Saturday, October 30, 2010

APPLE SKILLET CRISP - Cook's Illustrated

Doesn't warm apple crisp sound good right now? This is a super easy and delicious recipe from Cook's Illustrated.  All sorts of apples are in abundance right now and I used a mixture of Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious.  I served it with a choice of Greek yogurt or vanilla ice cream.  My niece and I loved it with the yogurt, the rest of the family opted for the ice cream, of course.


3/4cup (3 3/4 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4cup pecans , chopped fine
3/4cup old-fashioned rolled oats (see note)
1/2cup (3 1/2 ounces) packed light brown sugar
1/4cup (1 3/4 ounces) granulated sugar
1/2teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2teaspoon table salt
8tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter , melted
3pounds Golden Delicious apples (about 7 medium), peeled, cored, halved, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges (see note)
1/4cup (1 3/4 ounces) granulated sugar
1/4teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
1cup apple cider
2teaspoons juice from 1 lemon
2tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. 1. FOR THE TOPPING: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 450 degrees. Combine flour, pecans, oats, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and salt in medium bowl. Stir in butter until mixture is thoroughly moistened and crumbly. Set aside while preparing fruit filling.
  2. 2. FOR THE FILLING: Toss apples, granulated sugar, and cinnamon (if using) together in large bowl; set aside. Bring cider to simmer in 12-inch ovensafe skillet over medium heat; cook until reduced to ½ cup, about 5 minutes. Transfer reduced cider to bowl or liquid measuring cup; stir in lemon juice and set aside.
  3. 3. Heat butter in now-empty skillet over medium heat. When foaming subsides, add apple mixture and cook, stirring frequently, until apples begin to soften and become translucent, 12 to 14 minutes. (Do not fully cook apples.) Remove pan from heat and gently stir in cider mixture until apples are coated.
  4. 4. Sprinkle topping evenly over fruit, breaking up any large chunks. Place skillet on baking sheet and bake until fruit is tender and topping is deep golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool on wire rack until warm, at least 15 minutes, and serve.

1 comment:

  1. So lucky to have been a taste-tester for this recipe! The crunchy topping perfectly complements the texture of the apples. I loved this just as-is with no added yogurt or ice cream.