Apple and Oatmeal Crisp

Total Time:
1 hr 50 min
25 min
1 hr 25 min

10 to 12 servings

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups (packed) light brown sugar
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 1/2 pounds cooking apples, cored and cut into wedges
  • 1 1/2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 stick butter, cut into small pieces and at room temperature
  • 12 (1 cup) plastic containers with a lids

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, combine the water, 3/4 cup brown sugar, melted butter, 2 tablespoons of the flour, salt, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon of grated nutmeg, whisk until smooth. Place the apples in a 9 by 2-inch glass baking dish (10 cup) and pour the liquid sugar mixture over the apples. Mix well. In a mixing bowl, combine the remaining 3/4 cup brown sugar, remaining 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, remaining 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 1/2 cups flour, oatmeal, and butter. Using your fingers, work the mixture together until it resembles a coarse crumb-like mixture. Sprinkle the oatmeal topping over the top of the apple mixture. Bake for 1 hour, or until the apples are tender and the crust is golden. Remove from the oven and cool completely. Place a spoonful of the crispy into each serving container and cover tightly with a lid

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    Very, Very, GOOD! I love this recipe. It is delicious - I modified it a tiny bit. I used TONS of apples, and I added more butter to the topping like others suggested. I also added chopped pecans and walnuts to the topping along with extra oats. I have made apple crisps for years and this one is by far the best recipe that I have tried. It would be GREAT with cherries added in.
    Awesome. Did add more butter to the topping, but other than that my whole family ate it up! 
    I felt this topping was quite dry, but the pieces of apple that were below the liquid line were perfect. I'm not sure, but I think if I try this recipe again I will cover it with aluminum foil to hold the moisture in. I also used a 9 X 12 baking dish.
    Measurments for recipie ingrediants are wrong. Too much liquid for filling, too much flour for topping. After cooking, all is too runny to serve, and topping didn't cook at all. This recipie is disappointing and not worth the time.
    This apple crisp was delicious! The topping was definitely too dry, next time I won't use as much flour. I ended up melting some butter and drizzling it over the top to fix the dryness.
    My family loved this apple crisp. I will say that I added about 1/4 cup apple juice to the liquid mixture and I added another 1/2 stick of butter to the crumble mixture.
    THis recipe is real good. THe topping is too dry, so I'll add more butter to the crumb mixture next time. I used granny smith apples. I like my crumb topping crispy. When it came out of the oven the crumb topping looked the same as when I put it in. More butter needed i think.
    Delicious! I used tart apples (granny smith and macintosh) so that the end result was not too sweet with the specified amount of sugar. Also, I did add an extra 1/2 stick of butter to the crumb topping. One more thing... I added a handful of dried cranberries to the apple mixture which also added to the tartness. It was not watery and the crumb topping was crispy but not too dry or too moist. It was really a great dessert, and my kitchen smelled divine while my guests were arriving. Thanks Emeril.
    I used Granny Smith, Golden Delicious and Gala, was a little tart for me. Topped with ice cream. Will make again but will try a different combination of apples.
    It was really tasty, but the crumb topping was dry in spots! I followed the recipe very carefully! I would add more apples and and I would add a bit more butter to the topping.
    I have been searching for the perfect apple crisp recipe for so long and finally I found it. The water mixture made all the difference in the world. There was a delicious, bubbly sauce surrounding the apples and mixing with the crisp, which I have never been able to achieve. I do not like overly sweet desserts- so I simply put more apples in the crisp. I put in 3 Golden Delicious apples that were a little under 1/2 pound each, and 4 Granny Smith apples that were a little smaller that the golden delicious apples. As far as the crust being too dry, I agree. It needs a little more butter, so that there isn't any extra dry flour or oatmeal after mixing in the butter. Previous reviews had said that they reduced the amount of sugar, then got a watery result- well that is because you cut out some of the sugar, the sugar is what thickens the sauce. Also if you cut the amount of flour in the topping- it will be too sweet. Try this recipe, and just use a few more apples!!! You will LOVE it, unless you are crazy!!!
    This is the best apple crisp. The water mixture on the apples definitely was the best part of this dish. I decreased the butter in the topping to 1/2 stick, and decreased the white flour and added more oatmeal. I think next time I will use even less butter and make less topping. It was a little too dry on top but it was still excellent!
    Just took this out of the oven, I could hardly wait for it to cool enough to taste! It was absolutely delicious! I substituted apple cider for for the water. Did not use any nuts tthis time, although I will try using them next time. (just didnt have them on hand! Apples were tender & done to perfection! Baked it for exactly one hour. The only thing that would or could make it any better was a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I even contimplated just drizzling some Baily's Irish Cream on top. I imagine that would be delicious too!
    Just made it and had the first piece. Apples were nice and soft, I reduced the sugar by 1/2 a cup and found the apple were not too sweet. However, as others have mentioned I felt the sauce was too watery and the crust had too much flour. I think I will cut a 1/2 of water next time use 1/2 of the flour.

