When the air gets crisp, there’s nothing like homemade apple crisp, hot out of the oven, to summon sweater weather. There’s just something about that combo of tangy apple goodness and crispy, buttery topping, melting with a dollop of vanilla ice cream, that keeps us coming back for more. And more. Good news: you don’t have to love baking to make a good apple crisp. With a few apples and a little know-how, you too can make this simple dessert and live happily ever after all Autumn long.


1. History of apple crisp

Despite its timeless appeal, apple crisp is actually a relatively modern invention. The dessert made its first known appearance in a cookbook in 1924, namely Everybody's Cook Book: A Comprehensive Manual of Home Cookery by Isabel Ely Lord. Thanks to the abundance of apples in the Fall and simple, homey ingredients already in everyone’s pantry, the dessert has been a steadfast autumn staple ever since.

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