Apple Crisp

August 25, 2012mayurisjikoni
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Updated on 04/09/2020

Apple Crisp is an easy to make dessert. Apple slices topped with oats, flour, sugar, butter mixture is baked. Serve it warm with some ice cream or fresh cream.

Apple Crisp is one of my favorite desserts to make whenever I have guests over. Not only is it an easy dessert to make, but a versatile one as other fruits too can be added with apple. My old photo for the recipe was hazy and appeared un appetizing. Now it looks different.

The group Foodies _ Redoing Old Posts, allows me to redo my old post, of which I have a large number. Breathing new life into them with new photos and better write up is what I like.  Its a bi monthly group, where members redo old posts and share on Facebook. That way we are able to get some bloggers’ love towards our forgotten posts. The idea of redoing old posts as a group was Renu’s idea. Renu blogs at Cook With Renu.

What is Apple Crisp?

Crisp is a dessert whereby a topping of mixed flour, oats, brown sugar and butter is sprinkled on top of a fruit or mixture of fruits and baked. 

Usually summer fruits like peaches, nectarine, apricots, berries or winter fruits like apples, pears are used for a crisp dessert. The dessert is served warm with ice cream, whipped cream or custard.

My first taste of Apple Crisp

The first time I tasted apple crisp was at the late Marie Vyas’ home. Marie, got married to my hubby’s cousin and we quickly became good friends. In fact she was the reason I got into teaching. Even though I don’t have any formal training or degree in Education, she recognized my ability and invited me to train under capable and wonderful teachers at the school where she was the deputy head. From then on, there was no looking back. Apple Crisp recipe is dedicated to the wonderful humble, friendly and affectionate Marie. Miss her a lot.


From the time I learnt how to make this easy and delicious dessert from Marie, I’ve made it often whenever I have family and friends over for dinner. When I invited my mamaji and mamiji for dinner, I thought of making Apple Crisp. Marie and her husband both passed on when the son and daughter were very young. Her daughter was in my class when Marie passed on. It was only natural that a strong bond developed between the daughter and me. I wanted to pass on a bit of what Marie taught me to her daughter through this Apple Crisp recipe. 

Other Apple Recipes:

Before we go into how to make apple crisp, here are some suggestions how you can use apples. There are times when I have apples that no one wants to eat. That’s when I use them up into other different ways:

Can you add other fruits with the apple?

Yes, I’ve tried with blueberries, blackberries and strawberries. Can also use a mixture of apples and pears. 

Which type of apples do you use for Apple Crisp?

Any, or a mixture. I prefer to use both green and the red ones mixed. However, using either is also fine. The apples should be crunchy.


Ingredients required for Apple Crisp

For the crisp layer:

Flour – I prefer to use wheat flour but you can use plain or all purpose flour.

Oats – rolled or quick oats, any of your choice

Brown Sugar – can replace it with coconut sugar.

Butter – use salted or unsalted. I prefer salted and it has to be a bit soft.

Cinnamon Powder – for flavoring

For the Filling:

Apples – use any crunchy variety of your choice. Cut them into slices or chopped.

Lemon Juice – for the balance of sweetness and tanginess.

Raisins – optional, I like to add them whenever I don’t have berries.

Cinnamon Powder – for flavoring

Apple Juice or Water – to add to the filling as sometimes during baking apples tend to dry up

Flour – required to make the liquid a bit thick

Butter – for greasing the ramekins or tray


Dietary Tip:

Its suitable for vegetarian

For a vegan version, replace the butter with coconut oil or vegan butter

For a gluten free version, replace the flour with oat flour or oat flakes



An easy, traditional dessert where apples are tossed with brown sugar and cinnamon. Topped with a crisp, its a delighful dessert to enjoy with some ice cream, whipped cream or custard.
5 from 20 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, British
Servings 8 people



  • ¾ -1 cup rolled oats or quick oats
  • ½ cup wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 100 g butter
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder


  • 6 medium apples
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup water or apple juice
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ¼ -⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ -1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tbsp wheat flour
  • some butter for brushing



  • Mix flour, oat, cinnamon powder and sugar together.
  • Add butter and rub it into the mixture.


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Brush a 8" X 8" tray or 8 ovenproof bowls with butter.
  • You can leave the apples unpeeled if they are not waxed. Otherwise peel and core them. Slice or chop them into pieces.
  • Immediately drizzle with lemon juice and mix so that they do not begin to turn brown.
  • Add apple juice or water, sugar, raisins, flour and cinnamon powder. Mix well.


