Gourmet Bailey’s Just a Bite: Single-Serve Microwave Apple Crisp

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Published September 22, 2021
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The caramel drizzle enhances the flavors of this sweet dish. Samantha Bailey | The Montclarion

There’s a time for sharing and a time for indulgence. Sometimes, after a long day of class or a stressful day at work, you just want to be alone with some comfort food. I’m here to provide you with the recipe for this dorm and autumn-friendly, microwave apple crisp.

This recipe is a single-serve so don’t be afraid to slap your roommate’s hand away — unless they’re supplying enough ice cream for two.

What you’ll need for this recipe you probably already have in your dorm:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (or vegan butter)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour (or if you have a blender, make oat flour with your oats!)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt, optional and to taste
  • 1 medium apple, diced in about 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter melted (or vegan butter)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • You can also add things like pumpkin pie spice if you’d like!
Lathering your apples in cinnamon buttery goodness makes all the difference. Samantha Bailey | The Montclarion

Lathering your apples in cinnamon buttery goodness makes all the difference.
Samantha Bailey | The Montclarion

In a microwave-safe dish, add your chopped apples, 1/2 tablespoon of butter, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon and cornstarch. You want to be sure the dish is deep enough to allow the crisp to rise and the juices to release later on. The glass Tupperware your family sent you to school with should work just fine. Mix until the apples are evenly coated.

Assembling your topping should be easy. In another bowl, add your rolled oats, flour, softened butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Use your hands to pinch the butter into all your dry ingredients or if you are feeling lazy, use a fork. Your topping should come together in clumps if you press it together, but also break apart as you sprinkle it on top.

Your crumb topping should look like this before putting your dessert in the microwave. Samantha Bailey | The Montclarion

Your crumb topping should look like this before putting your dessert in the microwave.
Samantha Bailey | The Montclarion

Take the apples you set aside before and throw them into the microwave for one minute on high power to get them soft and ready to be covered. While those cook, take out the toppings or drizzles you would like to use. You’ll know the apples are done when they look slightly caramelized and smell fragrantly of cinnamon and sugar, the official fall flavor.

Take out your apples from the microwave now that they have been slightly cooked and add your crumble topping throughout the top. Make sure to cover the apples evenly.

Cook your crisp in the microwave one more time for two minutes on high power. Start to watch your crisp after about 90 seconds just to make sure it doesn’t burn.

Now time to top your crisp. You can enjoy this dessert with a scoop of vanilla or peanut butter ice cream (just trust me), whipped cream, vanilla yogurt or pecans and maple syrup.

I recommend you indulge in this dessert snuggled up while watching my favorite Halloween movie, “Hocus Pocus,” and officially welcome the fall in the only correct way. Until the next bite.

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