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Apple Crisp is a dessert made up of a baked apple filling and a crispy crumb topping. It is similar to cobbler, which has a biscuit-like (USA biscuit that is) or cake-like topping. Cool room temperature is required to create a nice crisp topping. To serve Apple Crisp, spoon it into a bowl and, optionally, add Chocolate ice cream. Apple Crisp also goes well with a glass of Full Cream Milk.

  • Apple Crisp from the Wikibooks Cookbook—original source of recipe, licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes




  1. In a medium bowl stir together flour, brown sugar, and wholemeal.
  2. If the room temperature is a bit warm, you should cool this mixture.
  3. Prepare the apples.
  4. This should be completed before mixing butter into the topping.
  5. It is helpful to choose apples that do not brown quickly; red lady apples are a good choice.
  6. Do not use red delicious apples; they turn to mush.
  7. Place the apples into a 9-inch square baking dish; tin is best.
  8. Add the butter or margarine to the topping.
  9. Mix it via a slicing action, so that the butter or margarine forms tiny little chunks and does not melt or smear.
  10. A pair of butter knives, used like scissors, is good for this.
  11. You must work quickly once you start this step.
  12. Sprinkle the filling onto the apples.
  13. You may pat it down just a bit.
  14. Bake for about 20 minutes in a 215°F oven.
  15. Do not remove the crisp before the top is dark brown.
  16. Black spots indicate burning.
  17. It is better to burn a few small spots, which you can then remove, than to risk undercooking the topping.


  • Any type of apple may be used, baking or sweet, or a mixture of types.
  • Cooked apple dishes are a good use for substandard apples, eg damaged, wrinkled & windfall.
  • Crisps can be made with most any sort of fruit. Mango is a good choice.
  • Some fruits, especially Oranges, go better in a cobbler.
  • Raisins can be added to the apples at the beginning, and ½ teaspoon of powdered ginger, or a sprinkling of nutmeg can also be put in.
  • 'Mixed spice' (cinnamon, coriander, clove & other spices) is a perfect addition to apple dishes. This is more popular in Britain than the US.
  • Another great addition to Apple Crisp is a scoop of homemade Cinnamon ice cream.