What's easier than an apple pie and every bit as delicious? A warm apple crisp! So easy to make and with a secret ingredient - candied ginger - extra delightful!
You can serve this apple crisp warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream slightly melting on top and just wait for the oohs and ahhs to come rolling in.
The perfect fall dessert just got even better! Wait till you try it with the candied ginger!
It's apple season people! Sure you can get apples year round, but oh my a bite into a crisp fall apple is one of life's greatest simple pleasures.
I usually get apples from my CSA and they frequently aren't the perfect eating out of hand apples, but they are perfect for apple crisps and other apple desserts!
If you've never made a crisp (a crumble, by the way, usually doesn't include oats and is more like a streusel topping) you're going to love how easy they are to throw together.
For the crisp topping:
Brown sugar - light or dark brown will both work.
Flour - I used all purpose, but you could easily use almond flour or some other flour to make this gluten free.
Oats - I used old fashioned, but quick or regular oats would also work. If you buy gluten free oats and use a gluten free flour, this is easily made into a gluten free dessert.
Butter - unsalted.
For the apple filling:
Lemon juice - fresh squeezed if possible.
Apples - I tend to use granny smith, but if you're wondering what kind of apples to use for a crisp - any good cooking apple will work. We like granny smith, golden delicious, or honeycrisp. You can even use a variety of apples to get a mix of tart and sweet!
Flour, brown sugar and cinnamon.
Candied ginger - the magic ingredient that makes this extra special.
Preheat the oven to 350.
Peel and slice the apples and cut the candied ginger into small cubes - about 1/4 inch.
Place the apples and ginger in a bowl and toss with the brown sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice, a pinch of salt and one tablespoon of flour.
Place the apple/ginger mixture in a low sided casserole dish around the size of a pie plate. You could also use a pie plate!
In a small bowl combine the topping ingredients: flour, oats, brown sugar, butter and a pinch of salt. Cut the butter into 1/4 inch cubes.
Using your fingers, work the butter into the flour, oats and sugar until it forms a coarse crumb for the topping.
Spread or sprinkle evenly over the top of the apples.
Bake for 50-60 minutes or until golden and bubbly. You can bake it on a cookie sheet if you are afraid that it will bubble over, depending on how juicy your apples are.
Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
This was so good! The apples are soft and juicy with a hint of cinnamon and bite of heat and spice from the candied ginger.
We had it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and it was amazing! Every bit as good as the aroma promised as it was baking.
I've already made this twice more! An easy dessert you'll make over and over again!
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Apple Ginger Crisp
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Place apples in a bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons brown sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice, candied ginger and 1 tablespoon flour.
- Place the apples in a shallow casserole dish or pie plate.
- In a small bowl, combine 1/3 cup of flour, oats, 1/3 cup of brown sugar, butter and a pinch of salt. Using your fingers, work the butter into the mixture until it forms coarse crumbs.
- Sprinkle the topping on top of the apples and bake for 50-60 minutes or until golden and bubbling.
- Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.