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A double dose of caramel--baked in with the fruit and drizzled on top--elevates the humble crisp to new levels of indulgence. Mix two types of apples for the best texture. The tender apples cook down and create a sort of thick sauce, while the firm apples hold their shape. Boiled cider, which you can purchase at specialty stores or online or make using the recipe on our site, adds an extra splash of apple flavor.

Source: Midwest Living


Recipe Summary

45 mins
35 mins
15 mins
1 hr 35 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • For crumb topping: In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, oats, the brown sugar and the 1 teaspoon apple pie spice. Cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in pecans. Set topping aside.

  • For filling: In a large bowl, stir together granulated sugar, the 1/4 cup flour and the 1 teaspoon apple pie spice. Add the apples. Gently toss until coated. Transfer apple mixture to a 9x9x2-inch (2-quart) square baking dish. Press fruit gently to make an even, slightly mounded surface.

  • In a small bowl, whisk Boiled Cider into 2 tablespoons of the caramel sauce. (If caramel is too thick to measure, place it in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on 100 percent power [high] about 20 seconds; stir.) Drizzle caramel mixture over apple filling. Sprinkle with crumb topping. Set the baking dish on a foil-lined baking sheet (to catch potential drips).

  • Bake, uncovered, in a 375° oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until topping is golden and apples are tender. Cool for 15 to 20 minutes on a wire rack.

  • Just before serving, place the remaining caramel sauce in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on 100 percent power [high] for 20 to 30 seconds. Drizzle caramel sauce over warm crisp. Serve with ice cream.

Nutrition Facts

640 calories; fat 29g; cholesterol 65mg; saturated fat 15g; carbohydrates 89g; mono fat 9g; poly fat 3g; insoluble fiber 5g; sugars 63g; protein 7g; vitamin a 728.9IU; vitamin c 4.7mg; thiamin 0.3mg; riboflavin 0.3mg; niacin equivalents 1mg; vitamin b6 0.1mg; folate 32.3mcg; vitamin b12 0.3mcg; sodium 204mg; potassium 340mg; calcium 232.2mg; iron 1.6mg.