  • Arrange the bowls on a baking tray.
  • Divide the filling equally and add to the greased bowls.
  • Divide the crisp layer equally.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or till the top layer is golden brown.
  • Remove the baked crisp from the oven. Let it cool slightly.
  • Top with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or custard and serve.


  • Grease a 8" X 8" tray with butter.
  • Add the filling and spread it out into an even layer.
  • Sprinkle the crisp topping over the filling, evenly.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or till the top is golden brown.
  • Remove the tray from the oven and let it cool slightly.
  • Serve portions of apple crisp topped with ice cream, whipped cream or custard and serve.


  • Add fresh berries instead of raisins.
  • Adjust the amount of sugar according to your taste.
  • Can use coconut sugar instead of brown sugar. 
  • Add nutmeg to the filling for a different flavour.
  • To serve during a dinner party, put the crisp to bake as the guests arrive. It will be ready to serve by dessert time.
  • Use leftover apple crisp the next day as breakfast. Top it with plain or Greek yogurt. 
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  • Bless my food by Payal

    September 4, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    5 stars
    Apples are going to land in markets soon and this is the first recipe I wish to try. This is totally awesome and worth trying. Truly delectable.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 5, 2020 at 10:04 pm

      Thank you so much Shailender, please to try the dessert out.

  • Jolly

    September 5, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    This Apple Crisp looks so tender, absolutely delicious. A perfect classic fall dessert & so easy recipe, not required many ingredients to make this yummy crisp. Would love to eat with scoop of vanilla icecream.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 5, 2020 at 10:02 pm

      Thank you so much Jolly, with apples available throughout the year its possible to make it any time.

  • Pavani

    September 7, 2020 at 6:13 am

    5 stars
    What an easy to make dessert and such a perfect one for this time of the year. I would love to try this for my family real soon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 7, 2020 at 10:11 am

      Thanks Pavani, its easy so go on try it.

  • Malini

    September 8, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    5 stars
    I never had this dessert. It looks delicious and the recipe is simple as well. That’s was a nice memory di. It’s such a versatile fruit, my family would love this. Definitely making it soon. A scoop of ice cream on this crisp is inviting more.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 8, 2020 at 1:12 pm

      Thanks Malini please do try out the dessert. Sometimes I have the leftover for breakfast.

  • Amrita

    September 8, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    5 stars
    Apple crisp sounds delicious. A lovely dessert recipe to serve guests. It is an easy recipe with nutritious ingredients

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 8, 2020 at 1:11 pm

      Thanks Amrita, it is an easy dessert to serve to guests.

  • Hem lata srivastava

    September 8, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    That is the lovely way to eat apples. Apple crisp with ice cream looke absolutely delicious.
    Nice presentation

  • Hem lata srivastava

    September 8, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    That is the lovely way to eat apples. Apple crisp with ice cream looke absolutely delicious.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 8, 2020 at 10:55 pm

      Thank you so much Hem Lata. Its a favorite dessert for my family and friends.

  • Sandhya Nadkarni

    September 8, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    5 stars
    What a beautiful tribute to Marie! So happy to know that her daughter will have her mom’s recipe, thanks to you.
    I love apple crisp too and what a perfect time to make it!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 8, 2020 at 10:54 pm

      Thank you so much Sandhya. I miss my friend Marie a lot.

  • Swati

    September 9, 2020 at 6:24 am

    5 stars
    Warm apple crisp with chilled vanilla ice cream is a comforting and delicious dessert for not so cold and not so warm fall evenings. Looks so irresistible..the post is wonderful tribute to your friend!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 9, 2020 at 10:10 am

      Thanks Swati for cold days I usually serve it warm with hot custard and it tastes equally good.

  • Superduper kitchen

    September 9, 2020 at 8:47 am

    5 stars
    Apple crisp looks absolutely delicious. You have made it more healthy by using wheat flour. Best dessert to serve for the guests using this versatile fruit. My brother taught me this recipe. Also, how much love you have towards Marie ji. That’s a true affection ji.. You are so sweet!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 9, 2020 at 10:04 am

      Thank you so much Niraanjana, Marie was a wonderful person and I miss her so much.

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    September 9, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    5 stars
    Wonderful tribute to Marie. Good to know that you were in teaching profession too. This apple crisp looks delicious and perfect with a scoop of ice cream. Loved it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 9, 2020 at 3:07 pm

      Thank you so much Jayashree.

