My Grandmother's Apple Crisp
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A classic apple crisp, loaded with juice apples and topped with a delicious crumble. My grandmother's recipe is classic for reason... it's is always a hit!
Recipe type: Baking, Dessert, Fall, Holidays
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-Free optional, Nut-Free
Serves: 8 servings
  • 7-10 apples (depending on how full you want it and size of baking dish)
  • TIP: Any apple will work but baking apples and Granny Smith apples will give a nice tart flavor in contrast to the crumble and will hold their form best. Other apples may lose their form and become more "mushy" when baking. That said, an apple crisp is a great way to use up "older" apples.
  • TIP: my family tends to over fill the pan because the apples will shrink or "fall down" after baking and settling. If you over-stuff it with apples you will still be left with a lot of apples.
  • Cinnamon to taste (approximately ½ teaspoon- 1 teaspoon)
Crumb topping (this is a very forgiving recipe if you need to adjust quantities for your pan size)
  • 1 cup gluten free all purpose flour with xanthan gum (we use GF Jules - affiliate link)
  • ¾ cup brown sugar, packed (could cut back to ⅔ cup depending on size of pan)
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter or dairy free alternative (We often use Earth Balance soy free sticks), Softened
  • ½ cup gluten-free oats (could add more if using a large pan and trying to make a larger quantity of topping)
  • 1-3 tablespoons flaxseed meal (optional, adds some nutrients and no one will taste)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  1. Peel, core and slice the apples, and place in a large bowl. Tip: don't worry if some of the apples are in different sizes or shapes. It's a very forgiving recipe!
  2. Add cinnamon to the apples and stir to combine.
  3. Place apples in a baking pan (any shape, approximately 9-10 inch -- this is a 10 inch round, I've used 11 x 7 rectangle and 8x8 square -- it's a forgiving recipe!).
Crumb Topping
  1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and with a pastry cutter or your hands (preferably) mix the crumb topping together.
Assemble & Bake
  1. With your hands "drop" pieces of crumble over the apples until it's covered
  2. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until topping slightly golden and apples tender. TIP: Check at 30 minutes and if the crumble is getting too brown and you want apples to cook longer, cover with foil and continue baking another 5- 10 minutes)
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