Apple Crisp

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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.

Apple Crisp

Yield: 8 servings (or 4 generous servings)

Prep Time:20 min

Cook Time:30 min


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.


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  • clarissa nicely wrote:

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

  • tb wrote:

    subbed gluten free oats and flour and this is great!

  • Judy wrote:

    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!

  • Crystal Stephensen wrote:

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

  • Ward wrote:

    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.

  • Emelreem wrote:

    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!

  • John Doe wrote:

    Just made this dish and it turned out awesome! Good

  • The Sadder But Wiser Girl wrote:

    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!

  • jennym wrote:

    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!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel wrote:

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

  • Jill @ A Mom With A Lesson Plan wrote:

    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!

  • Leah wrote:

    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!

  • Shelby in NC wrote:

    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.

  • Lisa Cornely wrote:

    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.