Recipe: Cooking for Two: Apple Crisp

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Recipe:  World's Best Apple Crisp

Oh yes, this is definitely the best apple crisp I’ve ever eaten.  And I’ve had a lot of apple crisp in my time.  Enough that I am even declaring this the best apple crisp recipe in the world!  It’s scaled for two very generous portions (and you’ll still want more), but you can easily scape it up and make it in a larger pan in order to feed a crowd! (Scroll to the bottom of the post for a printable version of this recipe!)

There are a couple of reasons I decided to make a small batch.  First, it’s really hard to cook for two and sometimes it’s almost impossible to locate a recipe that doesn’t make me do math (what’s have of 3/4 cup??) in order to not have a ton of leftovers.  We’re not very good about eating leftovers most of the time, so things go to waste.  No leftovers means nothing to sit in the fridge for a week and a half just to ultimately be thrown away!

Single-Serving Cast Iron Pans

My second reason was that I just got the most adorable single-serving cast iron pans and I was very anxious to try them out!  I got them from Fab, a website that sells all kinds of products I love at insanely discounted prices.  Over the past year or so I have made quite a few purchases from them, mostly high-end kitchen items sold at half off prices, sometimes even lower.  If you’ve never checked it out I highly recommend it – and please make sure you sign up through my link so I get credit for referring you!

Anyway, once the pans arrived, I knew I had to use them ASAP.  So the next day on my way home from work I stopped at the produce market and snagged some beautiful, local apples that have been in cold storage since fall (I’m practically obsessive about buying local!), brought them home, and got to work.  The results…  Well, since I can’t adequately describe how much I thoroughly enjoyed this apple crisp, I guess you are just going to have to make some of your own so you can experience it for yourself!

Ingredients:

Filling:

  • 2 to 3 large apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1/4 c. white sugar
  • 1 tsp. all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp. ground cinnamon

Crumble:

  • 1/4 c. quick oats
  • 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, melted

I hijacked my mother’s apple peeler/corer/slicer a while back since she doesn’t bake much anymore and rarely uses it.  I initially borrowed it to make apple chips, but I am glad now that I kept forgetting to take it back to her afterward!  Those things seriously save sooooo much time.

Recipe:  World's Best Apple Crisp

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a large bowl, sprinkle apples with sugar, flour, and cinnamon.  Stir to coat apples evenly.

Recipe:  World's Best Apple Crisp

Place apples in a baking pan.  I used my little cast iron pans, of course, but you can also use a small souffle dish or cake pan.  My apples made big, heaping piles, but that’s okay because as the apples cook they will shrink up and what starts out looking like it’s overflowing will be just the right amount in the end!

Recipe: World's Best Apple Crisp

Combine crumble ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Stir until the mixture becomes crumbly and evenly mixed.

Recipe:  World's Best Apple Crisp

It will look kind of like granola, only it’s not crispy – yet!

Recipe: World's Best Apple Crisp

Cover the apples evenly with the crumble mixture.  If your apples are heaping like mine, you’ll have to gently press the crumble into the apples to make it stick in place. You don’t want it to fall off as you put it in the oven!

Recipe:  World's Best Apple Crisp

Place the pan(s) in the oven, and place a foil-lined cookie sheet on the rack underneath the apple crisp to catch any sugar that drips during baking.  Bake 35 to 40 minutes.

Recipe:  World's Best Apple Crisp

Let it cool in the pan for at least 20 minutes before serving.  If you’ve got ice cream in the freezer, this is the perfect time to break it out!  My apple crisp was originally supposed to be dessert for a fancy dinner for two, but we ended up going to my brother-in-law’s house that night instead to watch a movie in his man cave.  So we just added it to the movie night spread instead!

Make sure you come back tomorrow because I am sharing another amazing recipe, this time for a yummy, sweet-and-spicy soup!

World's Best Apple Crisp
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 2
  • Serving size: 321 g
  • Calories: 546
  • Fat: 18.2g
  • Saturated fat: 11.1g
  • Trans fat: 0.0g
  • Carbohydrates: 97.3g
  • Sugar: 66.0g
  • Sodium: 447mg
  • Fiber: 9.0g
  • Protein: 3.5g
  • Cholesterol: 46mg
Recipe type: Dessert
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A super-cinnamony version of apple crisp, scaled down as a dessert for two.
Ingredients
  • 2 to 3 large apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • ¼ c. white sugar
  • 1 tsp. all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ c. quick oats
  • ¼ c. all-purpose flour
  • ¼ c. packed brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, sprinkle apples with ¼ c. white sugar, 1 tsp. flour, and 3 tsp ground cinnamon. Stir to coat apples evenly.
  2. Place apples in a baking pan.
  3. Combine remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir until the mixture becomes crumbly and evenly mixed.
  4. Cover the apples evenly with the crumble mixture. Gently press the crumble into the apples to make it stick in place.
  5. Place the pan(s) in the oven, and place a foil-lined cookie sheet on the rack underneath the apple crisp to catch any sugar that drips during baking. Bake 35 to 40 minutes.

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