Double Apple Crisp

Apple crisp is a quintessential family favourite so you can imagine my excitement when I found this recipe – and in my mom’s handwriting! I’ve made the recipe a few times and am wondering if my mom altered it in later years because it didn’t turn out as I remembered it.

Mom’s handwritten version calls for the crispy crumble to sandwich the apples – which, once I got the proportions right, was delicious, but not a true “crisp.” After a bit of research, I realized this recipe is closer to a “Brown Betty” though still not quite true to a “Betty” either.

Crisps typically have fruit at the bottom of the dish with a sugar, butter, oat and flour mixture spread over top. “Crisp” and “Crumble” are often used interchangeably but crumbles typically do not have oats. A cobbler has a biscuit style crust that is spread over the top of the fruit. A Brown Betty has alternating layers of crisp ingredients and fruit.

I’ve broken down the recipe as either a Crisp or what I’m calling a “Double Crisp” to be closer to what mom described in her recipe. A double crisp is pictured.

Apple Crisp

Ingredients

  • 4 cups apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance, melted

Yield: 8-12 servings

Preheat oven to 375o

Combine the dry ingredients together in a large bowl, then add the melted Earth balance. Spread apples on the bottom of a greased 8-10” round casserole dish. Sprinkle the top of the apples with the crisp ingredients. Bake for 40-50 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when it’s bubbling up the sides and the top has browned.

Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream.


Double Crisp

Ingredients

  • 4 cups apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup Earth Balance, melted

Yield: 8-12 servings

Preheat oven to 375o

Combine the dry ingredients together in a large bowl, then add the melted Earth balance. Spread half of this mixture on the bottom of a greased 8-10” round casserole dish. Place apples on top.

Sprinkle the top of the apples with the other half of the crisp ingredients. Bake for 40-50 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when it’s bubbling up the sides and the top has browned.

Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream.

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