Apple-walnut crisps with tequila How to make the best homemade apple crisp you’ve ever tasted

Apple–walnut crisps with tequila

Feed your inner child; indulge your outer adult

There are few things as comforting as the smell of baking apples… except perhaps digging your spoon into a warm apple dessert.

Individual apple crisps with a simple upgrade: tequila!

Here’s a crisp that will fill your kitchen with those irresistible baked-apple aromas for sure. But once you’ve taken the first bite, your taste buds will be smitten not just by the delicious warm-apple flavors, but by the zestful orange and the zingy tequila too.

An apple dessert that satisfies both the child in you and your adult self. Time to dig in!

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Apple–walnut crisps with tequila

serves 6
active time: 30 min

For the apples

  1. 8 medium Gala, Fuji, Braeburn or other firm–fleshed apples – peeled, cored and cut in 1/2″ slices
  2. 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  3. 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest (use a microplane grater)
  5. 1/4 cup turbinado sugar

For the topping

  1. 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 cup turbinado sugar
  3. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  4. pinch sea salt
  5. 4 oz (115 g) (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter – cold, cut in 1″ chunks
  6. 1/2 cup walnut pieces
  1. vanilla ice cream
  2. 6 tablespoons Reposado or Añejo Tequila
  3. 6 one-cup capacity ramequins – lightly buttered

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Step 1: Place the apple slices in a large bowl and sprinkle with the lemon juice, cinnamon, orange zest and sugar. Toss well and set aside.
  3. Step 2: In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Process at high speed for 15 seconds until well blended. Add the chunks of butter and process until crumbly. Add the walnuts and pulse a few more times until large, moist crumbs form. Do not over-process or the crumbs will form a dough.
  4. Step 3: Place the apple slices into the prepared molds. Sprinkle with the crisp topping. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, until topping is golden-brown and apples are bubbly. Remove from the oven and let cool until warm.
  5. Step 4: Place each ramequin on a dessert plate. Top with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon tequila and serve immediately.
  6. Cook’s note: The crisps can be baked up to 12 hours ahead. To reheat, preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) and bake for 6 to 8 minutes until warm, and serve as above. The crisps are best consumed the day they’re made. To make a large crisp, bake in a medium baking dish instead of individual ramequins. Follow the same directions. (Might require an extra 5 minutes of baking time.)

Apple–walnut crisps with tequila

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  • Reply Donna Ford February 24, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Thanks for the video Viviane! Looks delicious 🙂

  • Reply Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) February 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    I’ve been craving apple crisp, and this recipe sounds PERFECT for fulfilling that craving. can’t wait to try!

  • Reply Soni February 23, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Terrific Dessert!I’ll have to try this one for sure 🙂

  • Reply mjskit February 23, 2012 at 10:56 am

    aahh – the smell of baking apples! You’ve certainly got that right – not much better. You’re crispy sounds wonderful and I love the “M” rating at the end with the tequilla! 🙂

  • Reply Suzi February 23, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I can smell these now, I bet they were just delicious. Congrats on the Top 9 today also.

    • Reply Viviane February 23, 2012 at 10:29 am

      Thank you Suzi!

  • Reply Nancy/SpicieFoodie February 23, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Wow, tequila and apples? Now that is a combination I haven’t seen, but would love to try. It sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Reply Kiri W. February 23, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Mmm, sounds delicious, and tequila, too? That should lend a kick to these beauties!

    • Reply Viviane February 23, 2012 at 10:28 am

      It does Kiri, it does!

  • Reply Steve @ the black peppercorn February 23, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Looks so delicious. But there is one problem Viviane…. I would need at least two! Maybe three. 🙂

    • Reply Viviane February 23, 2012 at 10:28 am

      Steve! You make me smile…

  • Reply Angie@Angie's Recipes February 23, 2012 at 4:30 am

    With tequila…wow … talk about the creativity! These baked apple crisps look HEAVENLY!

  • Reply Liz February 22, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Mmmmm….I love warm apple desserts….especially topped with vanilla ice cream. I’ll have to break out the tequila next time…that sounds wonderful! Beautiful crisps!

  • Reply Evelyne@cheapethniceatz February 22, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    What an enticing dessert and you had me at tequila lol

  • Reply Ann February 22, 2012 at 12:00 am

    This looks terrific! I would have never thought to drizzle it with tequila! Your video is GREAT! Nicely done!

    • Reply Viviane February 23, 2012 at 10:25 am

      Thank you Ann!

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