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I try to stay pretty organized with my meal planning. I have a notebook, where once I decide on the menu, I write it at the top, along with where I found the recipes. Below, I start my grocery list, arranging everything according to where I find the ingredients at the grocery store. It works quite well for me. But the one thing I’m not so good at is planning a back up. I can’t tell you how many times I have planned a meal, only to find that I can’t find one or two of the ingredients that are vital to the dish. When that happens, all of my planning and organization goes down the drain!

Well, last week, I had to take a dessert to an event. I looked my cookbooks and found this recipe for this apple crisp that sounded really good. I stopped off at the grocery store, without a back up plan of course, only to find that apples are really expensive right now. Not having a backup, I decided to go with it since I had to have the dessert that night, and I really wasn’t wanting to go back home, choose a new recipe, and go back out shopping again. Even the checkout lady remarked that the apples were about as valuable as gold right now!!

But in the end, it was all worth it. The crisp was delicious! The topping is different than I have done a crisp before, but it was a welcome change. I used a combination of Galas and Granny Smiths. The original baking time on the recipe is 1 1/2 hours, and I only cooked mine for about an hour. The Galas pretty much turned to apple sauce, while the Granny Smiths kept their shape but were still quite soft. I like the apples with a bit of texture still, so next time I would cook it for less time, but I guess it’s a preference thing because my husband loved this the way it was. And as much as I liked it warm the night I made it, I especially loved the leftovers the next day – straight out of the fridge!

Apple Crisp
from Tartine

Makes 8 to 10 servings

Filling
3 pounds assorted apples
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
grated lemon zest from one lemon
1/8 teaspoon salt

Topping
1 cup unsalted butter, cold
1 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9×13-inch baking dish.

Peel (some or all, as you prefer), core and slice the apples and place them in a large mixing bowl. In a small bowl, stir together the sugar, lemon juice and zest, and salt. Add to the apples and mix well with your hands. Transfer the apples to the baking dish.

Make the topping. Place the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Using a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment on medium speed, or using a wooden spoon, beat together until smooth. Add the flour, cinnamon and salt and mix just until it comes together into a smooth dough.

Scoop up palm sized balls of the dough and flatten with your hands as if you are making a 1/4-inch thick tortilla, and lay on top of the apples. Cover the entire surface with the dough. If there are gaps, that is okay, as they will allow steam to escape during baking.

Bake until the crisp is browned and the apples are tender, 1 to 1/2 hours. If the top gets too dark, cover it with aluminum foil. Let cool on a wire rack.

Other delicious sounding apple crisps:

Apple Crisp on Simply Recipes
Sit and Stay Awhile Apple Crisp on Joy the Baker
Vanilla Apple Crisp with Caramel Sauce on Closet Cooking
Crockpot Apple Crisp from A Year of CrockPotting

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33 Responses to Apple Crisp

  1. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    That’s something I love! Delicious!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. kat says:

    Apple crisp is the best!

  3. Ginny says:

    two years ago, my roommate used to make apple crisp every week…this made me miss it! Delicious!

  4. sunita says:

    Lovely crisp :-)

  5. Maria says:

    The perfect dessert in my opinion! Looks great!

  6. Ingrid says:

    I wish I was more discipline and organized. If there is a recipe I intend to make I usually highlight the ingredients I need(right on my print out)and use that as my shopping list. It works if I’m shopping for that meal but when I have several recipes I make one big list.
    ~ingrid

  7. kristina says:

    I’m so impressed with your level of organization!

    That’s funny about apples being so expensive in Utah right now. I wonder why?

    ‘Tartine’ has been on my wish list for a little while now. Is this your first recipe from the book? I do love apple crisp! K x

  8. Megan says:

    I have the same problem! I’m always super organized and list everything out but usually lack a backup plan. Just this past weekend I was planning to make cream puffs using anginetti cookies — well, I went to two stores and no cookies. But I had promised I was bringing cream puffs to a party that night, so I got home and proceeded to make cream puffs from scratch — something I had never done before. And it worked! I’m glad your apple crisp worked out as well!

