Recipe: Apple Crisp for One

Based off my favorite California Pizza Kitchen dessert which, sadly, is no longer on the menu. This comes darn close, though!


1 small Fuji apple, cut into 1/8″ slices, then each slice cut in half
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. flour
1 tsp. water


1 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. firmly packed light brown sugar
3 tbsp. flour

Vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce as accompaniments


  1. Mix apple slices, cinnamon, flour, and water in a small bowl. Place apple slices in a small 1 cup ramekin (~4-1/2″ diameter); gently pat down to flatten.
  2. Mix brown sugar and flour in another small bowl. Melt butter for 20-30 seconds on HIGH in microwave (until totally melted); mix with sugar and flour. Should be lumpy; scatter on top of filling. Gently flatten so there are no peaks to burn.
  3. Place ramekin on foil-covered cookie sheet, and place cookie sheet on oven rack two positions from top. Bake for 35 minutes in pre-heated 375° oven.
  4. Stick immediately in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  5. Serve with vanilla ice cream and warm caramel sauce.


  • The flour and water is to help prevent the filling from getting too watery from the apple’s natural juices.
  • To measure the flour for the topping, gently spoon the flour into the measuring spoon instead of scooping the measuring spoon itself into the flour, before leveling with knife.
  • 35 minutes baking time will leave the apples still firm and crispy, the way I like it!
  • 15 minutes in the fridge will still keep the crisp very warm, but will be cool enough to handle the ramekin.

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