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This Apple Crisp recipe provides another alternative to making a pie crust. It’s yummy and a bit crunchy and easy to make.

 

What’s a crisp and what’s a crumble? Often the terms are used interchangeably. According to The Joy of Cooking, a crisp has a topping of butter, sugar, and flour, while a crumble is the British name for a crisp that adds oatmeal to the topping. Other definitions say just the opposite!

In my experience, most things called crisps (like this one) use oatmeal. So call it what you like, but just make it!

A shallow baking dish, about 10 inches in diameter, buttered
5-6 apples
1 TB lemon juice
4 TB butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Peel, core, and slice apples. Toss with lemon juice and place in buttered pan.

Combine sugar, flour, oats, and cinnamon in a bowl. Work together with a pastry blender or fingertips until it looks like coarse meal. Add nuts. Add melted butter and mix well until it's all moist.

Sprinkle topping evenly over apples and bake 45-50 minutes or until apples are tender and it bubbles around the edges.

Tips from Jane
— You can substitute brown sugar for white sugar in a crisp topping.

— Nuts add some crunch and may be welcome additions.

—Many crisp/crumble recipes use soft butter rather than melted. I find it's easier to blend in the melted butter, but you're fine with soft butter if you prefer.

— Some crisps call for considerably more butter. If you prefer a richer topping, increase the butter by 2-4 tablespoons.



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