I know that my little boy is crazy about apple crisp and a lady from our church makes the tastiest and most amazing apple crisp - the best I have tried. When she brought over her apple crisp for our ladies' fellowship I asked her what she added in her recipe that made it so fresh and truly flavorful. She kindly told me she used fresh lemon juice and a combo of cinnamon and nutmeg. The best part for me was that her recipe was also completely gluten-free which means my whole family could enjoy it as one of us are trying to do a more wheat-free diet. And so I set to re-create her amazing apple crisp and I believe I did it - well, the measurement may not be exactly the same but the delicious sweet-tangy flavors are certainly there!
What I did was really used a lot of lemon juice. While other recipes called for perhaps just a little tiny bit of lemon juice, if at all, I used the juice of an entire lemon (quite smallish) or roughly 2 tablespoons at least. I also upped the cinnamon to 2 teaspoons and used 1/2 a teaspoon of nutmeg. I know this amount may seem a lot for just 4 apples but trust me, once it's all baked and done - the flavors just truly sing and especially when you enjoy the crisp with a little cream (I prefer this!) or ice cream. What a delicious contrast of flavors and because the apples are strongly flavored - it doesn't get lost in the ice cream - it's still quite prominent and so yummy!
Instead of simply layering the oat mixture on top of the apples, I gently mix the topping and filling here and there (see photo above) - not entirely. This is to ensure the apples don't get too gooey or mushy when baked. But, this is a matter of style so it's totally optional. You can simply just dump the oat topping on top of the apples and be done with it.
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Best Apple CrispBy: Manila Spoon
November 4, 2015
Sweet, fruity with a hint of lemony tang and perfectly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg this Apple Crisp is simpy the best! Completely gluten-free, too.
- 4 large Granny Smith or other tart apples (5 if using smalled apples), peeled, cored and chopped into small pieces
- 1/3 cup Honey (or your favorite sweetener)
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed Lemon juice (or juice of one small lemon) plus its zest
- 2 teaspoons ground Cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground Nutmeg
- 1 cup gluten-free old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup Almond meal or all purpose gluten-free flour
- 1/2 cup sliced Almonds
- 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
- 6 tablespoons Butter, melted (salted or unsalted is fine)
- Preheat the oven to 375 F (190 C). In a bowl, mix together the apples, honey, lemon juice and zest, cinnamon and nutmeg. Transfer to a square baking dish (like a 9x9).
- In the same bowl, mix together the oats, almond meal and sliced almonds, brown sugar and the melted butter.
- Evenly sprinkle the oat mixture on top of the apples. Gently mix the topping with the apple filling, if desired. I do the latter as I want chunky rather than goeey apples. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until bubbly and nicely browned on top and the apples have softened. Serve warm with a little pouring (heavy) cream or if feeling indulgent, your favorite vanilla ice cream! For me, the cream or ice cream should not be optional so just do it!!!
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 35-45 Minutes
Total Time: 50-60 Minutes