Apple season is one of my favorite times of the year. Each year, I try to embrace it to the best of my ability. I’m pretty much obsessed with all things apple this pregnancy.
My husband will find me baking some sort of dessert in the kitchen just about every other night to satisfy my sweet tooth. One thing I can’t deny is my love for a good skillet apple crisp. I’ve been making them for years, and finally sharing my recipe for it today.
Last month, we spent a few days in Western North Carolina where we stayed with my cousin and toured around the outskirts of her town. Our original family vacation was suppose to be a week in Hatteras, but that got derailed thanks to Hurricane Matthew.
So, we made lemonade out of lemons or should I say apple crisp out of apples, and got to experience some fun new adventures during our last months as a family of three. One of the days we drove two hours into northern North Carolina to go apple picking.
We picked a bushel’s worth of apples for just $12, and we rode through part of the Blue Ridge Mountains snacking on apples. When we got home I started baking my little heart out. One of the first things I made was my skillet apple crisp.
I always have all the ingredients on hand to make this recipe, and I like to add raisins in my crisp. I normally use golden raisins, but traditional raisins will do as well. If you don’t like raisins—just omit them. It’s a taste preference and not a life or death decision here.
I also like to precook my apples in the skillet for a few minutes to start the cooking process. While I cook the apples, I make the crisp topping. Because you pre-cook the apples on the stovetop first, this will cut your cooking time down tremendously in the oven.
I like to bake my crisp for around 30 minutes, until the top is golden brown and then I serve it warm with a few scoops of vanilla ice cream.
For the Filling:
- 4 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2" pieces
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
- 1/4 cup golden raisins
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
For the Crisp Topping:
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced, at room temperature
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Peel and slice the apples and then place them in a large bowl.
- Add the vanilla extract, brown sugar, granulated sugar cornstarch, lemon juice, apple pie spice, and golden raisins to the apples. Mix well until coated and set to the side.
- Place four tablespoons of unsalted butter in a 9-inch cast-iron skillet, heat on medium heat, melt butter then add in apple mixture.
- Cook the apples for 5 minutes until they begin to soften.
- While the apples cook on the stovetop you’ll want to make the topping. In the same bowl the apples were mixed in, stir together the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, oats, baking soda, and salt.
- Add the butter and use your hands or the tines of a fork to mix the butter into the flour mixture. You want to make sure there are no pieces of butter left larger than small peas.
- Sprinkle the flour mixture evenly over the cooked apple mixture.
- Bake for 30 minutes, until the apple filling is bubbling and the topping is golden brown.
- Divide apple crisp evenly and serve warm with vanilla ice cream.