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Simple Apple Crisp

Simple Apple Crisp 6.000
Oct 19, 2005

This is Tom Burford's favorite combination. The Golden Delicious contributes sweetness, so there's no need for sugar in the filling. The Winesap is tart; hence, no lemon juice. The Jonathan is both sweet and tart, for added depth of flavor. Taken together, this crisp is slightly tart. Any or all of these apple varieties can be substituted.

Servings: 6 - 8
  • 6 apples : 2 Golden Delicious, 2 Winesap and 2 Jonathan, peeled, cored and sliced into eighths
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons apple cider or hard cider (optional)


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Have ready an ungreased 8- or 9-inch-square baking pan.

Mix the apples together in a medium bowl and transfer them to the pan.

In a medium bowl, using a whisk, combine the butter, flour and sugar until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle it over the apples.

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Halfway through the cooking, if the apples look a little dry, add 2 to 4 tablespoons of cider. Let cool slightly before serving, or serve cold.

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Adapted from (Professor Apple) Tom Burford, based on a traditional Virginia mountain recipe.

Tested by Marcia Kramer.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (based on 8): 312

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 12g 18%

Saturated Fat: 7g 35%

Cholesterol: 31mg 10%

Sodium: 2mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 52g 17%

Dietary Fiber: 3g 12%

Sugar: n/a

Protein: 2g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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