Classic apple crisp (photo courtesy Urban Accents).
Looking for a weekend baking project?
This easy dessert is as popular as apple pie, and easier to make. It is called a crisp because the topping, which contains oats (oatmeal), gets crispy when baked.
In the U.K., the same dish is called a crumble. Take a look at similar fruit dishes with different toppings: the betty, cobbler, grunt, pandowdy and others.
For the apples, select Braeburn, Empire or Gala.
Prep time is 15 minutes, cook time is 35 minutes.
1. PREHEAT the oven to 375°F.
2. MAKE the topping. In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, salt and 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar. Cut the butter into the flour, using a pastry blender or two knives, until mixture is the texture of coarse meal. Add the oats; use your hands to toss and squeeze the mixture until large, moist clumps form. Transfer to the freezer to chill.
3. TOSS the apples in a clean large bowl with the lemon juice, cinnamon and the remaining granulated sugar. Transfer to a shallow 2-quart baking dish, and sprinkle with topping mixture. Place baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until golden and bubbling, 55 to 65 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.
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