Easy Apple Crisp Recipe In A Cast Iron Pan

December 15, 2015



Cast Iron Pan Apple Crisp Recipe

My husband is the chef around here. Oh, I cook out of necessity, and I'm not bad at it, I just don't enjoy it. It's a chore...but not to my hubby. Nope. He loves dreaming up menus, chopping, peeling, mixing. He even likes the shopping part.

Try to take him shoe or clothes shopping and he literally runs the other way. If I mention the grocery store, however, he's totally on board.

One of the best presents he ever bought for himself, was a cast iron pan. He loves that thing and lately he's been making anything he can in it, everything from cornbread to deboned chickens.

This week's treat was an apple crisp.

The whole house smelled like cinnamon and sugar for days. It made my quiet moments of Christmas contemplation even sweeter.

I normally make apple crisps in a glass baking dish and according to a girlfriend's very carefully calibrated recipe. He doctored it up to suit himself and his big heavy pan. Sounds like a guy thing, to me, but it worked. It was delicious.

Gone in no time flat.

Here's his recipe.

Three Granny Smith apples, two red apples and one red pear peeled and cut into small chunks.
Put them in a bowl and sprinkle them with two tablespoons of white sugar and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Mix them around.

In a separate bowl mix a half a stick of butter with one cup of oats, one cup of flour, one cup of brown sugar, two teaspoons of cinnamon and mix it well. If it's too thick, add a bit of water to make it easier to work with.

Spray a 10" cast iron pan, add apples to bottom and oat mixture on top.

Bake approximately 40 minutes on 350.

Now, in the interest of full disclosure, he (actually we) are wing it kind of chefs. A little of this, a little more of that. You get the idea.

It did taste really good though.

One small taste for us, then we left the house. The kids were going to go to Starbucks with friends for treats and coffee, but when we came back, the whole gang of them were in the family room watching a movie...and the pan was empty.

I think that's a pretty good endorsement. Dad was very happy.

Of course, I would've been happier if they picked up their plates and cups and put them in the garbage.

It's ok, though, I'd rather clean up than cook!

Do you have a favorite cast iron pan recipe? Please share!! He's always looking for inspiration and I am always looking for a way of of cooking dinner.  ; )



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66 comments:

  1. Cast iron, the original nonstick. Your husbands crisp looks very lovely. I like the fact that he used a combination of different apples and a pear. I bet it was great. Good thing you got a picture before it was gone. ;) I have a couple of sizes. When the kids are home we almost always have fried potatoes for breakfast at least once and I make them in the cast iron skillet. Last week I found a fun cast iron pan for making jalapeno poppers and it will soon be wrapped and under the tree. My youngest uses hers for cooking when she is camping. Love your post.

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    1. Thank you, Lorri! You are always so kind. I have never cooked with one. My mom had one when we were growing up, but I don't remember her using it much. It was the 70's and teflon was new and all the rage. I don't like that stuff. I use stainless pans, but now that I have been turned on to the cast iron, I may start using that more often. Unless of course the hubby is home...then I will be nowhere near the kitchen! ;)

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  2. Ha! Fun and Yummy. :-)
    I do have a few recipes I can share. I will put it on my to do list. In the mean time one I can think of quick is a Dutch Pancake.
    http://www.marthastewart.com/333957/dutch-baby-pancake
    Here is a recipe I found quick. We add any kind of fruit, apples are our favorite.
    Carla

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    1. This looks great! Thank you Carla.

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  3. Hi Kim, this is awesome. I remember my mom cooking with hers and how great everything was that came from that pan. I don't use one but I think I should. Thanks for sharing the recipe. It looks delicious and sounds like the kids thought so too.

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    1. The kids definitely liked it…a little too much, maybe. We were hoping for seconds! ;)

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  4. That's teenagers fo ya! Ha! Looks yummy! I'll half to try it !

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    1. You bet...eat, leave the mess and go watch a movie. Classic!! ;)

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  5. We love apple crisp and I love my cast iron pans too. Never occurred to me to make the crisp in one of the pans!! Genius! I just made cornbread in my 10" cast iron pan tonight! While the oven heats up, I put some butter in the pan and put it in the oven to melt while I make up the cornbread mixture. I then take the hot buttered pan out and pour the batter in and return to oven. The hot butter gives it a nice crispy crunch on the bottom! Yummmers!

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    1. Oh my gosh Kathe, that sounds amazing!! Cornbread in that skillet is my newest addiction, I slather it up with butter after, but baked in, before? That sounds so good and a little bit dangerous! ;) Thanks for sharing the tip!! That is one we will be putting to use right away. Yum!

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  6. Yum! I make my apple pie nearly the same way with a mix of green and red apples. Curious about the pear in his crisp. Is it for texture? Or to thicken up the mixture? I would totally try this but I don't have a cast iron pan, ...yet.

