Homemade Apple Crisp

September 25, 2020

Apple season calls for a homemade apple crisp! This recipe fills the kitchen with the warmest cinnamon and apple scent as it bakes, and tastes like fall with a dollop of ice cream on top.

Who loves all the baking to be had during the fall? I love the cozy factor - you know, the way it fills the house with the warm aroma of cinnamon, the windows wide open with crisp breezes while the oven heats the kitchen; and the chunky sweater paired with an apron. I love baking best of all during the 'ber months where everything just seems so much better. It's magical and wonderful and absolutely delightful.

So after leaving the apple orchard with so many apples last week, I started making a list of the things I wanted to make: apple crisp, crock pot apple butter; apple simple syrup; apple tart; etc. The list was growing along with my excitement for baking fall goodies. 

I opted to start with my apple crisp. It's been years since I've made this, and I decided to tweak my recipe for the crumble, which turned out much better than my original attempt years ago. I decided baking this dessert was a perfect addition to Greer's preschool time. So my sweet girl helped bake this season's apple crisp, and we had the best time together. 

In fact, we wanted to share the good feeling, and decided to divide the crisp up and deliver it throughout the neighborhood on our evening walk. To be able to share something so simple with the people around you and add a little cheer to their evening - well I can't tell you how much joy that brought me (and to them!). If you haven't delivered goodies to your neighbors, you really must. And slices of apple crisp would do the trick!

  • What You'll Need:
    • Apple Filling
      • 5 medium apples, peeled and sliced
      • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
      • 1 1/2 TSP apple pie spice
      • 2 TSP all-purpose flour
    • Crisp
      • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
      • 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
      • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
      • 1/4 TSP salt
      • 1/2 cup salted butter, diced and cold

  • What You'll Do:
    • Start with preheating the oven to 350°
    • Apple Filling
      • Put peeled and sliced apples in a bowl and add the sugar, apple pie spice, and flour. Toss until well combined and the slices are evenly covered. Pour into a greased pie pan (I like to use a glass one) and set aside.
    • Crisp
      • In a separate bowl combine the flour, brown sugar, oats, and salt. Mix well.
      • Now add the diced butter. I like to use my hands to crumble it all together. Make sure all of the butter is combined and in small pieces.
      • Using your hands, generously and evenly top the apples with the crumble. 
      • Bake for 40 minutes or until the crumble has crisped up and is a lovely shade of brown. 

Enjoy right away, as is or topped with ice cream! You can store in the fridge for up to a week.