Brown Butter Apple Crisp
Cuisine: USA
Author: Ryan Smith
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 40 mins
Total time: 1 hour
Something magical happens to the butter and brown sugar when they are cooked together, and this recipe maximizes that effect. I started from this basic recipe and kept it fairly simple. It's surprisingly easy, you just melt your butter on the stovetop, and cook it to just the right point.
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup oats
  • ⅔ cup white flour
  • 8 cups peeled, cored, and sliced baking apples (about 6-8 medium apples)
  • ⅓ to ½ cup sugar, depending on the sweetness of the apples
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the apple slices in a lightly-greased 9x13 inch baking dish, and toss with the sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Melt the butter in a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Continue cooking until foaming has subsided and the butter separates and turns a medium brown (tilt the pan occasionally to check color). Stir in the brown sugar and salt, and continue cooking for one minute. Off the heat, stir in the oats and flour, then press the topping together with the back of a spoon to form clumps. Distribute the topping on top of the apples, using caution as the topping will be hot.
  4. Bake until bubbly on all sides, about 35-40 minutes depending on the depth of the apples. Allow to cool at least 5 minutes, before serving beside vanilla ice cream.
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