Apple Blackberry Crisp

July 12, 2021
1 Ratings
  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 50 minutes
  • Serves 4 to 6
Author Notes

We are loving everything and all things apple lately. And who better than Jenna Huntsberger — the mastermind behind Whisked! bakery — to inspire a bit of baked apple amazingness? Let's get baking! —CAVA

Test Kitchen Notes

There's no better way to gear up for fall than to make a sweet, fruit-filled crisp to serve at the end of any meal. With that signature oat topping to contrast the sweet fruit, it'll be a hit any time it's served. Plus, as the temperatures get cooler, you can't help but think of picking apples and the many ways they can be utilized in the kitchen. This recipe calls for fresh blackberries, but you can use any type of berry you think will go along well with your apples, and frozen berries work too. The rest of the ingredients you probably already have in your fridge or pantry. There's also no fancy equipment required; you don't even need to get out your electric mixer. Just be prepared to get your fingers a little dirty! All that's required is an 8x8-inch baking dish. Because the crisp takes about an hour to bake in the oven, you can start baking during dinner, then have it ready to go when dessert time rolls around.

The combination of thinly sliced apples topped with toasted oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and ground ginger is going to prove irresistible for the fall. You can use a variety of baking apples, from Granny Smith to Jonagold, Honeycrisp, and Braeburn; just choose sturdier ones that can withstand the heat from the oven. Once you get back from the orchard or farmers' market, you'll know exactly what to make! Instead of blackberries, you could use raspberries, blueberries, or strawberries. Try different combinations to discover your favorite! —The Editors

What You'll Need
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Apple Blackberry Crisp
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into 1/4-inch cubes, plus more for the pan
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 pounds baking apples (about 6)
  • 1/2 pound blackberries (fresh is ideal, but frozen works too)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter an 8x8-inch baking pan. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, brown sugar, oats, cinnamon, baking powder, allspice, ginger, and salt. With your fingers, work the butter into the flour mixture, pinching the butter into smaller and smaller pieces until they are pea-sized.
  2. Peel, core, and thinly slice the apples into ¼-inch slices. Place the apple slices in a medium bowl and mix in the blackberries (the easiest way to do this is with your hands).
  3. In a small bowl, mix the granulated sugar and cornstarch. Toss the sugar mixture with the fruit, then mix in the lemon juice. Scrape the fruit into the prepared pan and pat into an even layer.
  4. Pat the crumble mixture evenly over the fruit. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until the fruit is bubbling and the topping turns a deep golden brown.
  5. Serve warm and enjoy!

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