Apple Crisp 101

It's decorative gourd season everyone!   That means apple picking, pumpkin displaying and eating all desserts with a pile of whipping cream.  Living in New England, especially with children, means that we must go apple picking at least once a season.  Most fall seasons I end up going more than once which means a lot of apples to eat and cook with. Last weekend we ended up at Carlson Orchards in Harvard, Massachusetts.  We have been there a few times and I like it because it is usually less crowded and it is less carnival-y than many of the others.  At first we picked up a small bag but the kids were having so much fun picking apples (and asking me to hide them in my purse) that we eventually got the bigger bag.  Now we have TOO MANY APPLES! img_5904.jpgImmediately I came home and started making apple crisp.  My family has been making apple crisp for generations so sometimes I even make it without a recipe.  I'm including some tips and a recipe that I like with some substitution suggestions. Apple Crisp Tips

  • Chop up the apples however you want - size and shape generally does not matter
  • Mix the apples with lemon juice, sugar and your spice preference
  • Check your cupboards for topping helpers.  Granola is awesome, oatmeal is good, just flour will do.
  • Serve warm with freshly whipped cream, ice cream or spray whipped cream, I won't judge.

Apple Crisp Recipe


  • 6-8 apples, peeled and diced however you like
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon*
  • 1/2 juice of lemon
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup oatmeal**
  • 2 Tablespoons flaxmeal (optional)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted cold butter

Prepare the Apples Mix the apples with the lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon and add to a 9 x 9 baking pan.

Prepare the topping  Mix all the dry ingredients.  Cut the butter up into small pieces and add to flour mixture.  Use a pastry cutter, two forks, or your fingers until it resembles a coarse crumb mixture.  Pat topping onto apples.  Bake for 40 minutes or until apples are bubbling and top is set.  It may not brown so don't wait for that.

* Cinnamon can be added to taste.  My husband is from Europe and thinks Americans use way too much cinnamon so I like to mix up the spices.  I recently found something called Bakers Spice from Penzley's Spice that I really like.

**Instead of oatmeal you can use any granola you have on hand which will make a super crunchy and delicious topping!