My Grandmother’s Apple Crisp

My grandmother had several apple crisp recipes she rotated between but this one was my favorite! It's packed with juicy apples and has the most delicious crumble topping.

My Grandmother’s Apple Crisp

Easy to make & SO YUMMY!

Apple season is one of my favorite parts of Fall!

My entire family loooves apples and we eat them as fast as I can purchase them.

We used to go apple picking but as the boys have gotten older (and busier), I have started getting all our apples at the farmer’s market which is the next best thing, sometimes better!

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The local farmer’s bring their freshest and just picked apples to the farmer’s market each week and I always ask for the crispest and tartest apples which is what my family likes best.

When we’re not eating them straight from the fridge, we’re baking with them! We love Apple Cinnamon Muffins, my Grandmother’s Dutch Apple Cake, and apple crisp!

My grandmother had several Apple Crisp recipes she rotated between and I’ve shared one of them before but this classic is my personal favorite!

Packed with juicy apples and topped with lots of delicious crumble, this apple crisp is classic for a reason… it’s SO YUMMY!

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And it is beyond easy to make!

All you need is lots of apples and a simple crumble topping.

Let’s start with the apples.  You’ll need 7-10 depending on the size and your preference for how filled you like it but we always recommend more apples than less because they shrink when baked.

A note about the apples: With apple crisp, any apple will work but baking apples or 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 (but will still taste great!).

That said, an apple crisp is a great way to use up “older” apples because they are hidden underneath the crumble and will still taste great even if they get a little “mushy” when baked.

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Once you’ve peeled and cut the apples, we mix them with cinnamon, then top it with crumble!

The crumble topping is simply all-purpose gluten-free flour (we use GF Jules All Purpose Flour – Affiliate link), brown sugar, cinnamon  (you could also mix the cinnamon with the apples instead of the crumble), butter or dairy free butter, gluten-free oats, and flax seed meal (optional but gives a nutritional boost and you won’t taste it).

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And the crumble topping couldn’t be easier. You place all the ingredients in one bowl and mix them together by hand or with a pastry cutter.

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I like to make the crumble topping first, then cut the apples so that the apples will have less time to brown but that’s just a preference.

You place the apples in a large pan of any shape you like.

You can see by this photo that my family tends to overload the baking dish with apples because the apples will shrink or “fall down” after baking and settling.

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Then top with a simple crumble topping.

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Bake for 35-40 minutes (your house will smell amazing) and enjoy!

It is super easy to whip up, cozy & perfect way to enjoy Fall apples!

Want a scoop?

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Hope you love it as much as we do!

Scroll down to see the recipe and leave a comment if you try.

Recipe

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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!
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Recipe type: Baking, Dessert, Fall, Holidays
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-Free optional, Nut-Free
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
Apples
  • 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)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
Apples
  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)

 

12 thoughts on “My Grandmother’s Apple Crisp

  1. Love this recipe! Made it a couple weeks ago and made it again today for Thanksgiving. It is really good and way easier than apple pie.

    1. Thanks so much Carolina! I am so happy you love it too and agree, so much easier than pie! So honored to be part of your Thanksgiving table.

  2. Made this recipe, it is amazing!! I doubled the recipe and it came out perfect. Gone in two days, it was a family hit!!!😋

  3. I went apple picking over the weekend and was excited to use the apples! Found this recipe of the apple crisp and decided to bake this! Just finished making it and it looks so delicious!! I also like that the recipe doesn’t feel like it’s unhealthy!

  4. Just made this for a family gathering and I couldn’t help but sneak a test taste (or 5) first. 😉 It is scrumptious! Best apple crisp I’ve ever made!

    1. Oh yes, I did add the juice from half a lemon just because I didn’t have any tart apples. I also threw in few caramels but I will omit them next time because I think it would be best as written. 😉

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