Warm Apple Crisp

by Emily on October 20, 2011

‘Tis the season right?  Every magazine on the news stand and so many of the daily recipe emails that I get are all screaming at me to do something with apples!  Today was a perfect day…I had very little time to prep anything too fancy for a visit with an out-of-town friend and I wanted to have a yummy dessert on hand in case his flight was delayed and we could only visit over dessert.  So I decided to re-visit recipes for Apple Crisp.

A couple of weeks ago, Andrea, Brian & Mo were over for an impromptu October meal and I quickly threw together an Apple Crisp, hoping that it would taste just like my moms.  Well…it didn’t.  It was good but still not exactly what I had in mind.  I decided that I’ve got to figure out what her exact recipe is and how she can just remember everything without writing them down or referring to her faithful phone to find recipes (like I do).

What I found in my research is that most recipes call for cups of sugar and so much butter.  I was hoping for a light, refreshing apple dish with just a hint of sinful sugar de-lish!  I think that I found a good one.  I will stress that this is on the lighter side so if you’re looking for a heavy sugar fest, don’t try this one.  Just pull up one of the other million apple crisp recipes and you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.

Real Simple published this first in 2002 and it’s really refreshing thanks to the lime! (see recipe below)

Sliced apples + Lime juice + Lime zest

Topping: Flour + Brown Sugar + Butter

After crumbling the butter between your fingers in the flour/sugar mix, you place on top of the apple mix.  Voila!

And now post-bake! I wish my picture turned out as well as the one on their cover but hey…it’s good!


  • 6 Golden Delicious apples (about 3 pounds), peeled, cored, halved, and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • ice cream (optional)
Happy Baking! Happy Apples!
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