My family’s easy recipe for apple crisp is also my go-to recipe! Baked, gooey, buttery apples with crispy-crunchy crumbles of cinnamon sugar.
If there is a single recipe that embodies the spirit of fall baking . . . it is good old fashioned apple crisp. But before we get to the good stuff . . . the crisp v. crumble debate.
Is apple crisp the same as apple crumble?
Technically . . . no. A crumble is basically a crisp without oats. So technically . . . this is a recipe for apple crumble, because it is topped with little crumbles of cinnamon sugar, held together by flour and butter. *shrugs* meh. My family called it apple crisp. So crisp it shall be. 🙂
Except that my family has a secret about our apple crisp recipe. It’s not . . . totally . . . from scratch.
Ssssshhhhhhhhhh. I know, I know. Kaela, you’re a baker and box mixes are somewhere below frozen waffles on the list of thou-shalt-not-eat-while-thou-has-flour-in-the-house. Except guess what? Nobody cares. Lol. In my family, if it tastes good, then it’s worth baking! Period. End of story. Have a nice day.
So our apple crisp recipe is a whopping three ingredients. Four – if you count water. (I don’t.) Apples. Krusteaz Cinnamon Crumb Cake box mix. Pecans. BOOM. (For the record. This is not a sponsored post. This is just how the Ray family does fall deliciousness.)
Trust me on this and you will never go back. Family friends were always asking my mom for the recipe and how to make her apple crisp. She’d always smile while they thanked her for slaving away on it. But instead . . . it’s just three easy steps.
1: Slice apples and throw in a 9″x13″ baking dish.
2: Combine the “cake mix” bag with the “topping” bag from the Krusteaz box mix, some chopped pecans, and 3-4 tablespoons of water. Then scatter across the apples. (Yep – that’s right. This apple crisp is made without oats.)
3: Bake it up and don’t forget to top it with vanilla ice cream!
Tips for Baking Apple Crisp
What apples are best for apple crisp?
Granny smith or another tart variety, such as Newtown Pippin. They hold their shape during baking better so that they’re tender and soft but don’t turn to mush.
How do you slice apples for apple crisp?
2 Options: by hand or by using an apple peeler and corer. If by hand, then use a vegetable peeler to peel the apples. Then use a paring knife to slice the apple in half, starting with the stem and moving straight down through the apple. Core the apples. Then place each apple half onto its cut edge and slice into quarter-inch thick slices.
But if you’re like me and love lazy baking, I highly recommend purchasing this apple peeler/corer that I own. Shortens the job to five minutes and leaves you with peels and cores that are perfect for making apple butter.
How long is apple crisp good for?
3 days in the refrigerator. After that, it starts to get too soggy. In order to maintain as much “crispness” as possible, let it cool 100% before you put it in a container and chill it.
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