There’s just something so comforting about the combination of apples, cinnamon and sugar, especially as the weather starts to dip. In this post, I’ll walk you through how to make this easy Apple Crisp with Oat Crumble topping recipe, which is perfect on its own or topped with ice cream, for that cozy, warm-and cold combination. Keep reading to see how making apple crisp from scratch is easier than you think!
Is apple crisp the same as apple crumble?
Apple crisp and apple crumble are very similar, with the topping being the main difference. Apple crisp is typically made with a crumb topping that includes oats and/or nuts, whereas apple crumble is made with a flour based, streusel like topping. This easy apple crisp recipe uses a combination of both oats and flour.
What are the best apples for apple crisp?
Wondering how do you make apple crisp without getting soggy? It’s all in the type of apples you use. The best apples for apple crisp are those that can keep a firm consistency during baking. Some firm varieties that are great for this recipe are:
- Red Delicious
- Granny Smith
- Pink Lady
I like to peel the apples when making this easy apple crisp, but it’s a matter of personal preference. However, leaving the skin on will give a chewier texture to the apple filling, and I prefer a firmer texture. I also just chop the apples up, since it’s quicker. Just make sure they’re not chopped too thick or they won’t bake as thoroughly.
If you want to save even more time, use this convenient apple peeler and corer. It peels, slices and cores in one simple motion, and can be used for peeling potatoes as well.
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How do you make apple crisp from scratch?
This recipe uses just a few simple ingredients, and it’s super easy to make. You most likely have most of the ingredients on hand already:
- Lemon Juice
- Brown Sugar
After preheating the oven to 350°F, I start out mixing my dry ingredients first, which in this case are the ones for the oat topping. In a bowl, combine the oats, flour, salt, cinnamon and brown sugar.
Next, grease an 8×8 baking pan with butter or nonstick spray. Combine the apples with the lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Spread this apple mix evenly in the pan.
Many crisps use cold butter cut into the dry ingredients, but since I don’t really have a minute to spare in my day, I use melted butter. It tastes just as good, trust me! After adding the melted butter to the topping ingredients, combine well until the mixture is nice and crumbly, but don’t overmix.
Then, sprinkle the topping mixture over the apples evenly, making sure you cover all the apples. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and the apple filling is bubbling. Easy, huh?
Do you eat apple crisp hot or cold?
I like to eat my apple crisp warm from the oven, but if you have leftovers, you can store it in the refrigerator and eat it cold later on. However, for me personally, eating it warm just feels cozier, and it’s perfect for pairing with ice cream for that combination of hot and cold.
How do you reheat apple crisp?
You can reheat apple crisp in the oven (350° F), for 10-15 minutes, in order to preserve the crunchy topping. You can also reheat it in the microwave (in a microwavable container, at 15-20 second intervals), but the topping might not be as crispy.
How to serve an apple crisp
This easy apple crisp recipe tastes just as good on its own as it does paired with ice cream. You can also top it with whipped cream or caramel sauce. Like I mentioned above, I like it best when it’s served warm, but after it’s been stored in the fridge, it tastes just as good cold.
Easy Apple Crisp with Oat Crumble
- 6 medium apples, peeled and chopped
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1½ Tbs sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp nutmeg
- ⅓ cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- ⅓ cup light brown sugar
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
- Pre-heat oven to 350° F
- Mix the dry ingredients first in a bowl: oats, flour, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon.
- Add the melted butter and combine well until topping is crumbly.
- Combine chopped apples with lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar.
- Add the apples to a greased 8 x 8 baking pan.
- Crumble the oat topping evenly over the apples. Bake for 30 minutes or until apple filling is bubbling and oat topping is golden brown.
- Serve warm with ice cream, whipped cream or caramel sauce if desired.
Hi! I’m Melissa, Registered Dietitian and mother of two dragons. When I’m not talking nutrition you can find me rolling around the floor with my kids, sewing, crafting, cooking or missing the 90s (seriously, music just isn’t the same). Read More…