Apple Crisp

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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.

Difficulty: Easy

Hands-on: 25 minutesTotal: 1 hour 25 minutes

Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 8 cups peeled, cored, sliced apples, cut into ½-inch slices
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup ground nuts (walnuts or almonds), ground in a food processor or chopped finely
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 12 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut in chunks

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a bowl, toss the apples with 2 tablespoons flour and ½ cup sugar. Turn the mixture into an ungreased 9" x 11" baking dish. Set aside.
  • In a bowl combine the nuts, 1¾ 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.