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  • The Best Apple Crisp

    filed under: Pies + Tarts on August 22, 2018

    Are you looking for the BEST Apple Crisp Recipe? One that is full of flavor and perfected over time to be a NO-FAIL recipe? This is it. My secret? DOUBLE the crisp!

    The Best Apple Crisp

    Apple Crisp Recipe

    If you are anything like me, you always think your recipe is the best. I was convinced that the apple crisp I have been making for the last couple years couldn’t be beaten but was I ever wrong. I tried this recipe last fall and have made it at least 15 times since. It is perfect every single time! It is the ideal combination of rich oat crisp paired with a slightly tart apple (this is important, I will tell you why below) and just the right about of buttery richness. If you are looking for the best apple crisp you have ever tried, look no further.

    How to Make Apple Crisp

    Brown Sugar Apple Crisp

    Most recipes call for all granulated sugar or 1/2 granulated and 1/2 brown. While these recipes are sweet, they lack the depth of flavor that all brown sugar adds. And after you try this apple crisp, you will definitely understand what I mean! I used a light brown sugar, but you can definitely use a dark brown sugar as well. If you don’t happen to have any brown sugar on hand, you can always make your own!

    Homemade Brown Sugar
    For light brown sugar add 1-2 tablespoons of molasses to 1 cup of granulated sugar. For dark brown sugar add 3-4 tablespoons to 1 cup of granulated sugar. I like to mix up a big batch in my food processor but you can also mix by hand if you prefer.

    Perfect Apple Crisp

    Oat Mixture

    As you can see I use brown sugar in the apple coating as well as the oat mixture. But let’s talk about the butter because that is equally important! I like to use a good quality butter like Challenge Butter. It’s churned daily from two natural ingredients: the freshest 100% real pasteurized sweet cream and salt. That’s it! The taste is pure, and the flavor is consistent, which is extremely important in baking.

    One thing that makes this recipe unique is that the oat mixture is used on the top AND the bottom. The amazing thing about this layer is that it changes depending on how long you bake the crisp.

    If you bake at 375°F for 35 minutes, the bottom oat mixture will be slightly caramelized and gooey while the top will be perfect crispy deliciousness.

    If you bake at 375°F for 45 minutes, the bottom oat mixture will be crispy throughout. The top will be darker, but if you prefer a less dark crispy top you can add a foil tent to the crisp after 35 minutes.

    The Crispiest Apple Crisp!

    Best Apples to Use in an Apple Crisp

    It is important to use tart apples in order to get that tang that contrasts well with the buttery topping in an apple crisp. Honeycrisp (they are crisp and juicy with a honey-sweet and tart flavor) or Granny Smith (they are crisp and very sour) are my top two favorites. The Honeycrisp was developed right here in Minnesota. #proudMinnesotan Either of those apples is ideal, but you could also do a combination of the two. Some folks in my extended family love to do a combination of a sweet apple (like Golden Delicious) and a tart apple. When we sampled this version we did enjoy it but found that the leftovers did not reheat as nicely as the version will all tart apples. (they were mushier than we liked)

    This recipe calls for 10 cups of apples after they are peeled and sliced. I found this to be anywhere from 7-9 apples depending on the size. When preparing this recipe I like to wait until the very last moment to peel and cut my apples as I want them to stay as crisp as possible. And whatever you do, don’t skip the peeling!

    Apple Crisp 101

    4.87 from 36 votes
    Apple Crisp
    Prep Time
    20 mins
    Cook Time
    45 mins
    Total Time
    1 hr 5 mins

    Once you try this recipe you will never want another! Perfection in every bite!

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Apple Crisp, apple crisp recipe
    Servings: 12 large pieces
    Calories: 422 kcal
    Author: Amanda
    Apple Mixture
    • 10 cups Granny Smith apples peeled, cored and sliced
    • 1 cup (200g) brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    Crisp Mixture
    • 2 cup (180g) quick-cooking oats
    • 2 cup (250g) all-purpose flour
    • 2 cup (400g) packed brown sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1 cup (2 sticks, 226g) Challenge Butter cubed while cold
    1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare a 9x13 pan with baking spray or coating with butter.

    Apple Mixture
    1. Place sliced apples in a bowl. Add brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Stir gently and make sure every piece of apple is covered in the sugar mixture. Set aside.

    Crisp Mixture
    1. Combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon together. Add in the cubed butter and use your hands to combine. You want the butter to be pea-sized and coated entirely. You should have 6 cups. 

    2. Spread 3 cups over the bottom of your prepared pan and press flat. Pour the apple mixture over top and press down with rubber spatula. Pour remaining crisp mixture over top of the apples and bake uncovered at 375°F for 35-45 minutes.

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    I made this yesterday and it is good but I thought it was way to sweet! I don’t think I will made it again! The reviews were good so I thought I would try it but I thought the sweetness took away from tasting the apples!

    Excellent recipe with great flavor. The best I’ve ever baked! It’s Yummy-Good! 👍🏼😃

    How many apples roughy gives you 10 cups

    I like the skin, so I don’t peel the apples. I have friends who can’t deal with flour so I just use oatmeal. This makes the recipe very easy and healthy.

    What would be the best ice cream flavor to top this with? I want to make it for my boyfriend’s Thanksgiving dinner!

    I tried this recipe. For me it was way to sweet and I didn’t feel that the ingredients needed to be on the bottom. DIsapointed sorry not a five star for me.

    This recipe is the best Apple Crisp I have ever had

    Going to make this now

    Delicious! My family loved it.

    I absolutely love the apple crisp never thought of putting crumb mixture on the bottom, what Brilliance.

    Hi! I was so excited about making this apple crisp. I followed the instructions exactly and baked it for 35 mins, but my top didn’t brown. I didn’t want to over bake so I ended up putting it under the broiler to brown it up. Any idea why?

    Great recipe!
    A little to sweet, I will cut back on the sugar next time. My husband doesn’t usually like the topping, let alone a crust but he said this recipe converted him. I baked mine for 1 your as I added a bit more apple mixture.
    It’s a winner! 😀

    Just tried it today. Is on the grill now as my oven doesn’t work. Will let you know how it turns out. Excited to see for myself.

    Could it be made with cooking apples or would they go all mushy.
    Thanks… 🙂

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