Skillet Fruit Crisp Review
4 stars (on a 5 star scale)
A fairly good layer of soft, diced apples covered with much streusel. Personally, I'm not a big fan of streusel in general and think everything I get that has streusel has too much; this dish was no different. The streusel itself was only okay, probably because it didn't end up crispy, as it is supposed to be. Despite baking the dish for 25 minutes -the recipe only calls for 10-15 minutes-, only small parts of the top was crispy.
I used spicy pumpkin seeds from Andronico's. These were very good and greatly contributed to the dish.
I like this recipe but the next time I'll try it with less streusel, maybe half the amount. I'll also try it with other fruit besides apples and with other seeds or nuts, and probably more of them. Basically, sauteing fruit in a little butter, topping with a little sugar, and finally baking with something crunchy seems like a good basis for many desserts.
The crisp is easy to make, though dicing dicing the apples takes a while.
The main disappointing feature of the crisp and all the variations I'm thinking about is that they have no structural integrity. It's impossible to serve without simply scooping the crisp out in spoonfuls.
Other comments regarding ingredients:
* I used red delicious apples.
* Two pounds of apples was about five small apples.
* I used whole wheat flour.
* I used one quarter of a teaspoon salt, not the larger amount suggested. This amount seemed right, possibly because I used some salted butter and the pumpkin seeds seemed like they were already salted.
Regarding leftovers, whatever crispness there was to the streusel right out of the oven is gone by the next day. Still, I enjoyed the leftovers both at room temperature and warmed up.