Everyday Dorie: Apple Custard Crisp

November 22, 2019 at 12:01 am | Posted in cobbler/crisp/shorties, cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, sweet things | 6 Comments
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apple custard crisp

Nothing against pie, but I honestly like a fruit crisp or crumble just as well. Some people won’t agree with this, but me, I’m mostly eating pie for the filling. Why not just skip the crust and sprinkle on a little sweet streusel instead? So much easier and just as good, IMO. This Apple Custard Crisp ups the easy deliciousness with a creamy brown sugar custard (quickly whisked up in a measuring cup) that’s poured over the apples before the streusel goes on top. My custard didn’t really come out saucy when baked, but it coated the apples luxuriously. The no-oat streusel baked up crispy and not too sweet, and the recipe for it made extra, so I have some in the freezer for another custard crisp when the urge strikes.

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see how the group liked this one.


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  1. You’ve nailed it: the addition of the custard coats the apple pieces luxuriously without making it saucy. I wonder whether it works the same way with stone fruits. Whatever the case, this is a great recipe!

    • it might be bit more saucy with stone fruit, and maybe even with pears, as they are softer and juicer.

  2. This was so good but I wish there had been more custard. Maybe I need some crème anglaise to pour over?

    • that would certainly not be a bad thing. haha. before i started making the recipe, i was sort of expecting it to come out like a clafoutis with streusel on top.

  3. This was very good and makes a great dessert for the holidays

  4. I totally agree…who needs a crust?!! I would much rather have the filling and streusel haha! This one was delicious!

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