Apple crisp is probably my favorite fall dessert because it’s just so ridiculously easy and I love the way the uncomplicated recipe keeps fresh fall apples at the forefront of the dessert. Its warm apple cinnamon layer and crispy oat topping is utterly divine with a scoop of cold vanilla ice cream on top. So if you’re looking for a warm and cozy fall dessert for these cool evenings, you’re going to love this Easy Apple Crisp.
What is Apple Crisp?
Apple crisp is the easiest fall dessert ever. It’s simply baked apples that are seasoned with a little sugar and warm spices, topped with a sweet and buttery crispy oat topping. It’s kind of like apple pie for people who don’t feel like fiddling with pie crust. And it’s absolutely perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce, or homemade whipped cream!
Ingredients for Apple Crisp
Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this incredibly easy apple crisp:
- Fresh Apples: Apples are the star of the show, so make sure to get the freshest apples you can get and, if possible, local!
- Spices: A mix of warm spices like cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and vanilla extract give this apple crisp a super cozy flavor and aroma.
- Sugar: White granulated sugar is used to sweeten the baked apple mixture, while brown sugar is added to the oat topping to create a deep, rich flavor.
- All-Purpose Flour: All-purpose flour helps bind the butter, oats, and sugar in the crispy crumbly topping.
- Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats: Oats give the crispy topping tons of texture and a slightly earthy flavor.
- Butter: Butter helps the oat topping crisp up and gives everything a super rich dessert-like flavor.
What Kind of Apples are Best for Apple Crisp
I prefer a sweet and juicy apple for apple crisp, like Gala or Fuji, but you can make almost any type of apple work. If you have an apple that is more tart, like a Granny Smith or Braeburn, you may want to add more sugar to the apple seasoning mixture. But the most important thing to look for when you’re choosing apples is to make sure your apples are juicy. Apples that are not fresh and juicy will make an apple crisp that is a little more on the dry side rather than deliciously saucy. Here’s a really cool chart showing apples according to their level of sweetness!
Can I Reduce the Sugar?
Sugar plays a very important role in both the filling and the topping of this apple crisp. In the filling the sugar helps draw out the juices from the apples, creating that nice saucy consistency. In the crumble topping, sugar helps crystalize the crumble and make everything crunchy. So, if you do choose to reduce the sugar, keep in mind that it will not only affect the sweetness of the dish, but also the texture.
How to Store Leftover Apple Crisp
Wait until your apple crisp cools to reduce condensation, then cover with plastic and refrigerate. Apple crisp will stay good in the refrigerator for about four days. The crumble topping will continue to absorb moisture from the apples as it refrigerates, so it won’t stay crispy, but it is still amazingly delicious all the same!
Easy Apple Crisp
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Core and slice the apples into ¼-½ inch wide slices (peel, if desired). Place the sliced apples in a large bowl.
- In a small bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves to season the apples. Sprinkle the mixture over the sliced apples and drizzle the vanilla extract over top. Stir the apples until they're evenly coated in spices.
- Next, make the oat topping. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, oats, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Cut the butter into chunks and then use your hands to work it into the oat mixture until it is crumbly and appears sort of damp.
- Sprinkle the crumbly oat mixture over the seasoned apples. Transfer to the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Serve hot with ice cream or whipped cream on top!
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How to Make Apple Crisp – Step by Step Photos
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Clean and slice 2 lbs. of apples (about six medium apples) into ¼-½ inch wide slices. You can peel them if you prefer, but I like the color and texture that the peels bring to the dessert. Place the sliced apples in a large bowl
Prepare the seasoning for the apples by combining 3 Tbsp sugar, 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp ground ginger, and ⅛ tsp ground cloves. The sugar helps draw the juices out of the apples and then the flour thickens it into a nice saucy consistency.
Sprinkle the seasoning mixture over the sliced apples along with 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. Stir until the apples are evenly coated in flour, sugar, and spices.
Place the seasoned apples in a 2-quart baking dish.
Next, create the crumbly oat topping. Stir together ¼ cup all-purpose flour, ⅓ cup rolled oats, ½ cup brown sugar, ⅛ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp cinnamon in a bowl.
Cut ¼ cup (4 Tbsp) butter into chunks and add it to the oat mixture. Use your hands to work the butter into the other ingredients.
When the butter is fully mixed in, it should look kind of chunky and damp, like the photo above.
Sprinkle the oat topping over the seasoned apples.
Bake the crisp for 45 minutes, or until the topping is deep golden brown.
Enjoy hot, topped with vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream!