In the fall, I have a bowl of apples lying around constantly, which is a little dangerous now that I have this recipe on hand. Apple crisp once a week? Check.
This recipe is simple, requiring just 1 bowl to prepare and simple ingredients you likely have right now. It’s perfect for fall and winter, and will make you so many friends if you bring it along to holiday gatherings or friendsgivings!
In about an hour you’ll have an easy dessert of bubbling apples blanketed with a crunchy, sweet textured, warm and autumnal streusel. Feel free to adjust the sugar in this recipe!
Let’s get to it!
- 3 medium-large tart apples (like granny smith) and 2 sweet (like honey crisp), peeled, cored, and sliced 1/4 inch thick
- 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup uncooked rolled oats
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla (optional)
- 1/3 cup chopped pecans (optional)
- 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (1/2 stick), cut into small pieces, plus more for coating the dish
- Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Lightly coat an 8-by-8-inch baking dish with butter. Combine the apples, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon of the salt in a large bowl and toss to coat. Place the apple mixture in the prepared baking dish and set aside.
- Using the same bowl, mix together the brown sugar, oats, flour, vanilla, and pecans and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt until evenly combined.
- With your fingertips, blend in the butter pieces until small clumps form and the butter is well incorporated, about 2 minutes.
- Sprinkle the topping evenly over the apples and bake until the streusel is crispy and the apples are tender, about 50 to 60 minutes.
- Let cool on a rack at least 30 minutes before serving.
- Serve with vanilla bean ice cream or alone.
- Tip: This dish can easily be made vegan and/or gluten-free by swapping butter for Earth Balance and oats for GF oats.