In a small mixing bowl, add the chopped apples, ½ tbsp all-purpose flour, ¼ tsp allspice, ½ tbsp brown sugar, and melted butter.
Mix well. Ensure you have incorporated the flour and the spice thoroughly.
Divide the apple mixture into half and add them to two microwave-safe ramekins like below.
Now microwave the apple-mixture for one minute. This helps to soften the apples. I microwave them one-by-one.
Prepare the crisp.
While the apples are microwaving, in a mixing bowl, add the all-purpose flour, softened butter, ground cinnamon, sugar, and oats.
Using a fork or with hand, mix the crisp ingredients.
Now divide the crisp mixture into half and spread them evenly on top of the apples like below.
Microwave this apple topped with the crisp for 2 minutes or until the apple is soft. I shouldn't take more than 3 minutes when you make in these small ramekins.
Let it cool for a bit and serve it as is or with ice cream or whipped cream.
Instead of allspice, you can use ground cinnamon for the apple layer. Or use allspice for both apple layer and crisp. Adjust the spice measure as per your preference. We love the flavor of ground cinnamon and allspice, so I always add more.
I have considerably reduced the amount of butter used in the crisp. For this measure, you can add up to 2 to 2.5 tbsp of softened butter. Make sure you are not melting the butter for the crisp mixture.
With 1 tbsp of butter, the crisp was not dry, and especially when served with ice cream, it was perfect. If you feel your crisp is dry, then drizzle ½ to 1 tbsp melted butter and microwave for 20 to 30 seconds.
As I make in ramekins, I usually chop the apples into small pieces instead of slicing them. You can try slicing or grating apples also.
Adjust the sugar as per your taste preference, and I highly recommend brown sugar for this crisp.
The cooking timing might vary depending upon your microwave power setting. Test the apples for doneness and adjust the timing. They should be tender and soft, and that's the perfect stage.
I love both my brown-betty and apple crisp with red, gala, or honey crisp apples. You can use granny smith or other apples of your choice.