This crisp topping turns any fruit into a warm, crunchy dessert, but apple crisp is the classic. Serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or eat it cold for breakfast with a little cream poured over the top.
Serves: 8Hands-on: 25 minutesTotal: 1 hour 25 minutesDifficulty: Easy
- 8 cups peeled, cored, sliced apples, cut into 1⁄2-inch slices
- 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1 cup ground nuts (walnuts or almonds), ground in a food processor or chopped finely
- 1 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 cup dark brown sugar
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1⁄2 tsp. salt
- 12 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut in chunks
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a bowl, toss the apples with 2 tablespoons flour and 1⁄2 cup sugar. Turn the mixture into an ungreased 9-by-11-inch baking dish. Set aside.
- In a bowl combine the nuts, 1 3⁄4 cups flour, brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Add the butter chunks and mix with an electric mixer to a sandy consistency. When this streusel-like topping clumps together when squeezed in the palm of your hand, it is ready to use.
- Cover the apple mixture evenly with the topping and bake for 1 hour, or until the juices start to bubble up and caramelize. Test to see if the apples are done by inserting a knife in the middle. It should cut through easily.
- Remove crisp from oven and cut around the sides to loosen. Cut into squares. Serve warm. This can also be baked ahead of time and reheated later.