Last Updated on December 29, 2022
Now that we’re on the brink of the fall, I have a hankering for a kitchen filled with warm spices. Apple crisp with pie filling is the answer for a simple, satisfying fall dessert. Warmed up and served with ice cream aka a la mode, it’s hard to resist.
The beauty of this simple apple crisp is that once you master the filling, you can use the same recipe for double-crust apple pies or hand pies as well! The filling is an excellent go-to recipe to have in your repertoire.
What Is a Crisp?
The basics of crisp are similar to crumbles and other one-dish fruit bakes. It consists of a fruit-based filling topped with a crumble and baked until the crumble is golden and the fruit is bubbling. Crisps get their names from the addition of oats, which “crisp” up in the oven.
Though the crumble and filing require few ingredients, they offer ample opportunity for creativity. You can switch up the spices in either of them. For the crumble — at its most basic a combination of sugar, flour, salt, and butter — I like to substitute different flours like almond meal or whole wheat, add nuts, or do a combination of brown and white sugars.
Tools You Will Need For This Apple Crisp with Pie Filling Recipe
For the Filling:
- six cups apples, sliced
- 1/2 cup brown or white sugar
- 2 Tbsp cornstarch
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon (a combination of cardamom, allspice, orange zest, etc. are all good options too. Add in 1/4 tsp increments)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 Tbsp rum, optional
For the Crumble:
- 1/2 cup butter, chilled and cut into 1-inch cubes.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour (you can replace it with almond flour or gluten-free flour)
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 9×9 baking pan
- Mixing bowls
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
Step by Step Instructions To Make Apple Crisp with Pie Filling
Step One: Preheat the oven and grease the pan
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9×9 baking pan with butter or oil.
Step Two: Make the Crumble
Combine flour, oats, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder. Work in the butter with your hands until shaggy crumbs form. Chill in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.
Step Three: Make the Filling
Make the filling. Whisk the sugar and cornstarch together in a mixing bowl until no lumps remain. Add the apples, vanilla, lemon juice, salt, and rum, and toss until the apples are evenly coated. Transfer the apples to the baking dish.
Step Four: Top Crumble over the Fruit
Make an even layer of crumble over the fruit.
Step Five: Bake
Bake the crisp until the filling is bubbling and the crumble is a deep golden brown, about thirty minutes.
Now the hardest part: let the crisp cool before slicing it. After that, you can warm up the individual slices, add a scoop of vanilla, and enjoy. Fall is on the table.
Easy Apple Crisp With Pie Filling
For the Filling:
- Preheat the Oven and Grease the Pan - Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9×9 baking pan with butter or oil.
- Make the Crumble - Combine flour, oats, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder. Work in the butter with your hands until shaggy crumbs form. Chill in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.
- Three: Make the Filling - Make the filling. Whisk the sugar and cornstarch together in a mixing bowl until no lumps remain. Add the apples, vanilla, lemon juice, salt, and rum, and toss until the apples are evenly coated. Transfer the apples to the baking dish.
- Top Crumble Over the Fruit - Make an even layer of crumble over the fruit.
- Bake - Bake the crisp until the filling is bubbling and the crumble is a deep golden brown, about thirty minutes.
- Now the hardest part: let the crisp cool before slicing it. After that, you can warm up the individual slices, add a scoop of vanilla, and enjoy. Fall is on the table
- Make sure apples are evenly sliced. A good sharp paring knife will work wonders.
- Cold butter is essential for making a good crumble.
How Do You Make Apple Crisp with Pie Filling and Oatmeal?
Apple crisp made with pie filling and oatmeal is a delicious dessert you can enjoy. It is especially great for serving during the holidays, such as Thanksgiving dessert.
To make apple crisp with pie filling and oatmeal, you will need 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup of old-fashioned oats or oatmeal, half a cup of brown sugar, half a teaspoon of cinnamon, half a cup of unsalted butter, and one can of apple pie filling (21 ounces). To begin, preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and grease an 8 x 8-inch square pan.
In a medium bowl, mix the flour, oats or oatmeal, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Then, chop your cold butter into slices and use a pastry cutter or fork to combine the mixture until it is crumbly.
Pour your apple pie filling into the square pan and then top with the apple crumble mixture. Bake the apple pie crumble for 25 to 35 minutes or until it is golden brown.
How Many Calories Does Apple Crisp Have?
The number of calories apple crisp has will vary by the recipe and the size of the serving. On average, one serving of apple crisp will have 228 calories.
To find the exact number of calories in the apple crisp recipe you are using, you can use a nutrition calculator. To use, all you have to do is enter ingredients, measurements, and servings of your recipe and it will calculate the calories and other nutrition facts of your apple crisp.
How Long is Apple Crisp Good for in the Refrigerator?
Apple crisp can last in the fridge for up to five days. Store your apple crisp in an airtight container in the fridge. When ready to eat, serve it chilled, or for best results warm it up in the microwave or oven.
You can also freeze apple crisp for up to three to four months. Allow the apple crisp to fully cool and then cover the pan in plastic wrap or aluminum foil or transfer it to an airtight container and place it in the freezer.
When ready to serve, allow your frozen apple crisp to thaw overnight in the fridge. To reheat, remove the plastic wrap and aluminum foil and heat in the oven for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also warm up individual slices in the microwave as well.
How Do You Make Juicy Apple Pie Filling?
To make juicy apple pie filling, use fresh apples and make a mix of different varieties. Good varieties to use for apple pie include Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, Golden Delicious, Jonathon, and Braeburn.
Be sure to add lemon juice, preferably fresh, to your chopped apples for extra flavor and juiciness. Be sure not to overcook or undercook your apples as well and don’t skimp on the sugar, butter, and spices.
What Can You Do With Leftover Apple Pie Filling Juice?
You can use the leftover apple pie filling juice as a topping. It will taste amazing on waffles, pancakes, and ice cream. You can even incorporate it into your waffle and pancake batter as well.
Tips & Tricks
-Make sure apples are evenly sliced. A good sharp-paring knife will work wonders.
-Cold butter is essential for making a good crumble.
Karen is a passionate pastry chef who loves to create delicious baked goods. She has been in the culinary arts for over 10 years, honing her skills and perfecting her craft. Karen is known for her creativity and attention to detail, creating unique desserts that bring a smile to everyone’s face. She is always looking for ways to challenge herself and come up with new recipes that are both tasty and visually appealing. Karen loves to experiment with different flavors and textures, and she is committed to providing the highest quality of products to her customers.