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How to Make Apple Crisp

The right apples and freshly ground spices make the best version of traditional apple crisp. In his American Classics series, cooking guru Scott Peacock shares his secrets for this classic dish.


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    • American Classics: Apple Crisp

      Chef Scott Peacock's irresistible apple crisp is brimming with the season's new-harvest apples and freshly ground spices. See the following slides for his recipe and step-by-step instructions for getting it right.

    • Make the Topping

      Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine the 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

    • Add Butter to the Topping

      With your fingers, work butter into flour mixture until it just begins to cling together. "Work it just past the just crumbly stage," says Scott. The topping can be made in advance; store it for up to a week in the refrigerator or a month carefully wrapped and frozen. "I like to keep some on hand, then make an individual crisp using a single apple baking in a ramekin or custard cup."

    • Prepare Filling

      In a 4-quart bowl, toss together apples and lemon juice. "I like my apples a little thicker than for a pie," Scott says. "Slice them too thin and the apples will collapse and cook down to sauce."

    • Squeeze Lemons by Hand

      When adding lemon juice, forgo the squeezer and use your fingers to catch the seeds. "I love the efficiency and pleasure of using my hands to cook," Scott says.

    • Combine Dry Ingredients

      In a small bowl, combine the 1/4 to 1/3 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon flour, salt, and nutmeg. "A light grating of fresh nutmeg plays well against the acidity and sweetness of the apples," Scott says. Use the lesser amount of sugar for sweeter apples.

    • Add Dry Ingredients to Apples

      Sprinkle apples with the sugar-nutmeg mixture, then with your hands, mix together.

    • Toss Apples

      Heap the apples into a lightly buttered 2-quart baking dish. "Apples collapse a good bit during cooking, so it is important to pile them above the rim of the baking dish," says Scott. "Otherwise you end up with a sunken crisp."

    • Add Topping

      Cover the top of the apples with the crumb mixture, breaking up large pieces as necessary to cover. "Once you understand the proportions and technique, crisps are easy to personalize," says Scott. "Use ginger rather than cinnamon for a delicious peach or plum crisp."

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      Cover the Crisp

      Cover the crisp first with parchment, then foil. "This eliminates the chance of any 'tin can' flavor in the crisp," Scott says. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Carefully remove foil and paper from the opposite side of the pan (to keep steam away from your face and hands).

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      Finish Baking

      Return to oven; bake 30 to 40 minutes more or until top is golden and the apples are just tender when pierced with the tip of a paring knife. To ensure the flour in filling is cooked, bake until thickened juices bubble up from the fruit. Let cool 15 to 30 minutes before serving. Serve with whipping cream or Scott's Rich Custard Sauce.

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      Easy Fruit Cobblers and Crisps

      Cobblers and crisps traditionally are warm fruit desserts with a biscuit or crunchy topping. Thanks to the availability of fresh, frozen, and canned fruits, you can enjoy cobblers and crisps any time of year. Among the variety of fruits, spices, and toppings in these recipes, you'll find the perfect one for you.
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