Traditional Apple Crisp
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I have been baking Traditional Apple Crisp for years. It is an old family recipe I hope you’ll enjoy. Juicy, sweet apples with an crispy oat crumb. This dessert is especially good with whipped topping or vanilla ice cream!
(Post modified on 9/15/23.)
Through the years, I’ve tweaked this recipe just a bit from the original by adding a bit more sugar and also cinnamon to the apple layer. I also par-cook the apples in the microwave for 8-10 minutes. It’s something that I do with my apple pies, and it seems to really help get the juices flowing.
Our oldest daughter makes a similar dessert she calls Apple Goodie. The recipes are much the same, although the bottom layer for Apple Goodie is more like a pie filling and is much thicker and sweeter. Both of these recipes are delicious and a great way to celebrate autumn.
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Ingredients to Make Traditional Apple Crisp
(See the full recipe at the bottom of this post.)
- Granny Smith apples (2 pounds)
- granulated sugar
- old-fashioned oats
- brown sugar
- all-purpose flour
- kosher salt
- ground cinnamon
Instructions for Making This Recipe
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather all your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Spray square or oblong baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
Prepare the Apples
Using a sharp paring knife, core, peel, and slice apples. You may use an apple corer for this if desired.
Place apple slices in a large microwavable bowl. Microwave for 8-10 minutes, until apples start to soften.
Precooking your apple slices in the microwave is a simple add-on to this recipe and helps a bunch in getting the apple slices tender and juicy. This is especially helpful for Granny Smith apples or Gala. I’m not sure if it would be necessary to do if you were using a more juicy apple or even apples that are more ripe.
Remove the apples from the microwave, and sprinkle with granulated sugar and ground cinnamon. Stir until the apples are coated.
Make the Crisp
In a medium bowl, combine old-fashioned oats, brown sugar, all-purpose flour, kosher salt, and ground cinnamon.
Add butter and using a blending fork (or your fingers) cut into the oat mixture until it makes coarse crumbs.
I like to use my fingers when mixing the butter into the oat mixture. I find that this works much better than a fork in getting everything thoroughly combined without becoming gloppy. That way you can sprinkle the mixture over the apples nice and even.
Place apples in the prepared baking dish. Crumble the oat mixture over the apples. Bake in preheated oven for 40-50 minutes, until apple juices bubble up onto the crust.
Serve warm or cold with a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped topping.
This recipe will serve 6-8 people.
Traditional Apple Crisp
- 2 pounds Granny Smith apples 6 medium, peeled, cored, and sliced
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Spray a square or small oblong baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
Prepare the Apples
- Using a knife core, peel, and slice apples. You may use an apple corer for this if desired.
- Place apple slices in a large microwavable bowl. Microwave for 8-10 minutes, until apples start to soften.
- Remove from the microwave and sprinkle granulated sugar and ground cinnamon over the apples. Stir to combine.
Make the Crisp Topping
- In a medium bowl, combine the old-fashioned oats, brown sugar, all-purpose flour, kosher salt, and ground cinnamon.
- Add butter and cut into mixture until it makes coarse crumbs. You may want to use your fingers for this to make sure everything is incorporated.
- Place the softened apples in the prepared baking dish. Crumble oat mixture over the apples.
- Bake in preheated oven for 40-50 minutes, until apple juices bubble up onto the crust. Serve with whipped topping or ice cream. Makes 6-8 servings.