Right before the microwave incident occurred, I joked with my husband that what I was about to do was going to kill our poor old microwave.  I really didn’t believe what I was going to do was going to hurt it, honest.


I had a ton of apples on hand that I knew I wouldn’t be able to eat before they went bad.  I had purchased a giant pack of “imperfect” apples that were in various states of freshness and quality.  It was a warm night and I didn’t want to heat up my oven, so I turned to my microwave as a keep-cool option.  Who knew that microwaving a delicious apple crumble recipe would result in a microwave that no longer could run for more than a few seconds?  However, the end result may have been worth it.

Before proceeding with this recipe, you may want to ask yourself if your microwave is up to the task.  Has your microwave previously struggled to cook for 5 minutes straight?  If so, you may want to skip this recipe.

Microwave Apple Crisp Recipe

This recipe comes from Betty Crocker.  Betty would never steer me wrong!  Or so I thought…


  • 4 medium tart cooking apples, peeled, sliced (4 cups)
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup Original Bisquick™ mix
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (I personally doubled the amount of cinnamon)
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. In ungreased 2-quart microwavable casserole or 8-inch square microwavable dish, arrange apple slices.
  2. In small bowl, stir remaining ingredients until crumbly. Sprinkle over apples. Microwave uncovered on High 7 to 10 minutes, rotating dish 1/2 turn after 5 minutes, until apples are tender. Serve warm.

If you have some vanilla ice cream in the fridge, I definitely recommend adding a scoop on top.  YUM.

The Microwave Incident

As I mentioned, right before the microwave incident occurred, I joked with my husband that what I was about to do was going to kill the microwave.  It was pretty old and sometimes would beep haphazardly.  A 10 minute cook time wasn’t something this little microwave had ever done before.

It almost got to the 5 minute mark before it just stopped, shutting down completely.  The display above the input buttons no longer displayed anything.   Perhaps belittling the microwave wasn’t the best: it sure showed me who was the boss.  I unplugged it and plugged it back in.  It made a little beep and asked me what time it was.

Okay, great.  It still loved me.

I lied about the time and continued trying to cook my apples.

No, it ‘waved for a few seconds then turned off again.  I tried a few more times, realizing that if I put in shorter cook time intervals like 30 seconds it would make it through giving a beep of success instead of giving up.  I managed to get the apples cooked with the struggling microwave.

The apple crisp was damn delicious.  But that was the last meal it ever cooked.

RIP Microwave.  RIP.

Would I make this recipe again?

Good ol’ Betty was not to blame for my microwave incident.  It was surely a matter of time before it kicked the bucket.  We’ve since purchased a replacement microwave and I’ve made this recipe not once, not twice, but thrice in our new microwave.  The replacement microwave needed to be put to the test.  It worked perfectly each time.

I’ve also made this where I doubled the topping ingredients because my husband really loves the crumble more than the apples.

If you want apple crisp in under 15 minutes all-in, this is the recipe for you.

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