Skillet Apple Crisp is a simple classic dessert that's easy to make. If I have a craving for apple pie but am feeling lazy, I make a crisp instead. Like this Rhubarb Crisp, it satisfies the pie craving without having to make the pastry.
The most time-consuming part of making this delicious apple crisp is coring, peeling, and slicing the apples. The best crisps, like pies, use the tart apple varieties, like Granny Smith, That tartness, combined with the sweet, buttery, crisp topping, is perfection, and, what makes this dessert such a classic favourite.
But don't stress about apple varieties! Because any apple will make a delicious apple crisp.
Apple Crisp Toppings
You can top this skillet apple crisp with vanilla ice cream, which is wonderful. But I drizzled the warm crisp with salted caramel sauce for a delicious caramel apple treat. You can buy caramel sauce, or make your own Salted Caramel Sauce, which is super versatile and great to have in the fridge. For other delicious toppings, you may want to try crème fraîche, mascarpone cheese, frozen yogurt, or lemon curd, or of course, whipped cream.
Skillet Apple Crisp is Perfect for Camp Outs.
This recipe works with any other fruits, too. Peaches, cherries, or berries are delicious in a crisp. I used a skillet to cook this one on my covered outdoor grill, but of course, the usual way to do this is in the oven. That's what the recipe instructions are.
This dessert is perfect for camping. Core and slice your apples ahead of time, then toss them in some freshly squeezed lemon juice before packing them into an airtight container to take along in your cooler for camping. Make the topping and pack in a separate container.
If you're baking on an open fire, use foil to cover the skillet, or if it has a lid, use that.
You can make this recipe ahead, put it in the fridge and reheat it for later, (or eat it cold for breakfast).
Apple Crisp or Apple Crumble?
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between an apple crisp and an apple crumble? Wonder no more. This article describes it perfectly, (as well as apple cobbler, apple brown betty, apple grunt and apple buckle). Crumble, Cobbler, Crisp, Buckle, Brown Betty: What’s The Difference?
Skillet Apple Crisp
- cast iron skillet
- 6 large apples peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup packed brown sugar or coconut sugar
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup cold butter
- Put chopped apples into a 9" baking pan, or a cast iron skillet. Add lemon juice and 3 tbsp sugar and toss together.
- In a medium bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon.
- Add butter to oat mixture and combine with a pastry blender or your fingers to make a crumbly dough.
- Sprinkle oat mixture over apples to evenly coat.
- Bake at 375 degrees, until topping is crisp and golden, and apples are bubbling, about 30 minutes
- Drizzle with salted caramel sauce. Serve warm or cold