Simple Apple Pecan Crisp

Simple Apple Pecan Crisp | Kitchen in the Hills

Let’s talk crisp. Apple crisp.

Possibly the most under-loved of fall desserts, but one of the homiest, tastiest, and easiest to pull together.

Simple Apple Pecan Crisp | Kitchen in the Hills

Do you ever have those days when you feel like you’re running around like crazy, switching from one task to the other, working long hours— only to look at your to-do list and find that nothing’s actually done? I’ve been having a lot of those days lately. Days when there isn’t a lot of leftover time to make a fancy dinner, or an elaborate recipe to blog about.

It was on one of those days that I made this apple crisp. I wanted to stress-bake, had half the amount of time a batch of cookies or a pound cake would take me, and a refrigerator filled with apples rapidly losing their crunch. This is real life. So I turned to something easier, something that was more approachable and incredibly simple.

Sometimes you need simple. Sometimes you need an apple crisp.

Simple Apple Pecan Crisp | Kitchen in the Hills

This crisp feels like it could be breakfast and dessert at the same time. I’ve tried to convince myself that it’s an acceptable breakfast item, with all the apples and granola-like toasted oats. But it’s probably better saved for dessert— there’s a heap of sugar, a ton of butter, and a pile of whipped cream.

Simple Apple Pecan Crisp | Kitchen in the Hills

It all starts with apples, sugar, and a little lemon juice. Then a slew of fall spices get added to the mix— cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Butter, oats, brown sugar, and finely chopped pecans make a toasty, crisp top.

Simple Apple Pecan Crisp | Kitchen in the Hills

You can top this crisp with a little ice cream or a little whipped cream to make it even more decadent. I went with homemade vanilla whipped cream.

Simple Apple Pecan Crisp | Kitchen in the Hills

This crisp keeps surprisingly well, too.

Wrap up the leftovers and put them in your fridge. Reheat in the oven or toaster oven to keep some of the texture and crunch. Your future self will thank you.

Simple Apple Pecan Crisp | Kitchen in the Hills

Easy weekend baking at its best.

 

Simple Apple Pecan Crisp

Ingredients

For the filling:
  • 4 small or 2 large granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 4 small or 2 large red delicious apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • pinch of salt
For the topping!
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch ground ginger
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Toss together the filling ingredients in a 9×9 inch baking dish. Mix until the sugar and spices are evenly distributed.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, stir together the melted butter, oats, and brown sugar. Add the pecans, spices, and salt, an mix until evenly distributed.
  4. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the apple mixture in the baking dish. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the apples are cooked through and the topping is crisp and golden to dark brown.

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