I love the taste of apples and lemons together, and the added punch of lemon zest and the pecans gives this Lemon Pecan Apple Crisp a unique flavor.
This delicious and seasonal Lemon Pecan Apple Crisp recipe, comments, and photos were shared with my by Karen Calanchini, Food Stylist and Photographer, of Redding, CA. Check out Karen’s Zesty Orange Pecan Apple Crisp.
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Lemon Pecan Apple Crisp Recipe:
Lemon Pecan Apple Crisp Recipe
1 cup granulated sugar, divided
3 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Zest from 1 Lemon, divided
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 peeled and sliced large tart cooking apples*
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
* Choose cooking apples on the tart side, such as Granny Smith, Jonagold, or Macintosh apples.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 9- by 13-inch baking dish.
In a medium-size bowl, combine 1/2 cup sugar, lemon juice, 1/2 of the lemon zest, water, vanilla extract, and cinnamon; whisk until all the sugar is dissolved. Pour sugar mixture onto the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
As you slice the apples, add the slices to the baking dish until all the apples are sliced. Thoroughly combine the sliced apples and the sugar mixture. Sprinkle the chopped pecans over the top of the mixture.
In another bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, flour, salt, remaining lemon zest, and butter until the dough is crumbly; sprinkle over the top of the apple mixture.
Bake approximately 40 to 50 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the apples are tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from oven.
Serve warm with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.