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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).



Additional Topping Add-ons

For the Fruit

For the Topping



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.

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How would you rate this recipe?
  • victoria_slowek
    25 MAR, 2017
    Used 4 granny smith so the sugar amount in the recipe was perfect, not too sweet. I would make this again.
  • MS11067964
    9 NOV, 2016
    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.
  • Almu P
    30 SEP, 2013
    Lovely, my husband loved it :)
  • jvalentin
    24 MAR, 2013
    Really good! My family loved it! Excited to try all the variations.
  • Celia Rodee
    2 JAN, 2013
    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!
  • casaortiz3
    16 DEC, 2011
    My family loved it!!! I can't wait to try the other fruit variations.
  • hcrossn
    28 FEB, 2011
    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.
  • glorious5
    24 FEB, 2011
    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.
  • isabelbrinck
    15 JAN, 2011
    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.

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