine to get it done?  No, you don't need a special machine.  All you need is a vegetable peeler or a paring knife.  Peeling apples is very easy.  I show you just how easy it is to peel apples in this video about making apple sauce.

Classic Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp

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Apple Crisp
Apple Crisp
Serves six-eight
  • 6-8 apples, a mixture of crisp, fragrant varieties
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 stick unsalted butter


Directions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  Butter a deep-dish pie pan.  Pare and slice the apples into the pan.  You'll want the apples to create a high mound in the pan.  Squeeze the lemon juice over the apples.  Combine the cinnamon, salt, and 1-1/2 tablespoons of sugar and sprinkle the mixture over the apples. Pour the water over the mixture.

To make the crumble topping, combine one cup of granulated sugar, flour, and butter together in a medium bowl.  Using your fingers, squeeze the ingredients together and toss them to create a well combined, crumbly mixture.

Spread the topping over the apples.  Bake on the center rack of your oven for 45-50 minutes until the topping is browned and crunchy.  Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

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