Easy and Delicious Apple Crisp

easy-and-delicious-apple-crispSo, it’s no secret here at The Frugal Farmer household that we love our desserts.  Being that we have three plush apple trees in our yard (I highly recommend planting apple and other fruit trees: it’s a great way to help improve self-sufficiency, and apples are SO yummy!) we work to make good use of the fall apple bounty. Yesterday I made two apple pies. Today I made a pan of warm, delicious apple crisp. I’m telling you, there’s nothing like apple crisp to warm the tummy and the heart on a cold fall winter day.   We LOOOVE apple crisp and apple pie here.  There are many recipes out there that are delicious. This particular recipe is one we’ve been using for about three years now. One of the things I love about it is that it involves no stove-top cooking and so it’s no problem for younger kids to help put together. This super easy recipe is a fun family activity and a quick and easy treat for guests and parties.

Easy and Delicious Apple Crisp

The apple part

10 cups apples, peeled, cored and sliced (we prefer a tart, firm variety of apple)

1 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1/2 cup water

The “crisp” part

1 cup quick oats

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 stick real butter, melted

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a 9×13 ungreased pan, place sliced apples.  Mix the 1 cup of sugar, the 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and the 1 tablespoon of flour together, and sprinkle it evenly over the apples.  Then pour the 1/2 cup of water evenly over the apple/sugar mixture.

In a separate bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda and baking powder from the “crisp” part of the recipe, and mix thoroughly.  Add in the melted butter and mix thoroughly again, making sure the butter coats the dry mixture as evenly as possible.

*Note: If you like to eat the dough as you’re baking, beware: this uncooked part of the recipe is EXTREMELY delicious. Don’t eat it all before you put it on the crisp. 🙂

Sprinkle, or crumble, the crisp topping over the apples.  Bake for about 45 minutes, or until the crisp is a light golden brown.  Let cool (mostly) before serving.  Enjoy!

For extra yumminess, top with whipped cream or vanilla or cinnamon ice cream.

Here are some other things you can do with apples for some fall fun:

  • Fry sliced apples in butter until soft and sprinkle with cinnamon – makes a great breakfast!
  • Dip sliced apples in a homemade fruit dip (simply blend cream cheese, sugar,  and vanilla yogurt to taste)
  • Bob for apples with family and/or friends
  • Chop up apples and put them in your oatmeal with ground cinnamon and brown sugar. Homemade is SO much better. 🙂

What’s your favorite fall recipe?

17 comments

  1. Iforonwy says:

    Around here we have apple crumble. Almost the same but no oats and the butter is not melted but rubbed in.

    Yesterday we picked the apples from our old Bramley Apple tree. These are what are termed “cooking apples” this side of the pond and are quite tart so need the addition of sugar. Last night I chose 2 of the great big round ones, cored them and added a dollop of the pear mincemeat that I made last year and then baked them in the oven. Topped with custard they were delicious especially when they came form tree to table in a couple of hours!

    I am always on the look out for apple recipes. We have about 30 pounds of them in the garage at the moment!

    • Laurie says:

      Oh my goodness, that sounds so delicious!! 30 pounds – you’d better get cooking. 🙂 We have just enough left to make another batch or two of apple crisp. Can’t let those apples go to waste now, can we? 🙂

      • Iforonwy says:

        Did I tell you about my near apple disaster a few weeks ago? I had prepared some apples, last season, and made as I thought sweet stewed apple for muffins etc. I took a package from the freezer to add to said muffins. I thought why is there a herby/onion smell around here? I had also made a few batches that included onion powder, sage and thyme – over here we have that as an accompanyment to pork and sausages. Just stopped in time before I poured it into the muffin mix! Note to self label EVERYTHING that goes into the freezer!

        • Laurie says:

          LOL, those would have been some very interesting muffins!!! You never know: you could have created the next big thing in muffins. 🙂

  2. Great way to eat a little healthier and to make it a snack 🙂 I personally don’t like apples because of their texture while eating (not because of their flavor) but eating apples have great health benefits. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

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