Almond Apple Crisp
Soft, spiced apples and a crunchy almond and oat topping makes this crumble a total crowd pleasing dessert that works well served up with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.
What Is The Difference Between A Crumble And A Crisp?
You may be wondering what is the difference between a crisp and a crumble and that is a fair question, they are incredibly alike.
A crumble is a type of dessert consisting of fruit baked with a crumble topping. The topping is usually made with butter, flour and sugar, with the option to include nuts.
A crisp is also a baked fresh fruit dessert, but the streusel topping is less dense and usually includes oats. The oats will crisp up during baking, while crumble toppings are more cake-y.
What Are The Ingredients For Apple Crisp?
Red apples: For this recipe we used red Gala apples, but truly you can use any kind of fresh apple.
Oats: We find old fashioned rolled oats work best texture wise, but you can use quick oats if it's all you have.
Sugar: You'll need both white and brown sugar for this apple crisp. White is used for the apple mixture and you'll need brown sugar for the topping.
Spices: Cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg give are the magic trio here.
Flour: A mix of all-purpose flour and oats is the base of the topping.
Butter: To prevent the butter from melting you will need to use ice cold butter, take it right from the refrigerator and cut it into medium sized chunks.
Cornstarch: Cornstarch helps thicken the apple mixture and create a saucy apple filling.
Almond: For a deliciously crunchy, nutty apple crisp.
Lemon juice: Lemon juice helps slow down the browning process of the apples.
Why You'll Love This Apple Crisp Recipe:
Easier than apple pie: Everyone loves apple pie, but a homemade apple pie is a labor of love. If you're looking for something less time consuming with less washing up, this apple crisp swaps pie crust for an oat streusel topping.
No fuss ingredients: If you like to bake, chances are you'll already have most of the necessary ingredients saving you a dreaded trip to the grocery store!
Short cooling time: As delicious as apple pie is it can be hard to wait for it to cool down first before digging in, especially when that delicious aroma is swirling around your kitchen. Apple crisp is less dense, so you'll be able delve in sooner.
It's delicious of course: Warm gooey apples and a chewy, crunchy sweet topping? This delicious dessert is a cold weather must.
How To Make Apple Crisp:
Prepare the apple mixture: Peel and slice the apples into medium sized chunks. Put them in a casserole dish and mix with lemon juice, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, sugar and cornstarch.
Prepare the topping: Mix all the dry ingredients minus the chopped almonds. Scatter your cold cubes of butter on top of the mixture and use a fork or your fingers to work until the mixture is crumbly.
Combine the two: Sprinkle the prepared topping evenly over the apples in an even layer and scatter the chopped almond over the top.
And finally, bake! Bake it for 50 to 60 mins until the top is golden brown and the apples are soft. The timing here will depend on the size of your casserole dish.
Almond Apple Crisp
Warm, gooey spiced apples and a crunchy almond-oat struesel topping make this apple crisp an amazing no-fuss dessert that everyone will enjoy. Easier than apple pie but just as delicious!
6 large apples
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tbsp cornstarch
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsalted butter, ice cold
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped almond
2 cups vanilla ice cream for serving
Preheat the oven to 175C. Prepare a large casserole pan for the dessert.
First, prepare the apples. Peel, core and cut the apples to a medium chunk, not too small or too big.
Place the chopped apples in the casserole dish and add the lemon juice, cinnamon, ground nutmeg, sugar and cornstarch. Use a large spoon to toss the apples until they are well coated.
To prepare the topping, mix dry ingredients except for the chopped almonds. Scatter the chopped pieces of cold butter on top of the mixture. Use a fork or your fingers, until the mixture is crumbly.
Sprinkle the prepared topping over the apples in an even layer. Scatter the chopped almonds on the top of the apple crisp.
Bake for 50-60 mins, until the top is golden brown and the apples are soft. The timing depends on the size of your casserole dish.
Remove the apple crisp from the oven and let it cool for about 15 mins before serving.
Enjoy the apple crisp warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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