I recently started scanning in recipes from my Mom’s recipe box and came across her Apple Crisp recipe. Now, I have made apple crisp a number of times, but somehow it always seemed to be more work than it should have been. But, I knew it would be wonderful as a dessert to follow one of my new favorites, Harvest Pork Stew. Plus, my Mom’s recipe had proportions for as few as 3 apples, which made me realize that I did not need to make a huge batch. THAT saves on time spent slicing apples!
I also did an Internet search just to see what else I could find and came across what the author, a young man named John, calls The Best Apple Crisp Recipe.
Between the two, I came up with my own version. I used the ingredient portions from my Mom’s recipe except I substituted butter for the margarine. And, from the other recipe, I added lemon juice to the apple slices and used the mixing technique for the butter. I also planned to add nutmeg, cinnamon, and walnuts, but I found sunflower seeds and used those for the nuts and totally forget about the spices! And, you know what? It was great even without the spices.
Well, I did remember, halfway through the baking time, that I had forgotten the spices and, while I couldn’t find my cinnamon at the time (I DID find it later!) I did grate a little nutmeg on it, but not that much. ANYWAY, here is the recipe, with spices listed as optional*. 🙂 Note: you can easily double or more the size of this recipe!
Easy Apple Crisp for Two or Three
- 3-4 apples, depending on size, sliced
- 1-2 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/3 cup oatmeal
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup cold butter
- 1/8 or a bit more sunflower seeds or 1/4 cup walnuts or pecans
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional*)
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg – fresh ground if you can! (optional*)
- Slice apples to 1/4 to 3/8 thickness, discarding core. Peel if desired, but the skin is good for you!
- Place apple slices in a bowl and toss with lemon juice.
- In another bowl, combine oatmeal, brown sugar, flour and any spices.
- Slice cold butter and cut into the oatmeal/flour/sugar mixture using two forks or your fingers until the mixture is crumbly.
- Add nuts, if using.
- Grease a 9 inch pie plate or equivalent, spread the apples in it, and top with the crumbly mixture.
- Cook for 35-40 minutes in a 350 degree oven until apples are soft and it is browned on top.
And that is that. So easy! And really good. And, thanks, Mom. <3
P.S. (I keep forgetting to take pictures after the recipes are cooked! I guess it is because they look so good that we eat them right away. <grin>)