Chris Kimball's 3 awesome apple desserts

Celebrate fall's delicious apples with desserts that will make your mouth water and your home smell like heaven. America's Test Kitchen chef shares foolproof recipes for baked apples, reduced-fat apple crisp and French apple cake.

Reduced-fat apple crisp
Servings:

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients

  • For topping

    • 2/3 cup (2 ounces) old-fashioned rolled oats
    • 1/3 cup Grape-Nuts cereal
    • 5 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup (11/4 ounces) all-purpose flour
    • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • For filling

    • 6 large Golden Delicious apples (8 ounces each), peeled, cored, and halved
    • 1 cup apple juice
    • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
    • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

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Best baked apples
Servings:

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients

    • 7 large (about 6 ounces each) Granny Smith apples (see note)
    • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
    • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1/3 cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
    • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted
    • 3 tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats
    • 1 teaspoon finely grated zest from 1 orange
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • Pinch table salt
    • 1/3 cup maple syrup
    • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons apple cider

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French apple cake
Servings:

Makes 8 to 10 servings

Ingredients

    • 11/2 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, cut into 8 wedges, and sliced 1/8 inch thick crosswise
    • 1 tablespoon Calvados
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
    • 1 cup (5 ounces) plus 2 tablespoons -all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup (7 ounces) plus 1 tablespoon -granulated sugar
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 large egg plus 2 large yolks
    • 1 cup vegetable oil
    • 1 cup whole milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • Confectioners' sugar

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