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    1. Honestly, Audra, he saw them in the store and bought a few to eat. When he was making the crisp, he decided to throw one in because he liked the taste. Not very scientific, is it? ;)

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  7. Wow! What great timing for this recipe! I am having brunch on Christmas morning at my house and I wanted to make something sweet. I saw a recipe for a caramel apple pie in a cast iron pan but I was afraid it might be too sweet. I needed something else to make and still use the cast iron. This is perfect! Thank you hubby and you for sharing!

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    1. Oh! You just made my day AnnMarie! SO glad you could use the recipe. It really was so good and perfect for brunch! Let me know how it goes!

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  8. I too love my cast iron pan! It makes lovely meals and this recipe sounds pretty yummy! You are one lucky gal to have a hubby that likes to cook!

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    1. I have never cooked in it myself Lynn, but whatever he makes turns out great! Lucky indeed! :)

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  9. Apple crisp is one of my favorites, now I'm going to have to try it out in my iron skillet!

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    1. It was so good Rhonda. The pan definitely made a difference.

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  10. Sorry, no cast iron recipes from me. I've actually never cooked with one before. I always used to cook but once I hurt my back the hubs took over and I'm perfectly happy that he did. The crisp looks yummy...I'll have to give your recipe to the chef. He's always wanted a cast iron skillet and this recipe could send him out to get one. ;)

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    1. We are lucky gals, Kristi…two personal chefs on premises. It doesn't get any better than that!! ;)

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  11. Thanks, Kim! I'm going to bring this to a Christmas brunch with family!

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    1. Great Alice! Glad you could find some inspiration today. Merry Christmas to you and yours! :)

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  12. Oh yum! I make apple crisp but never thought of using cast iron. Cast iron makes everything better! :)

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  13. Oh wow Kim, are you ever so lucky to have a guy that loves to be in the kitchen!! Mine makes a mean breakfast and the rest is up to me!! Lol!! I love apple crisp and the recipe sounds so good!! I bet your kids and friends were happy too! Julie xo

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    1. I am so lucky, Julie and I really appreciate his efforts! :) Merry Christmas!

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  14. Sounds and looks like an Apple Crisp treat for my Michigan cast iron pot . . .
    The teens were the best testimony . . .
    I sent you my favorite easy peasy cast iron bread recipe . . ,
    Did it arrive??

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    1. It did, Lynne!! Thank you, sounds great. I am a huge fan of bread!!

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  15. This looks so yummy and cast iron pans are the best. I am going to make this one for sure. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Merry Christmas Vanessa…and thanks! :)

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  16. My hubby bought himself a cast iron skillet years ago too! He loves to make jalapeno cornbread in it. This apple crisp sounds so good and I love the addition of a red pear! The crumb mixture on top is always my favorite part. Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. That's my favorite part, too! ;)

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  17. Love a good apple crisp in the winter and they are truly best cooked in an iron skillet! I think Trisha Yearwood has a wonderful recipe for Skillet Apple Pie if you want the hubby to make that for you! Pinning! YUM!!

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    1. I will check it out! Thanks!! :)

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  18. Another new recipe for me, yayyy!! I got a cast iron pan for a tortilla pizza recipe but honestly I never, ever use it. Maybe now I will!! And here's that recipe for your hubby:
    http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/skillet_tortilla_pizza/

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    1. Thanks Debbie! This one is just up his alley!! Mine too...yum! :)

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  19. Kim, the Crisp sounds wonderful. Copied down the recipe. My hubby is the same way. He says he loves to grocery shop (not any other kind), but secretly I think he uses that as an excuse to keep me out of the store. Our Raley's has a great section of home goods and wonderful magazines!! Food is incidental to me! Enjoy the holidays with your family..Merry Christmas..Judy

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    1. I’m with you Judy…food is incidental! ;) Merry Christmas!

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  20. Oh I do so love my iron skillets! I've cooked everything in them, from venison, to fried potatoes, to fried chicken, peach cobbler, biscuits, cornbread, and cinnamon rolls, to name a few, lol! I have a recipe on my blog for an awesome biscuit recipe, but I think you already saw that one. The apple crisp sounds delightful, and I like the added use of the pear! You have made me officially hungry for an apple crisp now, lol! You and I would work great in the kitchen, I would cook, and you could clean up after me, lol :) Have a fabulous day friend!

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    1. It’s funny, as I wrote this post, I thought about your biscuit recipe! I am definitely adding that one to the list. I pinned it!! :) Ps- If we lived closer I would take you up on your offer in a jiffy. Especially if I got to hang out with your chickens for a bit!

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  21. Stop the presses! Your husband likes to cook AND clean up??! Does he have a brother? And no, I don't care that I'm married. I can convert to Mormon :).

    Cast iron cookware is so durable, it will truly outlast all of us. I just wish they weren't so heavy!

