Skillet Apple Crisp with Maple and Bacon
Why This Recipe Works
Golden Delicious apples won our baking tests because of their ability to maintain their texture and shape. Moving our apple crisp recipe to the stovetop allowed us to stir the apples periodically so they would cook evenly. Plus, the stovetop’s heat drove away extra moisture and allowed the fruit and butter to caramelize and lend a sweet richness to the filling. Sugar, lemon juice, and apple cider gave our skillet apple crisp recipe depth and full-fledged apple flavor. For a topping that did our filling justice, we combined white and brown sugars, added cinnamon, salt, and chopped pecans, and replaced some of the flour with chewy rolled oats. After a few minutes in the oven, the “crisp” was just that.