  9. Patsyk says:

    I have the same problem… I make the plan, but when I can’t get an ingredient I never have a back-up in place!

    The apple crisp looks like something my family would love!

  10. Mrs. in May says:

    holy cow I bought apples the other day, never even looked at the price and was SHOCKED when I looked at my receipt! What the heck!

  11. Amanda at Little Foodies says:

    You are very organised. I hardly ever make a list and often don’t know what I’m going to cook until I open the fridge or cupboards and see what there is. I even do this sometimes when we have people coming over… A little too spontaneous maybe? Hope you’re feeling well and blooming! x

  12. The Food Librarian says:

    Yummy! I love Tartine’s cookbook. What a great job!

  13. veron says:

    I simply love apple crisps!YUM!

  14. Mary says:

    There is something so comforting about apple crisp. No matter where you are it triggers memories of home.

  15. Darius T. Williams says:

    I love a great apple crisp and this looks really good!

  16. Paula says:

    Oooh, I love everything about your apple crisp! I was surprised that the cinnamon is only in the topping! I bet it smelled awesome while it baked. I’ve got to get me some apples for apple crisp!

  17. noble pig says:

    Yum!Love the crisp. And maybe I need to look at apple prices..is this why my grocery bill is always so high?

  18. Gretchen Noelle says:

    I love crisps for breakfast. Delicious!!

  19. Aggie says:

    I love apple crisps…this looks so delicious! Mmmm…would be great with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream too!!

  20. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    Snaps to you for being so organized. I try, but my backup plan tends to be breakfast foods – pancakes, scrambled eggs, etc. Your crisp looks totally worth the splurge!

  21. Grace says:

    i think apple crisp is the greatest crisp of all. something about their texture combined with the crunchy topping and smooth ice cream just makes me happy. :)

  22. Bellini Valli says:

    This is such a comforting and homey dish with all the glitz and glamour of the holidays. It is the best…I’ve even been known to have it for breakfast!!!

  23. kellypea says:

    I’m smiling over your organization. I’m figuring out that mine was connected to stickies in my food mags, and now that I’m not getting as many, the organization has gone out the window. I’m left with groceries, and then get home to rely upon 3-ingredient searches on Google. LOVE apple crisp. It’s been a fave forever around here. And I lucked out on the apples — 79 cents/lb here on sale for Fujis!

  24. Marisa says:

    That sounds so good. Can you come over to my house and help me get organized to go grocery shopping :-)?

  25. Mary says:

    I love apple crisp! And yeah I love planning my meals for the week and then doing the shopping list. But I too am bad at having a backup. We’ve had spaghetti twice this week already and pizza once! :)

  26. Elle says:

    A good cook like you will always find a way. This crisp sounds classic. Often things like this ARE better the next day.

  27. ~~louise~~ says:

    What a comforting crisp. It looks so inviting. Thanks for sharing…

  28. Dawn says:

    I love how organized you are. I do some of that organization when it comes to the grocery store, as I want to get in and out. But I will take my time grocery shopping if it’s Whole Foods! ha ha

  29. Sophie says:

    The texture of this sounds really yummy. On a weekly basis I cook up apples so that they’re nice and soft, almost like applesauce :). I know what you mean about making sure to have every ingredient…especially when it comes to baking :P, sometimes it’s easier to improvise with cooking.

  30. Megan says:

    Yum, this look delicious! Whenever I make apple crisp I always use granny smith apples and throw in some dried cranberries as well :)

  31. Brilynn says:

    Apple crisp is such a comfort food! I have this book but haven’t tried this recipe out of it yet, I’ll have to have another look through.

  32. Kevin says:

    Looks good! Apple crisp is one of my all time favorite desserts!

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