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).



Additional Topping Add-ons
For the Fruit
For the Topping


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Position a rack in the center of the oven.

  • To prepare the fruit, place the lemon juice in a large bowl. Peel, core, and cut the apples into 1/2-inch wedges, tossing the pieces in the lemon juice as they are cut, to prevent browning.

  • To the apples, add the granulated sugar, cinnamon, and flour. Toss to combine and pour into a buttered 8-by-8-inch square or oval baking pan. Scatter the butter on top.

  • Make the topping in the same bowl. Combine the oats, brown sugar, nuts, flour, salt, and optional spices. Cut in the butter using a pastry blender, a fork, or two knives. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the fruit and bake on the center rack for 40 to 45 minutes, until the topping is dark golden and the apples are bubbling. Cool slightly on a wire cooling rack. Scoop out with a large spoon to serve in bowls.


For a pear version of this dish, use four or five Bosc pears. Switch lemon juice for lime, omit the cinnamon, and double the ginger in the topping. For peaches or nectarines, peel and slice 6 pieces of fruit, and toss in orange juice instead of lemon. Add 1 teaspoon of orange zest to the topping and increase the flour to 1/4 cup.

Reviews (9)

139 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 41
  • 3 star values: 53
  • 2 star values: 19
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
Used 4 granny smith so the sugar amount in the recipe was perfect, not too sweet. I would make this again.
Rating: 3 stars
Overall, this is a very good apple crisp recipe. I made it as is and would make the following changes next time - reduce the sugar - it's cloyingly sweet. I would also increase the cinnamon by half again and may even double it. I doubled the entire recipe because I was taking it to a party. Next time I would not double the topping, it was way too much. The apples should be the star, not the topping. Would I make it again? Yes, with adjustments.
Rating: 5 stars
Lovely, my husband loved it :)
Rating: 5 stars
Really good! My family loved it! Excited to try all the variations.
Rating: 5 stars
I have now made this a few times. I used 2 granny smiths and 2 macintosh apples, plus one bosc pear. I used all of the optional additions to the toppings include a few grinds of black pepper. This recipe is DELICIOUS and is the best Apple Crisp I have ever eaten. Its in my permanent file!
Rating: Unrated
My family loved it!!! I can't wait to try the other fruit variations.
Rating: Unrated
I made the pear crisp as shown on the show. It was delicious but the top burnt a little. Next time I think I will try covering it for 1/2 the cook time.
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Absolutely delicious. I used 2 granny smiths, 2 macintoshes and 1 brown pear. Yummy good on this cold February day. I might have to have another bowl full. I like it warm with cold milk or cream over it.
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Very easy to make. Let's call it a "casual" presentation to avoid calling it messy. Yummy but I will try using a little less sugar next time. It didn't need quite so much.