*Apple* Crisp

One of my all-time favourite desserts is my mom’s apple crisp.

I don’t make it often enough. (Although it was one of my “40 Recipeslast year – #8, to be exact).

As I mentioned last week, I’ve lost the love for hot oatmeal for breakfast.

Yesterday, I didn’t need to be at work til 11 a.m. (typical for Mondays), so I had the brainwave to make myself Mom’s Apple Crisp.

Except I didn’t want any apples. So I omitted them. šŸ™‚

See, the best part of this dessert, for me anyway, is the topping. I’ve often thought to myself, “man, I would love to have just a bowl of this topping.”

So, I decided, why not? Why not just bake up a batch of apple crisp topping!!! Pure genius!!!

My mom’s recipe for apple crisp is the one we’ve been eating since childhood. It is unmatchable, unbeatable, and I’d confidently pit Mom against Bobby Flay on his Throwdown show, any day.

my recipe box - that I've had since about age 12 - contains many, many gems from mom

And yes, I will share! (or you can click the link above for last year’s write-up)…

can you tell from her printing that mom used to be a kindergarten teacher?!

Yes, the details given on that card are very specific. Remember who this recipe was written out for, k?

quantities and ingredients!

Here’s what I mixed up for The Grand Apple Crisp Topping Experiment (I halved the classic recipe):

  • 1/3 c brown sugar
  • 1/4 c gluten free all-purpose flour

first time trying this new-to-my-pantry staple

  • 1/4 cup oatmeal

my GF breakfast oatmeal

  • 1/2 tsp each cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 2.5 T margarine

I mixed it all, and baked it at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.

i used a loaf pan - seemed a proper size

And yes, then I dropped a few choco chips on the top.

et voila! topping-in-a-pan!

well? well????!

My experimental breakfast was yummy!!!

But scrumptious? outrageously divine?

Guess what. I missed the apples!

I think the apples must add moisture to the topping because I found it a bit dry.

But I really liked being able to eat my crisp and not *have* to include any apple bites!

Final analysis – needs a remake with a few a lot of tweaks. Next time, I will…

  • use a smaller pan – the topping needed to be thicker and not so spread out
  • bake it for 10-12 minutes instead of 15
  • add a bit more margarine (?) – 3 T, total???
  • double the cinnamon to 1 tsp and half the nutmeg to a 1/4 tsp
  • use regular, large flake oatmeal – like from when I had this tub!

My baking friends who are gifted with culinary skills – feel free to weigh in with other suggestions! (You can refrain from saying “just add the apples!”)

Are you a fruit crisp fan? I only like apple crisp.

What’s the best crisp/cobbler recipe that you always go to? I only like my mom’s.

Do you eat it with anything? Dad loves his with ice cream. Or he pours milk on top (eeeewwww!!!)

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  • Amanda  On May 3, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    I absolutely LOOOOVE apple crisp!! I love it with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, if I don’t have ice cream I’ll usually do a dollop of yogurt or something.

    I actually made apple crisp the other day and thought to include some maple extract in the topping, it was delish!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 3, 2011 at 9:55 pm

      yea! haha, i have to laugh because i can just see my dad saying “yea! ice cream! yogurt? too healthy!” maple extract sounds like a totally yummy variation…plus it would add just that drop more moisture that i am looking for!…

  • Johanna B  On May 3, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    I LOVE apple crisp. In fact, I love fruit desserts in general. I’d rather have my mom’s lemon pudding cake than chocolate anyday. Sounds like your mom makes your favorites, too. Hope you had a good day. Got to run catch the bus.

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 3, 2011 at 6:03 pm

      Thanks, johanna! It has been raining non-stop, but I had a lovely day, yes. Hope you did, too! How’s the baby?!
      My mom is a dessert queen! Lemon pudding cake?! That sounds like a family gem!

  • janetha @ meals & moves  On May 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Throwdown worthy? Must be good! I love any kind of crisp! Sign me up!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 3, 2011 at 12:50 pm

      i kid you not….this stuff is GOLDEN!!!! esp if mom makes it…me??…bobby’d take me down, no question. šŸ™‚

  • Dorry  On May 3, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    You bake and you learn, right? I love apple crisp. I also love peach cobbler! It’s been too long since I baked anything. Maybe I’ll make one for Mother’s Day. šŸ™‚

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 3, 2011 at 12:40 pm

      that’s the great thing about a crisp! it’s delicious any time of year! i wonder if there’s anyone who does NOT like apple crisp!! yes, hope you get to enjoy a bit of baking time soon, dorry!

  • Gina Unger  On May 3, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I LOVE apple crisp! Too funny that you tried it w/o the apples as a breakfast “cereal”! I use the recipe in the book “Simply in Season” on page 214 (Cranberry Apple Crisp). It is one of our family favourites b/c it’s different and tastes amazing! And the fact that it has a very healthy topping (I even add ground flax and use whole wheat flour). šŸ™‚

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 3, 2011 at 10:23 am

      …and since i have that cookbook – thanks to a certain dear friend!! – i can try that version! yum – i bet the ground flax adds a delicious crunch to the texture. glad your family enjoys this dessert, too! it’s pretty classic!!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg  On May 3, 2011 at 8:51 am

    I love fruit crisp — apple, blueberry, strawberry, etc. Any kind of berry and I’m a happy girl.

    I have eaten it with ice cream but I prefer crisp on its own, nice and warm!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 3, 2011 at 8:57 am

      berry crisp! now that’s a variation that i can’t remember ever having! my mom has a FANTASTIC recipe for blueberry buckle, but that’s different than a crisp. now you’ve put ideas in my head!…

  • Zo  On May 3, 2011 at 8:31 am

    I looove apple crisp…especially in the fall (sometimes with vanilla ice cream! I was almost happy to read that you missed the apple because I think knowing that I could eat just the crisp bit is too tempting.
    It’s been a while but I like rhubarb crisps as well…there’s something about the extreme tartness of the rhubarb that works well in a crisp!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 3, 2011 at 8:48 am

      next to apple crisp, i think my mom makes rhubarb crisp the most often…she even made it more when my parents still had their house, and had their own rhubarb plant. glad you’re an apple crisp fan, too! dad will be pleased to read that you’re a “with ice cream” person, too! šŸ™‚

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