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    1. Doreen, you just made me laugh out loud!! Thank you! And sorry, no brothers… ;)

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  22. It looks delicious / I haven't had a cast iron skillet for ages...I keep thinking I should get one again, though! :)

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    1. I'm actually thinking about buying another size, Deb! :)

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  23. Wow, my mouth is watering, but I think that might be beyond my hubby's "cooking" level. I'm pinning this for next year when my tastebuds have returned.

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    1. I hope they come back quickly, Carol!

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  24. I grew up watching my grannies cook in cast iron skillets but never have seen a dessert that looks this yummy in one. Definitely on my list to try. Thanks so much for sharing :)
    Karen

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    1. My husband gets all the credit for this one, Karen! Thanks for the visit and the sweet comment. :)

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  25. Kim, I can smell the cinnamon all the way over here. Now where is my pan?? I have to admit, my husband is a natural cook too, althought I think he does not do it often enough for my taste!! Merry Christmas.

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    1. I know, Mary, I have to "request" his cooking too often. I wish he would just take over all the time! ;)

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  26. I cook almost exclusively in cast iron....I love my cast iron pans so much. I have five different sized skillets & I use at least three every day. The secret is learning to preheat your pan well THEN add you cooking spray or oil so foods don't stick. (preheating isn't needed for baking like breads or desserts)

    I have two skillets passed down, one from my mom & one from my husband's grandmother. They were very well seasoned when they were given to me. My largest skillet I bought & had to season myself but I've used it over 15 yrs at least & it's in great shape. I'll never buy a new one again though. They are so easy to find at thrift shops & yard sales. One that's been used is well seasoned & easier to cook in.

    I sear all our meats pretty much no matter what recipe I cooking, in the skillet. Crockpot meats, oven roasted, ect. I sauté vegetables almost daily for everything from omelets, to topping a dinner salad with sautéed onion, mushroom & chicken. Roasted veggies taste best when you preheat your skillet in the oven getting it very hot, then spray a little extra virgin olive oil in the skillet, immediately add seasoned fresh veggies & return to the oven to roast. With our very low carb diet most meals are meat & salad so I usually just cook meats or roast veggies in the skillet. I often make quiche as well.

    Yummo - I need to go start cooking now!

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    1. Thanks for the hot tips Jenny! I think I am going to start adding to our collection, as well.

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  27. It looks so good, and I love making anything in my cast iron pans. My husband doesn't like to cook...but we have an agreement, I cook and he cleans up! Actually my hubs love to clean too. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I have everything on hand except the pear so I'l just use 3 apples.

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    1. Looks like you guys are a cooking and cleaning match made for each other! :)

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  28. Hi Kim,
    I have never made anything like this before in a cast iron skillet...this looks amazing and I have added this to my list to try!
    I love all things apple so I know this will be delicious!
    Enjoy your weekend!
    Hugs, Kimberley :)

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    1. So glad you found something inspiring here today, Kimberley. Enjoy your weekend, too!!

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  29. Oh this looks SO good! I wish there was a taste button. May this week be Merry and Bright for you.

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    1. Oh a taste button! I need one of those, Laura! :) Thanks for the sweet comment and I wish you a Merry and Bright week, too! :)

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  30. Hi Kim,

    This sounds wonderful. I have a cast iron pan somewhere....just might have to dig it out for this.

    My husband also likes to grocery shop but I don't dare send him there without me. He buys the store out! Ha.

    Merry Christmas and blessings to you and your family.

    Barb

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    1. Haha! That's funny, Barb, I send my husband to the grocery store for milk and he comes back with a cartload...shrimp, steaks cheeses...no milk! Must be a guy thing! ;)

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  31. Love me a man who likes to cook. Dennis is the breakfast cook, which I really appreciate, but we always have twice the pans and prep stuff to clean up when he cooks. It was that way with my late husband, too, who was a gourmet cook. Of course, then we had a dishwasher which was a good thing. Now we wash everything in our large sink -- no dishwasher. I don't know why I'm telling you this. Must be deep-seeded resentment in there somewhere. LOL! Hugs, Nancy

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    1. Ah, yes, the many, many pots and pans syndrome. My husband has that too…and yes, I am the clean up girl. We have a dishwasher, but pots and pans don’t always wash very well. It’s hard to be unhappy about a yummy meal though, so I suffer in silence…and with a full belly!! xoxo

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  32. Apple crisp in a cast iron pan sounds perfect! Cast iron is wonderful to cook in - it's all my mom uses and my grandma always used one, too. I have several cast iron pans, plus stainless. Cast iron makes great cornbread and scrambled eggs, too.

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    1. Never tried scrambled eggs in it. Maybe that should be the first new recipe we try!! Back to basics! Ha!

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  33. Merry Christmas! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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