Tried and True: Apple Crisp

It’s funny how our activities, mindsets, and tastes change with the seasons.

I can only speak from an Iowan’s point of view, but once Labor Day rolls around, we start thinking about falling leaves, cooler days, Halloween, and of course, the foods of fall; apples, pumpkins, and soups.

As an artist, I take a lot of pride in my creations, including the dishes I prepare. And though I have yet to find the perfect sugar cookie, I think I may have found the ultimate Apple Crisp.

I have tried many Apple Crisp recipes, hoping that I would hit on that one that makes everyone clamor for seconds.

I took a Betty Crocker recipe and added my own special touches. However, I believe that the right amount of each ingredient, as well as the time and temp at which it is baked, makes all the difference.

There are some recipes where the amount of ingredients don’t matter; however, I recommend you follow the recipe word for word. I guarantee you will be happy with the results.

Awesome Apple Crisp


5-6 apples – peeled, cored, and sliced

2 tbsp. granulated sugar

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup old-fashioned oats

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 cup cold butter or margarine


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Toss apples with white sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a medium bowl to coat; let sit in the bowl for 15 minutes so the apples get juicy, then pour into a square baking dish.

Mix brown sugar, oats, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a separate bowl. Mix the butter or margarine into the dry mixture until crumbly; top apples with the mixture.

Bake until the apples are tender when a fork is stuck into them, about 40 minutes. Let sit at least 1/2 hour before serving. Best served with ice cream or whipped topping.



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