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Family Favorite: Apple Crisp

modern ceramic casserole dish, Jenna Archer Ceramics, Calgary, Canada

Every fall, my family would gather at my grandma and grandpa’s home to pluck apples from their crab apple tree in their backyard. The apples were bright red and so sour your face would pucker as you ate them. My grandpa loved these tart apples - I can still see him biting into them and saying, “Ah, that’s just wonderful”. After hours of picking from the tallest branches, we left with large bags filled with apples. My mom would carefully peel, cut and freeze them for future pies, crumbles, and applesauce.

The all time favorite family apple dessert recipe made from our grandparent’s apples is Grandma Marlene’s Apple Crisp - yum! It is always a treat when Grandma comes for dinner and brings her Apple Crisp. To me, this is the perfect dessert for fall - comforting, familiar, and delicious. I love it served with vanilla ice-cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

If you’re searching for a recipe to bake fresh apples picked from your tree, I recommend trying my Grandma’s Apple Crisp recipe shared below:

Grandma Marlene’s Apple Crisp

Preheat the oven to 350degF


  • 1 cup Brown Sugar

  • 1 cup White Flour

  • 1 cup Oatmeal

  • ½ tsp Cinnamon

  • ½ cup Margarine

  • 6-8 Large Apples

Cut apples into small bite size pieces. Place cut apples into an 8"x8" casserole dish. Mix all dry ingredients, add margarine and blend together with hands until crumbles forms. Sprinkle the crumble on top of the apples and add a dash of cinnamon.

Bake for 35 minutes and serve warm with vanilla ice-cream. Enjoy!

I hope this dessert brings you comfort and that you enjoy every spoonful.

Love + Apples



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