Favorite Family Recipe: Apple Crisp

Awhile back I lived in a house that had a very productive apple tree in the backyard. It was a beautiful tree; I enjoyed it most around this time of the year, second only to its aroma of Spring blossoms.

The air became cooler, the days shorter, the apples sweeter— that was the time to pick!

I miss my apple tree, but fortunately several of my friends and neighbors have some growing in their yards. And there is U-pick at the local farms, too. No shortage of apples at our house. The boys love whatever I make with them, but their favorite is a family recipe, Apple Crisp. My mother grew up on it, as did I, and now my kids follow. I guess you could say it’s been time tested.

It’s really quite simple, both in the ingredients and the preparation. Serve it hot out of the oven, as is, or with some milk poured over. I guarantee it will be devoured in a short amount of time – at least it always is in our household.

As my son says, “It’s like apple pie without the crust!”

Apple Crisp


  • 4 cups apples, peeled, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted

Place sliced apples in a shallow baking dish, toss with lemon juice.
Combine dry ingredients and add melted butter. Blend until crumbly. Spread over apples.
Bake at 375º for 30 minutes.
Serves 4-6 people.

Recipe courtesy my grandmother.

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