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RECIPE: Best Apple Crisp A La Mode

By Icecreamed


(a la mode)

This is the very first recipe I made from The Blackberry Farm Cookbook and it is probably the singular most popular dessert I’ve ever taken out of my oven. It was gobbled up in 1.5 days. And the cast iron skillet made me feel like a grandma, in the best possible way. Please make this tonight. You’re welcome!



  • 6 organic granny smith apples, peeled/cored/chopped
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped out
  • 3/4 cup organic packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • zest and juice of 1 organic lemon, plus zest of a second lemon
  • 1 tsp organic ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup organic all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 1 cup organic old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 12 tbsp organic unsalted butter, diced at room temp


  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. Place the apples in a large bowl with the vanilla seeds, brown sugar, cornstarch, zest and juice of lemon and cinnamon then toss to coat.
  3. Transfer to 10-inch cast iron skillet and set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, oats, baking soda, salt and zest. Add butter and rub into mixture with your fingers until the butter is no larger than a small pea. Sprinkle over the apple mixture.
  5. Bake for 1 hour until the apple filling is bubbling and the topping is golden brown. Serve warm with your favorite ice cream!

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