Fruit Crisp

(from redmed2000’s recipe box)

Source: Cook's Illustrated

Categories: dessert, not tried


  • Topping Mixture
  • 6 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar , packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter , cut into 1/2-inch pieces and chilled
  • 3/4 cup pecans or whole almonds, chopped coarse (or chopped fine if mixing topping by hand)
  • Fruit
  • 2 1/2 - 3pounds apples , nectarines, peaches, pears or plums (6 cups cut)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest from 1 lemon


  1. For the Topping:

  2. Place flour, brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in food processor workbowl fitted with steel blade.

  3. Add chilled butter and pulse until mixture moves from dry sand-like appearance with large lumps of butter to a coarse cornmeal texture, about three 4-second bursts.

  4. Add nuts and pulse until mixture resembles crumbly sand, about five 1-second bursts. Do not overprocess or mixture will take on a smooth, cookie-dough-like texture.

  5. (To mix by hand, allow butter pieces to sit at room temperature for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, mix flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in medium bowl. Add butter; toss to coat. Pinch butter chunks and dry mixture between fingertips until mixture looks like crumbly wet sand. Add nuts and toss to distribute evenly. Do not overmix.)

  6. Refrigerate mixture while preparing fruit, at least 15 minutes.

  7. Toss cut fruit, sugar, lemon juice, and zest (along with 1 tablespoon quick-cooking tapioca if using plums as fruit) in medium bowl.

  8. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees.

  9. Scrape fruit mixture with rubber spatula into 8-inch square (2 quart) baking pan or 9-inch round deep dish pie plate.

  10. Distribute chilled topping evenly over fruit; bake for 40 minutes.

  11. Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees; bake until fruit is bubbling and topping is deep golden brown, about 5 minutes longer. Serve warm or at room temperature.

  12. To make a larger crisp that serves 10, double all the ingredients, use a 13 × 9-inch baking pan, and bake for 55 minutes at 375 degrees, without increasing the oven temperature.

  13. If making an apple crisp, we recommend equal quantities of Granny Smith and McIntosh apples.

  14. Peel, core, and cut apples and pears into one-inch chunks. Peel, pit, and cut nectarines, peaches, and plums into half-inch wedges. If using plums, add one tablespoon quick-cooking tapioca to the fruit mixture.

  15. Half a teaspoon of grated fresh ginger makes a nice flavor addition to all the fruits.

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