Not-Too-Sweet Apple Crisp

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Author Notes: This is my salute to the start of autumn: a warm, comforting crisp made with just-sweet-enough apples, and hearty whole-wheat flour, oats, and brown sugar.TheThinChef

Serves 4 to 6

  • 4 small Gala apples
  • Juice of 1/4 lemon
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon pure maple syrup, depending on the sweetness of your apples
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 5 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Peel apples; slice the “cheeks” off of the cores, and discard cores. Slice apples into 1/4-inch slices, place in an 8×6-inch (or similar) baking dish, and toss with lemon juice and maple syrup. Taste a slice, and see if it tastes sweet enough; if not, add a bit more maple syrup. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, almonds, and cinnamon. Using your fingers, work in the butter until the mixture resembles wet sand, and it sticks together in clumps. Taste, and add more sugar if you think it should be sweeter.
  4. Pour topping over apples in the baking dish. Bake for 22 minutes, or until topping is golden brown and apples are just tender. Cool for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with vanilla ice cream for extra oohs and aahs.
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8 months ago Lisa

I am just making this recipe right now, I definitely had to cook it for twice as much time & cover it with foil halfway through as the apples did not seem to be getting soft enough or cooking enough to get any liquid at all around the dish.

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12 months ago Meagen

Just made this for dessert tonight and it was phenomenal. Thank you for publishing this. This was so easy to make and tasted wonderful.

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almost 4 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

This is a terrific recipe. (I'd probably use local just-picked Pink Ladies, though, which have become my apple of choice for this kind of dessert.) Saved!!! ;o)