Crispy apple is an American dish of traditional British apple chips – a dessert that involves freshly baked, seasoned applesauce covered in streusel.
The crunchy and crumbly topping is a German invention. In classic British applesauce, also popular in Australia and New Zealand, this streusel is often brown sugar and butter, held together as crumbs with flour. American Crispy Apples takes this concept and goes even further by adding rolled oats.
Although there is a difference between brittle and frizzy, it is worth noting that the names are often used interchangeably these days. The recipe below is for an American apple crisp, as shown above, but you can also substitute the apples for other delicious fresh fruits, such as pears, summer berries, peaches, and rhubarb.
Alternatively, try this recipe for apple and pear crumble or this recipe for gourmet apples with calvados.
apple crisp tips
Before diving first into the recipe below, it’s worth pointing out a few tips.
First, choose crunchy and tart apples. These will keep their shape and won’t get too wet. Golden Delicious are an excellent choice, as are Granny Smith, Empire, Honey Crisp, Braeburn, and Cortland apples.
Second, don’t be afraid to be creative. There’s no reason why you can’t add a little ginger, nutmeg, or any other spice of your choice. Dried or candied fruit can also work as a treat.
Third, if caramel is your thing, substitute granulated sugar for the darkest, brownest thing you can find.
Crispy apple recipe
- 6 apples, peeled and sliced
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- oats cup
- All-purpose flour cup
- 1 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes
- a pinch of salt
- Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
- Butter an 8 x 8 baking dish and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, stir in chopped apple, granulated sugar, lemon juice, and ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Once blended, transfer the contents of the mixing bowl to a buttered baking dish.
- In another mixing bowl, add the oats, brown sugar, flour, salt, cold butter cubes, and another teaspoon of cinnamon.
- Wash your hands, then use them to mix all the ingredients in the bowl, cutting the butter into the mixture until you have a thick crumb mixture (about the size of a pea).
- Spread the top layer over the apples in the baking dish as evenly as possible.
- Put the baking dish in the oven for 40-50 minutes. It will be ready when the top layer is golden brown and the apple mixture is bubbling through any gaps.
- Serve warm, preferably with ice cream or custard.