This time of year there is no shortage for fantastic, fresh, crisp, organic, local apples.  My favorite thing to do with the oodles of apples available in September is to make my grandmothers apple crisp.  This isn’t the apple crisp with oats you remember from school lunches!  This is a delicious crunchy slice of autumn!  The recipe is as follows:


2 lbs. cooking apples

1/4 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar ( firmly packed)

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt ( you can be generous unless you decide to substitute salted butter)

3/4 cup flour

1/2 cup unsalted butter


1. Cut cold butter into small cubes. Place in freezer to chill further.


3. Peel apples.

4. Cut an apple into quarters. Cut out core. Cut each apple slice one more time so that there are 8


5. Cube the apple by cutting each slice the “short” way 2 or 3 times. Apple chunks should be no

smaller than 1 inch (or they will get too mushy when cooking).

6. Cube the remaining apples.

7. Put apples into an 8 1/2 x 12 inch au gratin casserole dish, or an equivalent baking dish (it’s pretty


8. Pour water over apples.


10. In the food processor put the sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and flour. Pulse until combined.

11. Remove butter from freezer and put into food processor.

12. Pulse to blend. Topping should be smaller than peas but not as fine as cornmeal.

13. Sprinkle topping over apples evenly.

14. Cover dish with foil.

15. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

16. Uncover.

17. Bake for 30 more minutes.

18. Cool before serving.

I prefer to leave it slightly hot and add the best vanilla ice cream you can get! Enjoy!


Melissa Beals

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