This is best, most addicting apple crisp ever! Granny Smith apples are all swirled together with an ooey gooey, sweet, cinnamon filling. Then finished with a buttery, brown sugar, oatmeal crisp topping. Don’t forget a big scoop of french vanilla ice cream.
For me, apple crisp marks that autumn is here! I love all the soups and fall themed desserts.
Today we’re talking about apple crisp. Oats mandatory.
The consistency of an apple crisp should be gooey, not runny. I want to get a big scoop of apple crisp without losing all of my yummy filling.
You don’t want it to be too sweet, just barely sweet enough that it balances the tart flavor. Being able to still taste the granny smith apples is extra important. Plus a bit of spice from the cinnamon.
The apples should not be total mush after baking. Soft but not falling apart.
And the crisp topping should have a little bite to it, another thing we don’t want to be mushy.
Very last, the recipe needs to be quick and easy! You’ll find this is a very basic, easy to follow recipe.
In my book, these are the things that make an apple crisp, the best ever!
Apple Crisp Vs. Apple Pie
Apple pie is amazing but if you want to skip the crust situation then go with a crisp.
And if you want something fun, a finger food type of dessert, try these apple chai hand pies. The dough is super easy to make and they are so fun to eat.
Is it a crisp or crumble? What’s the difference?
Traditionally a crisp has oats and a crumble does not. I always remember this by thinking that oatmeal is kind of tough in texture, and when I think of crisp vs. crumble, crisp is more textured.
How To Get Perfect Apple Crisp Filling
Have you ever scooped up some apple crisp or apple pie and all of the filling just gushed out?
So frustrating, right? Here’s my tip.
Let it cool after removing it from the oven.
The filling should have chance to come down in temperature before you attempt to scoop some out. As your apple crisps cools it will continue to firm up and set.
Another thing you can do is to add a bit of flour to your apples prior to baking. I’ve found that all you need is 1 tablespoon.
What Apples To Use For An Apple Crisp With Oats Topping
Apple of choice for an apple crisp?
The classic Granny Smith apple.
Granny smith apples have a tartness to them and personally my all time favorite. They also hold up nicely while baking. Like in these caramel apple white chocolate bars.
For a sweeter flavor you could try using honey crisp apples when they are in season. For me, it’s a bit too sweet.
Apple Crisp FAQ
- Can I make this gluten free? You could substitute a gluten free baking flour for the all purpose flour the recipe calls for.
- Why is my filling runny? Adding extra liquid could cause this, this recipe doesn’t call for any extra liquid – you’ll find the apples give it just enough juiciness. Another reason is that you didn’t let the crisp cool long enough after baking. It’s important to let it set, to thicken.
- Can I use instant oatmeal? I haven’t tried this recipe with instant oats so I am not sure.
- Do you need to refrigerate apple crisp? I always cover mine with plastic wrap, and chill it in the fridge if there is going to be leftovers.
- Can this recipe be doubled? Definitely! Use a large baker, like a 9×13 with tall edges, or two 9″ pans or two 8×8″ pans.
Fall Dessert Recipes To Try
If pumpkin is your craving then pumpkin cream cheese cinnamon rolls or a pumpkin roll with cream cheese frosting is sure to leave you happy! Those are fan favorites. However, if you want something without frosting then this pumpkin loaf with pie crust crumble is a nice alternative (it tastes exactly like a piece of pumpkin pie!).
Apple Crisp With Oats Topping
- 6 apples peeled and chopped
- 1/4 c white sugar
- 1/4 c brown sugar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp cold butter diced
oats crisp topping
- 1/2 c flour
- 1/2 c oats
- 1/2 c brown sugar
- 1/4 c butter diced
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- Preheat oven to 350
- Put the chopped apples in a large bowl
- Add the white sugar, brown sugar, lemon juice, flour, cinnamon, salt and butter
- Mix this together
- Pour the filling into a 9” pie dish or an 8×8” baking dish
- In a separate bowl prepare the crumb topping
- Use your hands to mix together the flour, oats, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and baking powder
- Completely incorporate the butter
- Sprinkle on pieces over the apple filling
- Bake for 45 minutes, apples should be soft
- Let the apple crisp cool slightly before serving
- Serve with vanilla ice cream
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This recipe was originally posted on 09/30/2019.