Apple crisp has been a staple in the American household and retains a special place in the hearts of families. Right up there with apple pie and cheesecake, this little dessert made a name for itself decades ago and has been passed through the generations. Though it's nice to stick with tradition, there are people out there who enjoy making things their own, and there's nothing wrong with that! So, we're going to share our apple crisp recipe with you and hopefully, you'll pick up a new thing or two.
Some people enjoy folding chopped nuts into their topping mix and you're more than welcome to do so. You can use walnuts or almonds if you'd like, though we like this recipe without because it's a nut-free option and more people can indulge. You can also feel free to omit the lemon juice and nutmeg entirely if you're not prone to liking the taste. Since such small amounts are added, you won't notice a huge difference in taste. Others enjoy swapping out brown sugar for different substitutes, like equal parts granulated sugar in the topping and you can do that too. Maple syrup works well as well.
The garnish for an apple crisp recipe is something to play around too! Try drizzling chocolate or caramel sauce on top of your ice cream before you serve.
You'll want to make sure that the apples you're using stand up well to baking. Remember that when you're baking with apples you'll want them to retain their flavor without turning to mush in the oven. So, the apples you should go for when making an apple crisp are exactly what the name of the dish suggests: the crisp kind! Pick up some Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, or Jonathan apples since they're some of the best ones to bake with. You can even get creative and mix all three into the same dish!
Inheriting an apple crisp recipe from our grandparents (or great-grandparents) is a keepsake we can cherish for years. But, that doesn't mean you shouldn't share it with people. Invite a few of your loved ones over and bake them this classic dessert to keep the tradition in your family alive!