Apple Crisp is a simple classic dessert that's easy to make. If I have a craving for apple pie, but am feeling lazy, I make a crisp instead. It satisfies the pie craving without having to make pastry. The most time consuming part of making this is coring, peeling, and slicing the apples. Even though it is a simple dessert, it can be easily ruined. I like the apples to be tart, with all the sweetness coming from the crisp topping. And the apples should be tender, but never mushy. The topping, the crisp in the apple crisp is important; it should actullay BE crisp, sweet, and buttery.
You can top this dessert with vanilla ice cream, which is wonderful. But I drizzled the warm crisp with salted caramel sauce for a classic caramel apple treat. You can buy caramel sauce, or make your own Salted Caramel Sauce, which is super versatile and great to have in the fridge. For other delicious toppings you can use, try crème fraîche, marscapone cheese, frozen yogurt, or lemon curd, or of course, whipped cream.
This recipe works with any other fruits, too. Peaches, cherries, or berries are delicious in a crisp. I used a skillet to cook this one on my covered outdoor grill, but of course the usual way to do this is in the oven.That's what the recipe instructions are. But, I wanted to show you, that this is a perfect camping dessert, too. You can make the topping ahead of time to pack along. If you're baking of an open fire, use foil to cover the skillet, or if it has a lid, use that.
You can make this recipe ahead, put it in the fridge and reheat if for later, (or eat it cold for breakfast).
Skillet Apple Crisp
- 5-6 large apples, peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, or coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup cold butter
- Put chopped apples into a 9" baking pan, or a cast iron skillet. Add lemon juice and 3 tbsp sugar and toss together.
- In a medium bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon.
- Add butter to oat mixture and combine with a pastry blender or your fingers to make a course dough.
- Sprinkle oat mixture over apples to evenly coat.
- Bake at 375 degrees, until topping is crisp and golden, and apples are bubbling.
- Drizzle with salted caramel sauce. Serve warm or cold