  • Preethicuisine

    September 9, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    5 stars
    This delicious and rich dessert with Apple looks irresistible. Love the scoop of Icecream on the top. I would love to treat myself with this delicious dessert.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 10, 2020 at 10:59 am

      Thanks Preethi, go ahead and treat yourself, its so easy to make the dessert.

  • Uma Srinivas

    September 9, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    5 stars
    Very long time back I had once apple crispy. Your recipe looks delicious and easy. Thanks for the recipe, will try this soon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 10, 2020 at 10:57 am

      Thanks Uma.

  • Lata Lala

    September 10, 2020 at 11:16 am

    5 stars
    Some recipes are so close to your heart and this one shows that your affection towards Marie. Definitely we get to learn from people around us and this apple crisp made using wheat flour looks fantastic.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 13, 2020 at 5:22 pm

      Thank you so much Lata.

  • Jagruti’s Cooking Odyssey

    September 12, 2020 at 11:04 am

    When we have such cravings for hearty, easy and delicious non-Indian dessert, we always vote for apple crips as apples are always in our fruit bowl. So tempting…

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 13, 2020 at 5:15 pm

      Thanks Jagruti. As apples are available year round, its so easy to make this dessert.

  • Padma Veeranki

    September 13, 2020 at 11:59 am

    5 stars
    Apple crisp sounds so delicious & tempting. A quick dessert recipe to whip up for sudden guests. It is an simple recipe with nutritious ingredients…Loved it!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 13, 2020 at 5:13 pm

      Thank you so much Padma, and yes if you have all the ingredients at hand then its an easy dessert to put together.

  • Archana

    September 13, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    5 stars
    This is such a simple yet delicious recipe! I wonder why I have never tried it out. Will taste amazing especially now that it has started raining. Icecream and apple crisp love the thought. Thanks I know what I want to make as dessert.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 13, 2020 at 5:13 pm

      Thanks Archana, please do try the dessert out. Even on cold days can enjoy warm apple crisp with whipped cream or hot custard.

  • Sowmya

    September 13, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    5 stars
    Lovely to read about your friend. Must make the recipe so much more special to you.
    The apple crisps look delicious. I got to re do and post mine too now! Love your detailed recipe explaining all possible doubts one might have!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 13, 2020 at 7:06 pm

      Thank you so much Sowmya, this recipe is very special for me.

  • kalyani

    September 15, 2020 at 11:24 am

    5 stars
    I have made this with just roasted Oats topping and loved it.. now u r tempting me to make this again.. its perfect as delicious apples are in season…

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 15, 2020 at 8:13 pm

      Thanks Kalyani, do make it again. I love to have it for breakfast too but replace the sugar with honey.

  • Poonam Bachhav

    September 16, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    5 stars
    Apple crisp with oats sounds so healthy. I love the cinnamon flavor with apples. The recipe sounds very simple and the dish very delicious with ice-cream or whipped cream. Perfect fall dessert.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 16, 2020 at 4:32 pm

      Thank you so much Poonam. To make it even more healthier you can replace the brown sugar with coconut sugar.

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    September 17, 2020 at 2:26 am

    5 stars
    The smell of apple crisp in the oven bring the perfect fall weather feel. I love making this simple recipe that tastes amazing with a scoop of ice cream.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 17, 2020 at 3:57 pm

      Thanks Sandhya, the aroma of apple crisp being baked is amazing.

  • sapana

    September 18, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    5 stars
    I love this warm and cozy dessert to cheer up anytime when heart desire for sweet dishes. Love the cinnamon flavor in the apple crisp.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 18, 2020 at 5:41 pm

      Thanks Sapana. Apple and cinnamon baking together is so aromatic.

  • Seema Sriram

    September 20, 2020 at 9:57 am

    5 stars
    How beautiful are these images they look straight out of the gourmet magazine. I would love to try this apple crisp for sure especially because I love portioned desserts.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 20, 2020 at 10:53 pm

      Thank you so much Seema. I too prefer portioned desserts, so much easier to serve.

  • Lathiya

    September 23, 2020 at 12:12 am

    5 stars
    It’s such a lovely memory behind the recipe dear. I always believe food bonds people and memories. The apple crisp looks so divine and lovely.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 24, 2020 at 11:00 pm

      Thank you so much Lathiya.

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