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HOMEMADEAPPLECRISP

Crisps are the perfect dessert because anybody can conquer it with just a few easy steps and simple ingredients. Ingredients: 3 cups sliced and peeled apples

3 tablespoons orange juice 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup rolled oats 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into squares

Directions: 1. Combine apples, orange juice, granulated sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl and stir until apples are coated. Pour into a greased baking dish. 2. Combine flour, oats, brown sugar, and cubed cold butter into a bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment and mix on medium speed until crumbly and the butter is broken up. 3. Evenly spread the oat topping over the apples. 4. Bake the apple crisp at 350° F for 45 to 55 minutes until the topping is golden and apples are tender. Serve while hot.

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