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Spice Kissed Breadcrumb Apple Crisp

Spice Kissed Breadcrumb Apple Crisp

Use stale bread to make a breadcrumb topping for this delicious apple crisp! The toasted breadcrumbs are tossed with butter, pecans, and spices, and the apples soften as they bake.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time :20 minutes
Cook Time :45 minutes
Total Time :1 hour 5 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
Author: Amanda Paa



  • 2 pink lady apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 granny smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice divided
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tapioca starch or cornstarch
  • 4 slices stale bread, gluten-free or regular
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 5 tablespoons melted butter
  • pinch of salt
  • ice cream for topping


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • In a large bowl, mix together apples, 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, 1/3 cup brown sugar, salt and tapioca starch, so dry ingredients coat the apples. Set aside.
  • In a food processor, pulse the torn bread until about 10 times. Then add pecans and pulse until all are uniform sandy crumbs. Toast in a dry skillet for about 5 minutes, until just fragrant. Do not overbrown. Remove from heat and stir in remaining 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice, 1/3 cup brown sugar, melted butter and generous pinch of salt.
  • In the bottom of a greased casserole pan, sprinkle 3/4 cup of the crumble. Then add apples, patting down lightly. Top with remaining crumble.
  • Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, putting aluminum foil lightly over the top 20 minutes into baking to avoid top becoming too brown. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.