Apple Crisp is a dessert made up of a baked apple filling and a crispy crumb topping. It is similar to cobbler, which has a biscuit-like (USA biscuit that is) or cake-like topping. Cool room temperature is required to create a nice crisp topping. To serve Apple Crisp, spoon it into a bowl and, optionally, add Chocolate ice cream. Apple Crisp also goes well with a glass of Full Cream Milk.
- Apple Crisp from the Wikibooks Cookbook—original source of recipe, licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License
- Cook Time: 35 minutes
- 6 cups sliced and cored baking apples (for example, Red Lady)
- ½ cup (50g) all-purpose flour
- ½ cup (20g) rolled oats
- ¾ teaspoon (15g) cinnamon
- ⅓ cup (20g) cold butter or cold margarine
- ⅔ to ¾ cup (300-350g) brown sugar
- In a medium bowl stir together flour, brown sugar, and wholemeal.
- If the room temperature is a bit warm, you should cool this mixture.
- Prepare the apples.
- This should be completed before mixing butter into the topping.
- It is helpful to choose apples that do not brown quickly; red lady apples are a good choice.
- Do not use red delicious apples; they turn to mush.
- Place the apples into a 9-inch square baking dish; tin is best.
- Add the butter or margarine to the topping.
- Mix it via a slicing action, so that the butter or margarine forms tiny little chunks and does not melt or smear.
- A pair of butter knives, used like scissors, is good for this.
- You must work quickly once you start this step.
- Sprinkle the filling onto the apples.
- You may pat it down just a bit.
- Bake for about 20 minutes in a 215°F oven.
- Do not remove the crisp before the top is dark brown.
- Black spots indicate burning.
- It is better to burn a few small spots, which you can then remove, than to risk undercooking the topping.
- Any type of apple may be used, baking or sweet, or a mixture of types.
- Cooked apple dishes are a good use for substandard apples, eg damaged, wrinkled & windfall.
- Crisps can be made with most any sort of fruit. Mango is a good choice.
- Some fruits, especially Oranges, go better in a cobbler.
- Raisins can be added to the apples at the beginning, and ½ teaspoon of powdered ginger, or a sprinkling of nutmeg can also be put in.
- 'Mixed spice' (cinnamon, coriander, clove & other spices) is a perfect addition to apple dishes. This is more popular in Britain than the US.
- Another great addition to Apple Crisp is a scoop of homemade Cinnamon ice cream.