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Sheila's Best Apple Crisp (No Oats)

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“This is the apple crisp from my childhood (there is no oatmeal in the topping). If I could only pick one dessert to make the rest of my life, this would probably be it. Mom always made this in her beautiful copper au gratin pan. I bought the same pan when I got married, just so I could make this dessert. Originally from the 1966 version of the "Woman's Day Encyclopedia of Cookery", Mom adapted it slightly over the years (with a little help from Cooks Illustrated I think). Cutting the apples into "cubes" (instead of slices) helps the apples keep the apples firm throughout. I have made this with pecans or walnuts. I have also made it without nuts. I like it best with pecans, but all versions are yummy!! I love it warm or cold. You can serve it with ice cream, but I usually only do that for dinner parties.”
1hr 30mins
1 crisp

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut cold butter into small cubes. Place in freezer to chill further.
  3. Peel apples.
  4. Cut an apple into quarters. Cut out core. Cut each apple slice one more time so that there are 8 slices.
  5. Cube the apple by cutting each slice the "short" way 2 or 3 times. Apple chunks should be no smaller than 1 inch (or they will get too mushy when cooking).
  6. Cube the remaining apples.
  7. Put apples into an 8 1/2 x 12 inch au gratin casserole dish, or an equivalent baking dish (it's pretty forgiving).
  8. Pour water over apples.
  10. In the food processor put the sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and flour. Pulse until combined.
  11. Remove butter from freezer and put into food processor.
  12. Pulse to blend. Topping should be smaller than peas but not as fine as cornmeal.
  13. Add 3/4 cups chopped pecans pulse too mix.
  14. Sprinkle topping over apples evenly.
  15. Cover dish with foil.
  16. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
  17. Uncover.
  18. Bake for 30 more minutes.
  19. Cool before serving.

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