grandma’s apple crisp

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My grandma’s recipe for apple crisp is so simple and it’s the best! The filling offers lots of cinnamon apples with the sweetness of sugar and a little tanginess from the addition of orange juice. The crust is buttery and crunchy. No oatmeal in this recipe! You won’t miss it one bit.

~ preheat oven to 350 degrees F. ~

6 to 7 large, tart apples (peeled, cored, and sliced)

1/2 cup orange juice

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup sugar, divided

1 scant cup all purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

8 Tablespoons butter

Arrange apple slices in the bottom of a buttered, 8×8 glass baking dish or deep dish pie plate. Pour orange juice over the apple slices. Mix the cinnamon and 1/2 cup of sugar, and sprinkle it evenly over the apples.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar, and the salt. Mix well. Add the butter and cut it into the flour mixture using a fork or pastry blender until crumbly. Sprinkle this crumb mixture evenly over the apples. Top everything with a bit more cinnamon, if you like. Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 60 minutes, or until the filling is bubbling and the crust is crispy and golden brown.

Enjoy with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream!


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  6 comments for “grandma’s apple crisp

  1. Ali
    October 5, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    This looks glorious 🙂

    • Melissa
      October 6, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      Thank you, Ali! 🙂 Enjoy!

  2. Sherry
    October 4, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    What if you use lemon juice instead of orange?

  3. Janice
    December 17, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    Wondering what kind of apples is best to sue for this? It sounds delicious!

    • Melissa
      December 21, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      A combination of sweet and tart 🙂 I like honeycrisp and granny smiths.

  4. Brenda L Pepper
    October 31, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    The best apple crisp yet. Almost like apple pie with crust on top. I did use real apple cider in place of the orange juice. Going into a recipe book.

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