When you don’t have time to roll out the dough for an apple pie, an easy apple crisp is the next best thing. Just peel, core, and slice the apples; toss them with a bit of sugar and cinnamon; and dump them into a baking dish. Then mix the oats, brown sugar, and butter for the streusel in the same bowl you used for mixing the apples, which saves you a dish to wash. Sprinkle the streusel over the apples, and in about an hour you’ll have an easy dessert of bubbling apples blanketed with a crunchy, sweet topping.
Game plan: Adjust the sugar in this recipe to the sweetness of the apples, using 2 tablespoons for exceptionally sweet ones and 3 if the apples are on the tart side.
This recipe was featured as part of our DIY TV Dinners menus.
Watch the CHOW Test Kitchen’s Amy Wisniewski make this easy apple crisp recipe in an episode of our Easiest Way video series.
Beverage pairing: Eifel-Pfeiffer Beerenauslese (half-bottle), Germany. Germany makes some of the world’s finest sweet wines from the Riesling grape, and the wines from the Mosel region in particular can have lovely apple flavors, with hints of pear, honey, orange zest, and spice. Beerenauslese is a designation meaning an extreme selection of highly concentrated sweet grapes that make a fine, clear-flavored, syrupy wine. While sweet, it’s tempered by mouth-watering acidity to keep it perfectly in balance.