This has been one crazy summer season. One one hand, I feel like the last few months have gone by in the blink of an eye. On the other hand, I feel like it has been for-ev-er since the cool weather left and warmer temperatures moved in. It only took until the second day with temperatures above 90 for me to start daydreaming about the calendar hitting September and October. I couldn’t wait to throw on jeans and sweatshirts, drink hot chocolate, and bake with apples and cinnamon. I still haven’t busted out the jeans or hoodies yet, but I couldn’t wait any longer on the apple baking. I’ve begun, and there’s no guarantee when I’ll stop. The good news is that you get to reap the benefits! :)
This is a really simple apple crisp that’s absolutely delicious. Peeled, chopped apples are tossed with sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice and some spice. Then they’re placed into a baking dish and topped with a quick and easy crisp mixture that’s accented with almonds. The almonds add just a little bit of extra crunch and pop of flavor.
Warm from the oven with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, this is the epitome of what fall dessert is meant to be!
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For the Apple Filling:
- ½ teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) cornstarch
- 4 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1½ pounds (680.39 g) Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into ½-inch cubes
- 1½ pounds (680.39 g) Golden Delicious Apples, peeled, cored and cut into ½-inch cubes
- ⅔ cup (133.33 g) granulated sugar
- Pinch salt
- Pinch ground cinnamon
- Pinch ground nutmeg
For the Almond Crisp Topping:
- ¾ cup (93.75 g) all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup (165 g) light brown sugar
- ½ cup (54 g) slivered almonds, crumbled with your fingers
- ½ teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) salt
- 1½ teaspoons (1.5 teaspoons) ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon (0.25 teaspoon) ground nutmeg
- ½ cup (113.5 g) cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place oven rack in bottom third of oven.
- Make the Apple Filling: Stir the cornstarch and lemon juice together in a large bowl until the cornstarch is dissolved. Add the apples, sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg and toss to combine. Pour mixture into an 8-inch-square (or other 2-quart) baking dish.
- Make the Almond Crisp Topping: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, almond pieces, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Use a pastry blender (or your fingertips) to quickly incorporate the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture is the consistency of coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the apple filling.
- Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown, the juices are bubbling and the apples are tender.
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Oh Gosh, I wanna try that so badly!
My all time favorite dessert is an apple and rhubarb crumble – just like Mum used to make it haha! Having said that, though, this looks absolutely delicious, so I’m definitely going to give it a go!
Ok, so I combined two of your apple crisp recipes because I love oatmeal in my topping but the filling of this recipe seemed easier. I also reduced the brown sugar in the topping by 1/4 cup and replaced them with toffee bits. Let’s see what happens.
Hello :) do you think it would be possible to use peaches instead of apples??
Hi Amanda, I think that would probably work.
Simple and delicious! Thanks for a great recipe.
This was absolutely fantastic! I didn’t get as much almond flavor as I had hoped for, though-I’ll probably increase the amount of nuts when I make it again, or experiment with walnuts or pecans instead…either way, this recipe is awesome and I’ll definitely be using it more than once this year to take care of our ridiculous amount of apples :)
This looks delicious. How much in advance can you make this? Thx.
Hi Chitra, I wouldn’t make this too far in advance (definitely do it the same day) or the topping could get soggy and the apples will start to release a lot of the juice.
Oh my, really mouth-watering!
While I love the sunshine we have had lately, I am longing for a chilly fall day that I can make this and warm up my house and of course my tummy!!!
I had a bag of not-so-tasty Paula Red apples that I didn’t want to waste. I saw your almond apple crisp recipe and decided to try it. I misread the recipe and squeezed 1-1/2 lemons thinking I needed 4 Tbsp, not 4 tsp of juice. I used it all anyway and upped the cornstarch to 1 tsp. The final verdict – DELICIOUS! Tart & juicy & so yummy :-)
Yummy!!! This awesome recipe:) I am, pinning it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What a perfect way to ring in the fall!
Okay I’m ready for Fall with this one!!!
just did an apple pie crisp on my blog last week…apples are in the air!!!! Love Fall.
Oh, this is so Fall perfect. Im so ready for a change. The recipe looks and sounds killer!
What a great idea to make an almond crisp! I love your recipes. You are amazing!
There is nothing like a good apple crisp in fall, though I’m still pretending like fall is not here and never will be :) How do you get the pictures of crisp to look so awesome? I find it to be one of the hardest things to photograph.
Hi Laura, Thank you for the compliment on the photos. I truly didn’t do anything different, just took the photos next to a window with a lot of natural light, no flash on the camera.
This looks awesome, and like the perfect way to begin fall!
We love apple crisp! It’s the one dessert that always shows up on fall family get-togethers. Yum!
I love the addition of almonds! This is a perfect way to welcome fall!
Great treat to start the fall off!
Now this is a great way to usher in the Fall season!
Yes, I’m so glad for autumn myself! ^_^
Looks delicious! I just made a microwave version of Apple Crisp (out of some 1980’s SHARP cookbook). It happens to be my favorite apple crisp, but this one is certainly one for the recipe archive.
The perfect fall dessert!
I love when my house smells like fresh-baked apple desserts. And the almonds must make this absolutely perfect!
I made an apple crisp with family a couple weeks ago..they’re so warm and comforting! I love adding chopped almonds to the mix, I’ll try that next time!
I am loving this time of year!! Your crisp looks amazing!!!
Loooove that topping! YUM!
Nothing says fall to me like the smell of baked apples and cinnamon! This looks amazing….like a big warm dish of fall with ice cream on top!
These recipes makes me less blue because end of summer! I really like these ingredients! Really nice!
I’m really anxious for Fall, too…but I will also miss summer so much! This looks yumm-o! Love that it has almonds in it…
I love crisps and crumbles and this is just perfect for fall with the apples – delish!