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Caramelized Apple Crisp

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This caramelized apple crisp recipe is truly special! Before baking the apples in the crisp, they are caramelized in a saucepan which leads to a far richer, more complex flavor.

This recipe is also reasonably low in sugar and packs in a good deal of oats, making it one of the healthier crisp recipes you'll find.

caramelized apple crisp in an oval baking dish

Why You'll Love this Apple Crisp Recipe

Crisps are such a phenomenal way to enjoy dessert because they're fruit forward, warm, and pair very nicely with vanilla ice cream!

We love this caramelized crisp because the extra step of sautéing the apples in brown butter before baking, adds a huge depth of flavor.

The Best Apples for Baking

Most apples taste great in crisps and crumbles, but the ones that really shine are Honeycrisps, Golden Delicious, Granny Smiths, and Braeburn. They're the best apples for baking.

I would not recommend using Red Delicious or Galas for this recipe, however - they're great snacking apples, but they don't hold up well under 45 minutes of oven heat. 

apple crisp ingredients

What You'll Need to Make this Recipe

  • 2 pounds apples, cored & diced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • juice from one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup oatmeal

How to Make a Caramelized Apple Crisp

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C).
  2. Toss apples with the lemon juice, 1/3 cup sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt in a large bowl. 
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat in a large saucepan. Brown the butter (usually takes 3 minutes) and add the apples. 
  4. Sauté the apples for 5 minutes and stir only occasionally and very gently. 
  5. Put apples in a baking dish that can hold at least 6 cups. 
  6. For the crisp top, combine the remaining butter, almond flour, oats, and 1/3 cup sugar in a medium bowl and with your hands or a pastry cutter, combine till pea-sized pieces have formed.
  7. Spread the topping evenly over the apples. 
  8. Bake for 45 minutes or until the crumble top is golden brown. 
  9. Serve immediately (with optional vanilla ice cream) or store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 
apple crisp in a bowl with vanilla ice cream

Tips for Making this Recipe

  • This recipe calls for 2 pounds of apples - that's about 6 small apples or 4 large apples. A little or more or less won't be a problem though!
  • If you don't have cardamom, you can substitute it for 1/4 teaspoon of cloves or leave it out.
  • For this recipe, we used spices from our favorite spice shop, The Spice House. You can use their ground cardamom and Saigon cinnamon for this recipe. They're both excellent!
Yield: 6 servings

Caramelized Apple Crisp

Caramelized Apple Crisp

In this healthy apple crisp recipe, the apples are caramelized in a saucepan before baking which leads to a far richer, more complex flavor.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds apples, cored & diced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • juice from one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup oatmeal

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C).
  2. Toss apples with the lemon juice, 1/3 cup sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt in a large bowl. 
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat in a large saucepan. Brown the butter (usually takes 3 minutes) and add the apples. 
  4. Sauté the apples for 5 minutes and stir only occasionally and very gently. 
  5. Put apples in a baking dish that can hold at least 6 cups. 
  6. For the crisp top, combine the remaining butter, almond flour, oats, and 1/3 cup sugar in a medium bowl and with your hands or a pastry cutter, combine till pea-sized pieces have formed.
  7. Spread the topping evenly over the apples. 
  8. Bake for 45 minutes or until the crumble top is golden brown. 
  9. Serve immediately (with optional vanilla ice cream) or store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 391Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 326mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 6gSugar: 44gProtein: 3g

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