Apple Crisp is good stuff. It’s easy to make. It screams Fall. You only need a handful of ingredients and 15 minutes of hands on time.
The problem? Everyone knows this.
Everyone looks at your apple crisp and they think, hmm, she’s a slacker. She made a crisp instead of a pie. She took the easy route.
Basically, what I’m saying is, everyone is a jerk. A stupid jerk that thinks apple crisps are inferior to stupid apple pies.
So, I like to play a little trick on those stupid jerks. I like to bake my apple crisp in a cast iron skillet.
No, I have no idea why this instantly transforms the humble apple crisp into something fancier and unforgettable. I don’t care about the why. I just care about the fact that it works.
I used my big mama 12 inch cast iron skillet for this, but a 9 or 10 inch would have been better. Honestly, though, it’s about impossible to mess this recipe up. Adjust and tinker with it as needed. Maybe add some ice cream on top? Drizzle with some caramel sauce? Or just be like me and call this simple recipe perfection.
For the filling:
6 apples, (I used a mix of Granny Smith and Honey Crisp)
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
dash of salt
For the topping:
1 cup oats
2 tablespoons flour
5 tablespoons cold butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
dash of salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Wash, peel, and thinly slice the apples.
Place a 9-12 inch cast iron skillet over medium-low heat. (The size doesn't really matter, but your filling will be thicker or thinner depending on size, and bake time will need adjusted accordingly.) Add the butter to the pan and melt. Stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt until combined.
Add the apples to the pan and stir to coat. Cook over medium heat until just beginning to soften, about 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from the heat.
Add all of the topping ingredients to a medium sized bowl and work them together with a pastry cutter. Alternately, add all of the ingredients to the bowl of a food processor and process them for 30-60 seconds.
Sprinkle the topping evenly over the apples.
Bake for 35-45 minutes, depending on the size of your pan, or until the apples are tender and cooked through.