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  • Overview
  • Apples + Topping
  • Too Darn Hot?
  • Important to Know
  • Apple Crisp Recipes
  • Beyond Crisp to Pandowdy et Al

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Everything You Need to Know About

Apple Crisp

Fruit crisps, such as apple, are the easiest and most satisfying desserts to make. At their simplest they are nothing more than sweetened fruit -- sometimes thickened with a bit of starch -- sprinkled with a crunchy oat or nut topping, and baked to bubbly deliciousness in a hot oven. They’re a classic fall dessert.

Start by peeling and slicing apples -- use baking apples, such as Rome, Cortland, or Empire, and mix in one or two Macintosh for the classic “apple-y” flavor (think applesauce). Toss the apple slices with a bit of flour, spices, and a sweetener -- usually sugar. Adding a little lemon juice brightens the flavor. Put the filling in a baking dish and start the topping: Cream together butter and sugar, then work in flour and oats or nuts plus a bit of salt. Bake at a moderate temperature until bubbling and golden brown. Apple crisp is best served warm from the oven –- we like it topped with a scoop of vanilla, cinnamon, or caramel ice cream.

Fruit crisps, such as apple, are the easiest and most satisfying desserts to make. At their simplest they are nothing more than sweetened fruit -- sometimes thickened with a bit of starch -- sprinkled with a crunchy oat or nut topping, and baked to bubbly deliciousness in a hot oven. They’re a classic fall dessert.

Start by peeling and slicing apples -- use baking apples, such as Rome, Cortland, or Empire, and mix in one or two Macintosh for the...

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To create a good texture for the apple crisp, the general rule of thumb is three parts fruit to one part topping. You can also swap out the apples for pears, nectarines, or peaches. From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).

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