    Overall though a nice way to get your crisp lessons started.
    This recipe was very easy and made a very creamy, caramely apple filling and a nutty, crunchy topping that everyone from the children to the adults absolutely loved. It was like a caramel apple in a bowl! This could have been cloyingly sweet but, I served it over a scoop of vanilla ice cream and topped it with whipped cream and it helped to cut the sweetness. It is still a very rich dessert so a little goes a long way but, it is absolutely divine! My mother always ate her apple crisp warm, in a bowl, with cream poured over it. I would imagine that would also cut the sweetness and would be a yummy Southern treat on a cold Fall evening by the fire. Bon Apetit!
    I am on a group at Church where we all take a turn feeding about 20-25 people once a week at a local Mission I was up for the dessert for the week I made this crisp. It is WONDERFUL I did use a small lemon for the juice over the apple slices so that they didn't turn brown. Has lots of favor and I am keeping the recipe to make again for the mission next month.
    DELICIOUS! After looking at many recipes, I decided to try this one and I'm glad I did! Best tasting apple crisp I've had in years. Only thing I did differently was I squeezed the juice of 1/2 lemon over the apples after slicing...other than that, I followed the recipe to a T. We'll definitely have this one again!
    This is a very yummy, simple apple crisp. The oatmeal topping is rich and nutty-- someone even asked if there were toasted almonds in it (which I didn't add). The 'liquid mixture' I think is the key to the recipe. I agree with others you can follow this recipe to the T and the cinnamon/nutmeg taste was not over powering at all. I did halve the sugar since my apples were sweet and I planned on serving with ice cream. I think the full amount of sugar would have been too sweet but that's just my taste. The only thing I might try next time is adding golden raisins to make it a little extra special.
    This was definitely not the best crisp I ever made - and it was a bit more work, to boot. Too much flour in the topping, not quite enough cinnamon, and a bit too much water, which made the apple part runny. Won't make it again.
    Wonderful! My two year old loved it and even asked for more!
    WOW!! That's the word to explain this dessert. The flavors were rich and sweet but not on the over-powering side. The oatmeal crust gave it a wonderful crunchiness in the texture.I've tried several apple crisp recipes in the past but, Emeril, ya "kicked it up a notch" with this one!
    My entire family loved this dessert. It was very easy and cheap to make.
    That is the best apple crisp! I like the liquid part poured over the apples very very good!
    This was THE BEST apple crisp I have ever made! The 'liquid mixture' makes an awesome sauce.
    Simple to make and turned out REALLY good. When I first mixed the topping, I thought it seemed like too much flour, but once it bakes and you scoop it into your bowl, it soaks up the juices and is the best part of the dessert! The amount of the nutmeg and cinnemon was perfect, not overpowering in the least. It's a great recipe I will continue to make.
    I used dark brown sugar instead of light & Cortland apples. I served it hot out of the oven with vanilla bean ice cream. This was probably the best apple crisp I've ever eaten.
    Emerile knows how to make a great apple crisp and very easy also!
    I never use the plasic containers becauase it never last long enough in my house to store.
    This recipe is just right, not to dry and very yummy!!!
    Emril does it again, as far as cooking goes loved this recipe. My Boyfriend said it was the best crisp he has ever had. I also put the local resturant to shame!
    This was a pregnancy craving so I am extremely happy that it was so easy and so good! I loved that the ingredients were ones that I always have on hand, even my regular apples did the trick. My favorite part was not having to mess around with cooking the apples and sauce on the stove before putting it in the oven. This is one recipe I am keeping!
    I was looking for a great recipe for an apple crisp that had the oatmeal in it. This really hit the spot.
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