Recently a posted about how much I love chocolate desserts. However, Samuel generally prefers less-sweet desserts with fruit in them. Sounds easy right? Wrong. He’s pretty picky, whether he admits it or not. So, when I decided to make a delicious, apple crisp for dessert, I was surprised when Samuel said he wasn’t really a crisp fan. Well, I was determined to change his mind by making a perfect crisp.
I am beyond happy with how this crisp turned out. Samuel was really happy with this too. He even had a few pieces, so I took that to mean this crisp was different than other crisps he has had. The crumbly topping is buttery and slightly sweet. The apples in this are absolutely wonderful. I used a combination of granny smith and honey crisp apples. They kept their texture but became soft while baking. The filling is also slightly sweet, but it still remains a light dessert. Heck, you could probably have this for breakfast if you felt like it. I love this apple crisp. It’s so easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of work to make. Plus, it totally converted Samuel to a crisp fan.
The first step is to combine all the crumb topping ingredients together. Use a fork, couple knives, or a pastry cutter to cut the cold margarine in to the dry ingredients. You need to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles small crumbs. Try to make sure there are no large lumps of margarine in the mixture. Stick this mixture in the refrigerator while you work on the apple filling. You want the margarine to stay cold.
Next, you can start on the apple filling. In a large bowl, combine the melted margarine and flour until smooth. Add in the lemon juice, milk, vanilla extract and combine. Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Add the sliced apples to the butter mixture and stir until all the apples are coated. I cored and peeled my apples; then I sliced each piece of apple into relatively thin pieces. You can have slightly varying pieces, but you don’t want real large chunks or they won’t bake evenly.
Pour the apple mixture into an 8×8 baking pan. Spread into an even layer.Sprinkle the crumb topping over the apples evenly. I used all of the crumble topping. If you think this is too much topping, feel free to use less. I liked the ratio of crumble to apple though. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the top is golden brown and set. Remove and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
If you are a crisp or crumble fan, you will like this. The combination of granny smith and honey crisp apples is perfect. This crisp isn’t too sweet, and it isn’t too tart. It’s a wonderful dessert. I like to eat it plain, but warm it up and put some ice cream or whipped topping on it and you’ve got an even more decadent dessert. This is absolutely wonderful warmed up or fresh out of the oven. I’m an apple fan, so this is perfect for me. If you are looking for an apple dessert, or something different than pie, you should give this dessert a try!
Total calories: 1,711
Servings: 8-10 (depending on how you dish it out)
Ingredients for the crumb topping:
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
- ¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup lite margarine, cold and diced into small chunks (any margarine or butter will work)
Ingredients for apple topping:
- 3-4 large apples, peeled and sliced thin (I used Granny Smith and Honey Crisp)
- 2 ½ tbsp lite magarine, melted (any margarine or butter will work)
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 tbsp milk (any kind)
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- Dash of salt
Directions for crumb topping:
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- In a medium bowl, combine all the crumb topping ingredients. Use a fork, couple knives, or a pastry cutter to cut the cold margarine in to the dry ingredients. Cut the butter in to the dry ingredients until it resembles small crumbs. Refrigerate while you prep the filling ingredients.
Directions for apple filling:
- In a large bowl, combine the melted margarine and flour until smooth. Add in the lemon juice, milk, vanilla extract and combine. Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
- Add the sliced apples to the butter mixture and stir until all the apples are coated. Pour the apple mixture into an 8×8 baking pan. Spread into an even layer.
- Sprinkle the crumb topping over the apples evenly. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the top is golden brown and set. Remove and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.