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Skillet Apple Crisp

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 5 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Crumb Topping:

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar 

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 

1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter 

Apple Filling:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

5 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced 

Pinch of kosher salt 

2 tablespoons brown sugar 

2 tablespoons cornstarch 

1 tablespoon vanilla 

Juice of 1/2 lemon 

Vanilla ice cream, for serving 


Special equipment:
an 8-inch cast-iron skillet
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. For the crumb topping: In a medium bowl, mix the flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt using a fork or pastry cutter. Cut the butter into small pieces and gradually add it to the flour mixture until evenly mixed. Set aside.
  3. For the apple filling: In an 8-inch cast-iron skillet, heat the butter over medium heat. Add the apple slices and a pinch of salt and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the brown sugar, cornstarch, vanilla and lemon juice.
  4. Cover the apple filling in the skillet evenly with the crumb topping. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and bake until crisp and brown on top, an additional 20 to 30 minutes.
  5. Serve with vanilla ice cream.