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Comfort Food: Apple Crisp Edition

Apple crisp isn’t going to change your life.¬† I can promise you that.

But what it might do is make you feel like everything is all right with your world; that your insides are warm and fuzzy and nothing bad can happen.  And that nothing makes you feel better than ice cream melting into cinnamon and nutmeg with warm apples and crunchy-buttery oats and nuts.

Apple crisp is a comfort food, my friends.  At least in my house it is.  My mom always makes at least one apple crisp every fall, and when I was a freshman at college she drove six hours to visit with a pan of still-warm apple crisp to help me move in the right way.

And that is comforting.

Apple Crisp (makes enough to serve a large crowd, or have lots of leftovers to be warmed up later)

for the filling:

  • 10-12 mixed varieties of apples (Empire, Pink Lady, Granny Smith, Braeburn…), peeled, cored, and cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 2 T lemon or lime juice
  • 1 t cinnamon

for the topping:

  • 1 C whole-wheat flour (I was out, so I used all-purpose)
  • 3/4 C almond meal
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 1 C whole walnuts
  • 1 C old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 C butter (1 stick, chilled)
  • 2 T maple syrup
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • freshly grated nutmeg (about 1/2 t)

Preheat¬†the oven to 350 degrees.¬† The first big step is to peel, core, and chop the apples–and this step is much easier when you have one of those nifty apple corer¬†and slicer things.¬† I do, thank goodness.¬† Mix in the sugar, spices, and lemon or lime.¬† Pour the apple mixture into a large dish–mine is 10′ x 15′.¬† The apples should come right up to the top (but don’t worry, they’ll cook down later).¬† Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the ingredients for the topping.¬† Cut the butter (it’s better if it is a bit chilled) into small pieces into the bowl.¬† Use your hands for the easiest mixing, blending the flours into the butter until it is the texture of sandy pebbles…if that makes any sense.¬†

Crumble the mixture over the top of the apples, and dust with freshly grated nutmeg.  Bake on the middle rack until the apples are soft and bubbly and the top is golden brown, about an hour.

Please, please, oh please, serve with ice cream.  Warm.

And when you reheat this, do it in the oven and not the microwave.  Your mother will thank you.  And so will your belly.

One of the best parts of this is the big walnuts–and that’s coming from someone who’s not a big fan of nuts inside desserts.

And if you’ve had a hard day at school, or a long day at work, or¬†a fight with your hubs, or you are feeling down for any reason, really…this is your dessert.


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  1. Danielle

    I totally needed this apple crisp today. Just reading the post and thinking about making this crisp in the near future made me feel a lot better. Thanks!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      that’s exactly the feeling I wanted to get across–I hope you feel better!

  2. breanna

    Aw, apples remind me of you Lauren, love ya!

  3. frugalfeeding

    First of all what amazing photos. Literally amazing. I can’t wait to get a properly decent camera! Think me and my girlfriend are going to go halvies on one eventually. Also, what a cute cat and what a fantastic looking crisp. Nice one!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      Thanks! Photography is one of the hobbies that developed alongside blogging (and trust me, the camera and the lens DEFINITELY make a difference in what you can and can’t do)

  4. Chrissy

    Just found your blog by way of a tumblr post. So glad I did! Absolutely fantastic. Can’t wait to try some of these recipes!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      glad to hear it! I hope you like them! :)

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  6. Tasha Orshoff

    I made a mini apple crisp the night I saw this. It really hit the spot!

  7. Lauren @ hey, who cut the cheese?

    This looks and sounds soo good!! I’ve been looking forward to baking some autumn-inspired dishes, so I can’t wait to try it out.

  8. Bobbi Marshall

    I was hooked after the kitty picture….the apple crisp looks divine. I can’t wait to try it. Love your blog!

  9. Anna @ hiddenponies

    Yum, I just can never get sick of apple crisp. Every time I see it on a restaurant menu I am tempted to order it, even though I make it regularly all year long! Yours looks delicious, just as I expected :)

  10. laura @ in widening circles

    I found you off a Tastespotting search and have to say that even without the oats (which I plain forgot to add, oops!) this was totally fantastic. I also decreased the sugar (to 1/2 cup packed) and used molasses instead of maple syrup because that’s what I had on hand. Thanks so much! Delicious!

  11. Alexis Babb

    Hello there!

    I have been following your blog for quite some time now and everytime I come to read a new post… my jaw drops and my mouth starts watering! I absolutely love your recipes…I haven’t tried them yet, but they’re simple, healthy, and that’s right up my alley!

    I am a college student myself that loves to cook but I’m currently studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain for a semester. Reading your blog makes me look forward to when I get to use my kitchen in my first apartment (I move in January!)

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      Thanks so much! I read your comment to Fritz ’cause I loved it so much! Don’t rush your time in Spain…in fact, write down lots of recipes so that when you do come back, I can learn some authentic Spanish cuisine from you!

      1. Alexis Babb

        Sure no problem!

        So far, I have an absolutely delicious Tortilla de Patatas recipe that I think you’d like. Essentially, its a Spanish Omelette made of eggs and potatoes. Every Wednesday night, my senora’s house cleaner prepares it and it’s absolutely out of this world (and I’m not a huge fan of either eggs or potatoes). I did learn a variation of it with butternut squash and I think it’d be a great Fall dish. I’ll let you know how it goes!

        Hopefully I’ll have more recipes to send to you later. Hope you’re well!

        1. Lauren Zietsman

          oh my gosh that sounds amazing! can’t wait to try it (and i love BOTH eggs and potatoes!)

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