Heirloom Apple Bourbon Crisp
A familiar & cozy dessert gets a decadent twist with the addition of bourbon. Winesap apples are delicious baked into this crisp, however any baking apple will work. Winesap is a mildly sweet-tart apple, so simply adjust the amount of sugar in the filling if your apples are more or less tart. We like Woodinville Whiskey Bourbon, but feel free to use any good quality bourbon, substitute brandy or even omit the alcohol if you prefer.
Servings Prep Time
6-8servings 20-30min
Cook Time Passive Time
55min 50min
Servings Prep Time
6-8servings 20-30min
Cook Time Passive Time
55min 50min
For the Filling
  • 8cups fresh Winesap applesapprox 6-7 medium apples
  • 1whole juice of one lemon
  • 3ounces Bourbondivided in half
  • 1 1/2tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2Tbs unsalted butter
  • 1/2cup brown sugarpacked
  • 2Tbs all purpose flour
  • 1/2tsp kosher salt
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/8tsp allspice
For the Topping
  • 3/4cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4cup brown sugarpacked
  • 1/2tsp cinnamon
  • 2pinches kosher salt
  • 4ounces unsalted butterchilled & cut into cubes
  • 3/4cup oatmeal
To prepare the Filling
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9″ x 9″ baking pan and set aside.
  2. Prepare the apples by peeling, removing the core and slicing into thin slices and then cutting into quarters.
  3. Melt 2 Tbs butter in large saute pan over medium heat. Once butter has melted, add the apples to the pan and squeeze the juice of one lemon over the apples, along with half of the bourbon. Toss gently to coat the apples in the butter/lemon/bourbon mixture.
  4. Saute the apples for approximately 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. While the apples are cooking, mix together the remaining filling ingredients (brown sugar, flour, salt, and spices).
  6. Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the apples, along with the remaining bourbon and vanilla and toss gently to coat.
  7. Remove from heat and pour the apple mixture into the prepared 9″ x 9″ baking pan.
To prepare the Topping
  1. Mix brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt by pulsing several times in food processor or mixing by hand in large mixing bowl. If using food processor, add cubed butter and pulse several times until butter is the size of peas. If mixing by hand, add cubed butter and gently work butter with your fingers or pastry cutter until similar results are achieved. Finally, add oatmeal and pulse or mix just until incorporated.
  2. Once mixed with either method, a final mixing with your fingers will bring the mixture together into clumps and create a crumbly mixture. Pour this mixture immediately over the sauteed apples.
  3. Spread crumble mixture evenly over the top of the apples and place in the oven. Bake for approximately 45-50 minutes or until top is golden and juices are thickened and bubbly around the edges of the pan.
  4. Remove from oven and cool for a bit. Serve slightly warm with ice cream.