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Apple Crisp

Try as I might, fall isn’t arriving yet in San Diego.  Let’s be honest here, we don’t really see much of any season here in San Diego.  The sun shows up much more often than not, and rain clouds (or any clouds at all) are just a passing fancy.  I’m strangely happy on dreary, cool days, desperate for a change… any change in the weather.  The last couple of days we’ve had a few clouds (yay!) with a spritz of rain or two spitting out the humidity in the air.  Fall weather calls for apples and baking.  I haven’t been apple-picking yet this year, so I opted for a mass-purchase of Gala apples at Costco instead.  Whipping up a super simple recipe for Apple Crisp was the right thing to do.

There isn’t anything quite like warm apple crisp, fresh out of the oven with a large scoop of ice cream served on top and melting.  It’s just about the easiest dessert to make with fresh apples.  Here’s how to make it:

Peel and slice 4 to 5 medium-large apples (I used Gala, but Braeburn, Cox’s Orange Pippin, Granny Smith, Jonathon, or Golden Russet work well too).

Spread them out in a 8×10-inch dish.

Squeeze fresh lemon juice on top and toss the apples in the juice.

Sprinkle a “crumb” mixture on top (butter + brown sugar + oats + cinnamon + flour + salt).

Bake until everything is nice and gooey and the crumb is a bit crispy on top.

It’s best served warm- and that’s okay because there’s no way you will be able to hold off on eating it as it comes out of the oven.  But it’s also very easy to warm up later.  And don’t even think about serving it without vanilla ice cream.

P.S. I’m really not bashing San Diego because I absolutely DO love living in this glorious city.  We have dream weather here year-round.  But I do get visions of how nice it would be to live in Seattle or New England and really experience what seasons are all about year after year.  I suppose I might think differently if I were there in the dead of winter, right?!  I suppose for now I’ll just have to satisfy the seasonal craving by baking with apples on cloudy days.

Is it fall yet where you live??  Do you get those crazy, colorful trees with leaves flying about and gathering on the streets?  Are you wearing plaid shirts and cute boots on cool evenings?  I’m totally jealous.

Yield: 8 servings (or 4 generous servings)

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 30 min

Apple Crisp


4 to 5 cups apples (4 to 5 medium), peeled and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/3 cup Gold Medal® All-Purpose Flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly spray 8x10-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.

2. Spread apples in the bottom of the baking dish. Sprinkle with lemon juice.

3. In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt. Pour in the melted butter and use a fork to combine. Use your fingers to sprinkle the crumb mixture over the apples.

4. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes- or until bubbly and hot.


*Great served warm with vanilla ice cream.

*Cover and refrigerate leftovers. Reheat leftovers to serve.


55 Responses to “Apple Crisp”

  1. postedSep 2, 2009 1:58 PM
    joan benedetti

    Great dessert – easy to prepare and a good way to use the apples on my tree that all seem to ripen at the same time! I served it with kool whip, but vanilla ice cream sounds delicious.

  2. postedSep 10, 2012 6:06 PM

    Apple crisp will always be a favorite of mine, and your recipe is lovely! Can’t wait to try 🙂

  3. postedSep 10, 2012 6:19 PM

    We finally got a taste of fall this weekend before the temps went up again. It was glorious! I was too busy to cool anything, but I desperately wanted to whip something with apples up. I think a crisp will be first on my list now 🙂

  4. postedSep 10, 2012 7:11 PM

    Wow Lori, what a great picture! It looks so delicious! Now I want some! Great job!

  5. postedSep 10, 2012 7:14 PM

    I’m loving your Californian weather, I never want to go back to cold and rainy England! Although that doesn’t mean that I won’t happily eat a bowl of this right now 😉

  6. postedSep 10, 2012 7:42 PM

    This looks great. With fall slowly being felt here in NYC I will be apple picking soon, I will be sure to try this!

  7. postedSep 10, 2012 8:13 PM

    mmmmmmmm I have loved apple crisp since I was a little girl. It totally is comfort food for me.

  8. postedSep 10, 2012 8:44 PM

    It’s hotter now in San Diego than it was all summer – go figure, right!

    I love the looks of this crisp, Lori! It reminds me of how my mom makes hers and it looks so good!

  9. postedSep 10, 2012 8:54 PM

    It’s too hot in LA! I’m dying here! I think I need to make this apple crisp pronto and have a bowl full of fall 🙂

  10. postedSep 11, 2012 3:33 AM
    Maria in NJ

    I have to admit I do like the change of seasons, right now here in NJ the humidity has ended and the skies are bright blue, the evenings are cool…It is nice, but I like winter too, staying at home by the fireplace, just wonderful…life is good…m

  11. postedSep 11, 2012 3:48 AM
    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Apple crisp is one of my favourite fall desserts!

