Grandma’s Apple Crisp

Most Helpful Reviews

Oh my gosh, this is delicious! I have never had such a delicious apple crisp! I will never search for another recipe! I fixed this for my large, picky family for Thanksgiving. There were no leftovers!:-) Here’s what I changed. I made 2 batches. In one, I added 1/4 cup of water rather than 1/2 cup. That was perfect. In the other batch I didn’t add any water at all, and it was a little drier than I like. So cut the water in half. Also, I tossed the apples in the cinnamon and sugar mixture, and I added some nutmeg to that mixture. I think that’s what made the apples soooo perfect. Lastly, I doubled the crust recipe and put a layer on top and on bottom. Yum!!! I used 6 large Granny Smith’s. I won’t change a THING about this recipe next time I fix it, which if my family has anything to say about it, will be tomorrow!:-) 11-13-06 I made this again for like the 5th time. It’s still good, but I think next time I will try to cut the butter into the crust rather than melt it. My crust is never “crumbly” like I like on a crisp recipe. Still a 5-star no doubt!

Excellent recipe and a hallmark of a superb chef, but as usual I had to futz with it. Leave out the water, add 1/4 teaspoon of Nutmeg to the apples, double the crust recipe, add 1 1/2 c. chopped pecans to the crust, and it comes out perfect. Remember to use baking apples (preferably granny smiths) for this, as red delicious will be more sweet and therefore need less sugar. Good vanilla ice cream provides all the moisture you would be missing from the water, and a food processor does wonders for taking the work out of slicing the apples. Now just to find a good butter rum sauce recipe

There’s a reason why this recipe has nearly 300 good reviews – it’s THAT GOOD. THIS is now my standard Apple Crisp recipe. I made mine in a 9 x 13 pan and doubled the topping as another reviewer suggested to cover. Perfect. I mixed my apples up with the flour/cinnamon mixture – this draws out the juices and eliminates the need for the extra water. I did not add the water to the apples. My only mistake was I sliced my apples too thin and because they were too ripe some of it came out more like applesauce, but that was my own error. Everyone loved it! I know you are considering other Apple Crisp recipes here but MAKE THIS ONE!

Excellent recipie. It is important to follow the steps and not deviate from them (i.e. don’t mix up All the ingredients at once and throw it over the apples as you may be able to get away with in other crisp recipes) The recipie was great. the water factor wasn’t a factor for me. it turned out to be a very nice thick juice that accented the dish nicely. A word of caution when using this or any apple crisp recipie. THE TYPE OF APPLES DO MATTER. I made this twice. Once with Red Delicious apples. these apples are not the greatest to use as they are often soft and bland. the recipe was great but the apples lacked. I then used Granny Smith green sour apples. This made All the difference! Do not be afraid to use sour apples. Keep in mind you are using two cups of sugar in this recipie and it will be quite sweet. It simply comes down to the need for a hard and sour or at the very least sharp tasting apple to counter the sugar and even the flavor out. It will taste much better. Do not use soft or bland tasting apples, and do not overcook as the apples will turn mushy if you overcook. If you fear overcooking then cut your apple thicker. If you like the very thin slices of apple then you need to you a very hard, fresh, tart apple. I do not suggest using Red Delicious apples. I also addeed a pinch of nutmeg.

Tasted wonderful. I followed the directions exactly this time, but in the future I will make the following changes: cut the amount of water in half, double the topping and add 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg. You may need to increase the cooking time as mine was not done in 45 minutes. Great recipe though!

To Make this Recipe You’Il Need the following ingredients:

Grandma’s Apple Crisp Recipe


8 cups cored and peeled sliced apples
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (juice from about 1 lemon)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
3/4 cup packed brown sugar, divided
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
optional: 1/2 cup chopped nuts


Preheat oven to 375-degrees F. Butter a 2 1/2 quart (approximately) baking dish.
In a bowl, toss sliced apples with lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Spread in buttered baking dish.
Using a fork or fingers, mash/press together remaining ingredients until combined well. Crumble evenly over sliced apples.
Bake 35-45 minutes until apples are tender and top is golden.
Serve warm. This dessert is delicious served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream.

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