The secret ingredient in this apple crisp is Grape Nuts®. This extremely crispy and crunchy breakfast cereal does some amazing things to your basic oatmeal-based fruit crisp topping mixture.

Chef John
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Toss sliced apples with lemon juice to prevent browning.

  • Mix flour, rolled oats, wheat and barley nugget cereal, melted butter, 1/4 cup white sugar, and 1/4 cup brown sugar together in a large bowl.

  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup white sugar, and cinnamon into melted butter until sugar begins to dissolve, 3 to 4 minutes. Add apples and water; continue cooking and stirring until apples soften and are coated with sauce, 4 to 5 minutes.

  • Pour apples and sugar mixture into a 2 quart baking dish. Sprinkle topping evenly over the apple filling.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the top is browned and the filling is bubbling up around the edges, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

364 calories; 15.1 g total fat; 38 mg cholesterol; 152 mg sodium. 58.3 g carbohydrates; 2.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2012
Excellent apple crisp!! I watched the video of Chef John preparing it and went exclusively on my own measurements (before I found the written recipe) and it turned out absolutely fabulous! I added 1 1/2 lemon juice and more cinnamon nutmeg & vanilla. I highly recommend this recipe! So good with vanilla ice cream!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/09/2012
Made this today for Easter dinner. WAAAAY too sweet and buttery. Would be so much better with half the sugar and butter and twice the apples. The flavor was good just too rich and sweet. The Grape Nuts is a good addition though.....oh well.:/ Read More
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  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
04/09/2012
Made this today for Easter dinner. WAAAAY too sweet and buttery. Would be so much better with half the sugar and butter and twice the apples. The flavor was good just too rich and sweet. The Grape Nuts is a good addition though.....oh well.:/ Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2012
Excellent apple crisp!! I watched the video of Chef John preparing it and went exclusively on my own measurements (before I found the written recipe) and it turned out absolutely fabulous! I added 1 1/2 lemon juice and more cinnamon nutmeg & vanilla. I highly recommend this recipe! So good with vanilla ice cream!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/13/2012
OMG John's nailed it with this recipe. Who needs chocolate when they can have this? Perfect any time of the year and for any occasion. Chef John is my favorite cook here! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/21/2012
I used berries instead of apples but followed the recipe exactly for the crisp topping. Was a little disappointed. Don't think it was very good... First it wasn't near enough to cover the 2 qt baking dish. I had to double the recipe to cover it and I thought the Grape Nuts became soggy instead... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2012
This is the best apple crisp I have ever made.....Great great great recipe. I was thinking of using the topping on my sweet potato pie for the holidays cant wait to try it. This crisp did not last long in my house. If your a big apple crisp fan you have to try this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2012
My family loved it. I would add more cinnamon next time. But as is was great...also looks great!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2012
This recipe is simple and delicious. I did not have any Grape Nuts cereal so substituted some oat cereal and walnuts after chopping them in the food chopper. Cooking the apples in a frying pan with the sauce before putting it in the oven really sped up the cooking time. Everyone enjoyed this dessert! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2012
This was my first apple crisp to make yet not eat.. and it was fabulous! I am in canada and we do not have grape nuts sold in our city.. so I usedKellogg's Special K...low fat granola Cereal... and I didnt know it was low fat till right now when i got the box to let you know what I used...lol so needless to say my two kids did not even notice. My husband who has not just one sweet tooth... loved this! When everyone went ot bed he snuck down for a second bowl! A must try... easy and delish! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2012
This was delicious! great crispy/crunchy topping. Must have some vanilla bean ice cream to go on top:D Read More
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