  12. postedSep 11, 2012 4:17 AM

    Apple crisp is ALWAYS the right thing to do! LOOKS GOOD!

  13. postedSep 11, 2012 4:45 AM

    Perfect for fall!

  14. postedSep 11, 2012 4:46 AM

    Love apple crisp, it is my favorite dessert!! I love putting it on my yogurt, oatmeal and eating it cold. I love it!!! Now i must make this!! Thank you!!

  15. postedSep 11, 2012 5:52 AM

    Apple crisp is one of my favorite dishes. So easy and insanely delicious!

  16. postedSep 11, 2012 6:01 AM

    Appley,Appley,Appley goodness. Yummy,yummy,yummy in my tummy! I’ve been dreaming of apple crisp recently. As all my dreams are sugar-filled, will have to put this on a to-do list!

    May all your culinary adventures be sugar-induced,
    The Teen Princess of Buttermilk Springs

  17. postedSep 11, 2012 6:33 AM

    Baking your seasons, it almost as good as living them 🙂

  18. postedSep 11, 2012 6:33 AM
  19. postedSep 11, 2012 7:16 AM

    I didn’t realize how much I was craving some warm apple cinnamon-y goodness until I saw this post!

  20. postedSep 11, 2012 7:26 AM

    My mom and I share a favorite dessert – apple crisp! Every year we make it together so whenever I enjoy it for dessert, I’m always reminded of home. My favorite dessert in the world. So happy you made it Lori!

  21. postedSep 11, 2012 7:34 AM

    Oh man… will try this when I come back from vacation!

  22. postedSep 11, 2012 8:21 AM

    So classic. This makes me want to go to my grandma’s house, and just sit and talk and eat apple crisp. Wonderful recipe today!

  23. postedSep 11, 2012 8:25 AM

    I totaly love Apple Crisps and I will be giving this a try! Thanks for sharing.

  24. postedSep 11, 2012 8:51 AM

    We just moved to the midwest from Cali and we’re enjoying an actual season change! Such a treat (just like this dessert!) 🙂

  25. postedSep 11, 2012 10:17 AM

    This apple crisp looks YUM! I am all about Fall baking…thank heavens it’s September. 🙂 Would love if you linked up sometime to my new recipe swap on Tuesdays:

  26. postedSep 11, 2012 10:36 AM
    Joanna from Colorado

    Mmmm, this looks great! I live in Colorado Springs, and fall is slowly emerging. Our nights are getting down in temps, and the leaves are beginning to change a bit. October is REALLY the time when it hits, though!

  27. postedSep 11, 2012 3:04 PM

    This post made me want apple crisp SO much! I might just have to try this recipe out this weekend!

  28. postedSep 11, 2012 3:45 PM

    Mmmm.. Major apple cravings!!

  29. postedSep 11, 2012 5:57 PM

    I love apple crisp. It is one of my favorite fall desserts, but my family isn’t fans 🙁

  30. postedSep 12, 2012 5:14 AM

    Is it fall where I live??? Ha! We dont ever get fall..I wish…..sigh!
    Love the apple crisp..I make mine very similar.

  31. postedSep 12, 2012 5:35 AM

    Fall is fast approaching here in the NE – but if it’s not in your neck of the woods don’t get discouraged – Fall can also be a frame of mind! Love your apple crisp!

  32. postedSep 12, 2012 9:02 AM

    This looks very good and comforting.

  33. postedSep 12, 2012 11:37 AM

    This recipe looks so good! I love apple crisp or anything with apples. I am saddened because i have always baked in the fall with Dixon Champagne apples. I have to tell you that our most famous apple farm in NM which had the best apples in the world and the only Champagne apples burned and flooded in 2011 in the worst forest fires that New Mexico ever had. This was a such heartbreaker for NM because they were in business since 1944. No other apple can take its place.

  34. postedSep 12, 2012 5:06 PM

    I live in New York State and I absolutely love the fall. The fall is just starting to show it’s face here. Apple and pumpkin desserts are always welcomed here. Your crisp looks delish!

  35. postedSep 13, 2012 5:09 AM
    Donna Amis Davis

    I mark the seasons in San Diego by what blooms when. Poinsettias in December, azaleas in March, the purple jacaranda trees in June, Pampas grass flumes in September.

    • postedSep 13, 2012 7:47 AM

      good idea!

