Apple Crisp

apple crisp recipe with step-by-step images

The early fall is truly magical.

These days I love to revel in all the pleasant impressions that this time of year evokes in me.

I love the calm… as if everything is coming to rest after all the hard work.

I’m excited when I see first signs of the glitter party that nature is going to throw soon.

Also, I love to go for long walks and enjoy the nice and warm days.

And if I didn’t sleep so late I’d definitely enjoy the crisp and cool mornings.

Hm, you can’t have everything, I guess.


But most of all, I enjoy the fruits of this season.

Like apples, for example.

In my world, there’s nothing more wonderful than the smell of apples and cinnamon coming out of the oven.

That’s why I end up making all sorts of apple-cinnamon creations these days each year – Apple Crisp being one of my favorite.


apple crisp recipe with step-by-step images

The ingredients are simple and economical.

And that’s great.


Now I invite you to have a look at what crazy stuff was going on in my kitchen…
apple crisp recipe with step-by-step images

1. First, I preheated the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

2. I placed all the ‘topping’ ingredients into one bowl – namely the flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter, salt, oats and walnuts.

Okay, maybe it wasn’t that crazy.

apple crisp recipe with step-by-step images

3. Using a fork, I combined them all just until this crumbly mixture had formed and no large pieces of butter were visible.

The topping is finished.


apple crisp recipe with step-by-step images

4. Then I grabbed six medium apples.

These are Golden Delicious.

Also Empire, Gala, or Braeburn are especially good in this recipe.

apple crisp recipe with step-by-step images
5. I peeled, washed, cored and sliced them.

apple crisp recipe with step-by-step images

6. And then I cut the slices into 1 inch (2.5 cm) chunks.

apple crisp recipe with step-by-step images

7. To make the filling, I placed the apples, the lemon zest (I used dried lemon zest) and the sugar in a larger bowl…

apple crisp recipe with step-by-step images

8. …and tossed it to combine.

Mmmm… can you smell that?

Instant home!

apple crisp recipe with step-by-step images

9. I am brushing a dish with vegetable oil here.

Instead, you can butter the dish or just spray it with some cooking spray.

Also, although I used a slightly larger dish, I recommend to use a 9 inch (23 cm) deep dish pie plate or an 8 x 8 x 2 inch (20 x 20 x 5 cm) baking dish.

apple crisp recipe with step-by-step images

10. Fill the dish with the fragrant apple filling.
apple crisp recipe with step-by-step images

11. And, using your fingertips, spread the topping evenly over the apples.

apple crisp recipe with step-by-step images

12. Pop it in the oven and bake for about 30-40 minutes, or until bubbly and the topping is golden brown.

13. Remove from the oven, place on the cooling rack and let cool for about 30 minutes.

Then dig into it with a spoon and check whether everything is all right.

apple crisp recipe with step-by-step images

And if everything is perfectly all right, and it definitely will be, proceed to another step – fill a bowl with some more spoonfuls of this flavorful, juicy and crispy wonder.

Add a nice, fat scoop of vanilla ice-cream.

Or two.

Or four.

apple crisp recipe with step-by-step images

And have a great time!
If, by any chance, you end up with some leftovers, refrigerate them and reheat them before serving.

apple crisp recipe with step-by-step images



14 thoughts on “Apple Crisp

  1. 1
    Kelly says:

    I love that you put zest in it…such a great looking recipe. I use zest in my apple pie but never think to put it in my crisps. Next time I definitely will. Thanks for another round of inspiration.

  2. 2
    kylee says:

    gah! i haven’t made it to the’ raspberry bars’ yet and then there is this! another of my favorites! yum yum yum! thanks for sharing 🙂 i may have to have a little party to serve all my sweets i’ll be making!

  3. 3
    amanda says:

    That looks delicious and I love the fact that you photograph everything, but I have to tell you one thing:
    Baking with sticky fingers with cameras on hand scares me!
    You must either wash your hands a million times or have a very mucky camera?
    Either that or you have a very good commis chef/assistant!!

    • 3.1
      zoomyummy says:

      Hi Amanda! Though I do try to wash my hands a million times my camera can definitely imagine a better life than in the kitchen – like outside where the sun is shining, birds are singing and no butter is flying in the air. 🙂

  4. 4
    Tes says:

    I absoutely love this recipe. The apple crisp looks so delicious and perfect! The pictures are stunning 🙂

  5. 5
    rylan says:

    Petra, I am finally back!!! Glad to see your blog again!

    This definitely sounds good–as always of course. You know what? I also add some grated cheese mixed with the crumble…I find that it gives it that really good flavor. But yes, you make everything fabulous!!! Love the photos too (you keep getting awesomer and awesomer). Oh and just saw your new photo, you look great! Amen!

  6. 6

    So delicious this recipe!!

  7. 7
    crustabakes says:

    I wanna shovel this into my mouth!

  8. 8
    Karin says:

    I love to add different fruits to my apple crisp to give it a unique flavor. Try adding a peach or a handful of cranberries to the mix. I also will add some nuts (walnuts or pecans) to the topping. This is a great recipe to use as a base, and then add your own embellishments that will give it your own personal flair.

    If you find yourself in need of nice bowls to serve your apple crisp in, you might want to visit Splendids.

    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, when I am using just apples, I always use a couple of different varieties, one sweeter variety that cooks down more (usually a McIntosh) mixed with a more tart, firmer apple (like a Granny Smith).

    …and I love the way my kitchen smells when I make apple crisp!!!

  9. 9
    apple crumble says:

    adding zest, genius. choosing ice cream over custard, second stroke of genius. 🙂

  10. 10
    Tatianna says:

    I tried out this recipe and shared the product with my neighbor! It was absolutely delicious! We had not leftovers! I will definitely be making this for my family gatherings from now on!

  11. 11
    Galya says:

    Absolutely delicious!! Thanks for the recipe! I will making this apple ice-cream crisp for my family

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