Caramelized Apple Crisp

Does the world need another apple crisp recipe? Normally I would say no, but this recipe has one special tweak that I think makes it worth sharing - before baking the apples in the crisp, they are caramelized in a sauce pan which leads to a far richer, more complex flavor. It's also reasonably low in sugar and packs in a good deal of oats, making it one of the healthier crisp recipes I've tried. 

Caramelized Apple Crisp - a delicious autumn dessert | This Healthy Table

I also went a little heavy on the apples in this recipe, but they are especially lovely this time of year and I found some wonderful, large Honeycrisps that I thought would be perfect. I think most apples taste great in crisps and crumbles, but especially those that can keep their shape through the baking process - I'd recommend Honeycrisps, Golden Delicious, Granny Smiths, and Braeburns for baking. I would not recommend using Red Delicious or Galas for this recipe however - they're better snacking apples, as they don't hold up well under 45 minutes of oven heat. 

Caramelized Apple Crisp - a delicious autumn dessert | This Healthy Table

I hope you enjoy this apple crisp recipe as much as I do. I couldn't wait to get through taking the photos so I could eat it!

Caramelized Apple Crisp - a delicious autumn dessert | This Healthy Table

Caramelized Apple Crisp

Makes 6 servings | Prep Time: 5 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour

Filling Ingredients

2 pounds apples, cored & diced into 1/2 inch pieces

juice from one lemon

1/3 cup Demerara sugar

2 tablespoons butter

Topping Ingredients

6 tablespoons butter

1/3 cup almond flour

1 cup oatmeal 

1/4 cup Demerara sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C).

Toss apples with lemon and sugar in a large bowl. 

Heat butter over medium heat in a large saucepan. Brown the butter and add the apples. 

Slowly caramelize the apples for about five minutes and stir only occasionally and very gently. 

Put apples in a baking dish that can hold at least 6 cups. 

For the crisp top, combine the butter, almond flour, oats, and sugar in a medium bowl and with your hands or a pastry cutter, create small pieces of topping.

Spread the topping evenly over the apples. 

Bake for 45 minutes of until the crumble top is lightly browned. 

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