  36. postedSep 13, 2012 7:46 AM

    If it helps, in northern Indiana, when the lake-effect snow takes over, I can shovel the driveway three entire times in the same day. Does that help make San Diego look a little better to you?!? (Of course it’s my fault that the driveway is 350′ long…) I love apple crisp and like to use my applesauce combo: Golden Delicious, Jonathon, and Macintosh apples! Thanks for the reminder!

  37. postedSep 14, 2012 5:46 AM

    Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post 🙂

  38. postedSep 14, 2012 11:46 AM

    My, my, my!! This looks like the epitome of Fall in dessert form!

  39. postedSep 15, 2012 1:41 AM

    I’m a HUGE fan of crisps. I’ve never been a pie crust fan so to me this is better than a pie. I love to add other seasonal fruits in as well, but sometimes, especially now when the apples are freshest, just good old apple is enough.

    Thanks for reminding me it’s time to bake!

  40. postedSep 15, 2012 8:04 AM

    I used to live in Carlsbad, CA and DID miss the seasons on occasion but I would give a million dollars to live there again. It would probably cost that to live there LOL. But why are people not ever satisfied with what we have what we think we wanted.? Now I long for that Southern California weather when it is 106º in the summer or 17º at night in the winter.

    More to the point, I think Apple Crisp is one of my favorite desserts. I think I like a little bit of apple with a LOT of topping !

  41. postedSep 17, 2012 5:09 PM
    Lisa Cornely

    Delicious apple crisp recipe. I use granny smith apples. Its perfect served still warm with vanilla ice cream or with fresh whipped cream and a sprinke of cinnamon and sugar.

  42. postedSep 19, 2012 5:08 AM
    Shelby in NC

    I’ve been blessed to live in four seasons my entire life! I even like a rainy day in summer. I have spotted a couple of yellow leaves this week- makes me happy. I am making your crisp today! Here we love using a mixture of different apples which always include Golden Delicious. Thanks for the recipe and great photos.

  43. postedSep 30, 2012 4:39 PM

    I assembled this before we had dinner out last night and popped in the oven when we returned home. It was delicious even with my adjustment to only use 1/2 of the butter, topped with a scoop of peanut butter and plain greek yogurt (no ice cream on hand) and I thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks for the recipe!

  44. postedOct 3, 2012 12:53 PM

    I’m a little north of San Diego and we are still hitting triple digits. I’m am packing this recipe away for the second we can turn the AC off!

  45. postedOct 10, 2012 5:45 PM

    Apple crisp is seriously one of my favorites! It’s a must make dessert, especially this time of year!

  46. postedOct 12, 2012 6:41 PM

    Another great recipe – thank you! I made it with 3/4 cup brown sugar and it’s delicious. Just pulled it out of the oven to cool…couldn’t resist a taste test!

  47. postedOct 14, 2012 10:01 AM

    It’s a chilly gloomy day here in Iowa-perfect for apple crisp! I was looking for a recipe with four apples in it. Going to make this today and I can’t wait!

  48. postedNov 10, 2012 2:46 PM
    John Doe

    Just made this dish and it turned out awesome! Good

  49. postedNov 30, 2012 12:32 AM

    Just made this, actually it’s still in the oven! You all are talking about fall and changes in seasons, you don’t know how lucky you all are that you actually have seasons! Where I live, on a small island, Bahrain, in the Gulf, there’s only one season HOT!!!! and even worse HUMID!!!! We get a few weeks of 68-70*F and then the heat and humidity come back!! I miss seeing those leaves turn and feeling a chill and wearing a sweater! But we get beach weather, so I guess I can’t complain!

  50. postedMar 10, 2013 11:59 AM

    Thanks for this one, as a guy I appreciate the simplicity. I just picked up a bag of golden russet apples at the winter farmers market here in Portland ME, happy to find a good way to use them. Not a real lot of choices for fresh local food up here in late winter.
    BTW, if you’re really hankering for the change of seasons, maybe we could trade for a week sometime. Portland Maine can be nice in the winter… but this winter maybe not so much.

  51. postedMar 18, 2013 6:38 PM
    Crystal Stephensen

    Made this reciepe once before. Turned out super salty. I just omit the salt and it ends up perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  52. postedOct 17, 2013 6:38 PM

    Looks delish! SD is my home. I’ll take it any day over where I’m at right now – Pennsylvania. But fall is nice out here!

  53. postedOct 18, 2013 2:44 PM

    subbed gluten free oats and flour and this is great!

  54. postedNov 9, 2014 12:15 PM
    clarissa nicely

    Never in my life have I tasted or enjoyed Apple crisp as much as I did today. This recipe is perfection. Thank you!

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