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Crustless Apple Crumb Cake

One recipe from the Temple Israel cookbook was a crustless apple crumb cake. An Americanized apple streusel, also known as apple crisp, it was a favorite Friday evening dessert during my childhood. “Fill any size pie plate with apples, depending upon the size of cake desired,” were the vague directions.

Tip: I often add fresh mint or fresh cranberries to my apples — delicious.–Joan Nathan

LC A Crisp By Any Other Name Note

Let’s not split hairs. This dessert combines plenty of apples with sugar, cinnamon, and a crumbly, crispy, brown sugar topping. Whatever you call it, crumb cake or streusel, it’s a fine end to any meal, and without all the work of making and rolling out a pie crust. What’s not to love? After all, a crisp by any other name would smell (and taste) as sweet.

Crustless Apple Crumb Cake Recipe

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • Serves 10 to 12

Ingredients

  • 12 Cortland, McCoun, McIntosh, Greening, or Granny Smith apples (about 12 cups)
  • Rind and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup white sugar, or to taste
  • About 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • About 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 6 ounces (3/4 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup orange juice

Directions

  • 1. Peel, core, and slice the apples. Place in a greased 9 by 13-inch or equivalent rectangle baking dish. Grate the lemon rind and then squeeze the juice over the apples. Sprinkle with the white sugar and about 1/4 teaspoon of the cinnamon.
  • 2. In a mixing bowl pinch together the flour, brown sugar, and butter or margarine. Scatter over the apples and then sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.
  • 3. Pour the orange juice over the crumb topping. It will seep through to the apples.
  • 4. Bake in a preheated 400°F (200°C) oven, approximately 30 minutes or until the apples are soft and the top is brown and crusty. Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
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