apple crisp | more tasty fall

I decided to make an apple crisp yesterday which lasted all of 8 minutes, give or take a minute. No exaggeration. The kids inhaled it after school leaving only a small portion each for myself, Vin and Grace. This is the perfect size to make for a quick family dessert but you may want to double to recipe if making it for a gathering (or you want it to last longer than 8 minutes).

The ingredients:


Ingredients include butter, oatmeal, brown sugar, flour, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and of course, apples. I used a mix of Empire, Macs and a Granny Smith for added tartness.

First you want to coat the apples with the vanilla and brown sugar. Give them a good stir and then pour them into a baking dish. I used a pretty pie dish. It can be round or square. I leave that crazy decision up to you.


Yummy, gooey, sweet apple chunks that I really wanted to eat raw but didn’t.


Now you need some crumb topping. I didn’t add any sugar to my crumbs since the apples were coated in it. I think it was the perfect balance.

I used the same bowl that my sugared apples came out of. A) less to clean and I’m a fan of less cleaning and B) then you’ll get any remaining brown sugar bits mixed into the crumb topping and I see nothing wrong with that.

Mix the flour, oatmeal and spices with the butter. Do not melt the butter. Slightly soft is good since chilled is a bit hard to work with but keep in mind that chilled will make the best crumbs.

I mixed all of this by hand. You can too. It can be our little secret.


Now that your crumb mixture has been spread ever so artfully on top of your apples, pop this baby in the oven for a half hour.


You’ll know when it’s done because all sorts of scrumptious sugared apple goo will be bubbling at the sides.

Perhaps goo is not the most appetizing word.


See? All done. I imagine this would have made a pretty picture should I have paired it with some ice cream but there was no time for that. I had to dig a fork in before I was left with none. We all ate it warm. It got 5 big thumbs up in our house and I’m betting it will in yours as well.

Apple Crisp

4 cups of apples, peeled & cubed
2/3 cup of light brown sugar
1/2 cup of flour
1/2 cup of quick-cooking oats
1/3 cup of butter, room temperature
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla

1.  Grease the bottom and sides of an 8″ baking pan. Set aside.

2. Mix together the apples, vanilla and brown sugar. Pour into prepared dish.

3.  Stir together the remaining ingredients until you make coarse crumbles. Sprinkle evenly over the apples.

4. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until apples are  completely cooked and tender.


Coffee is good today. Just finishing up another cup (2? 3? I lost track somewhere around noon) hence the dumping of my brain’s contents that’s going to take place in another millisecond: Grace is having a very big day. She didn’t wear a diaper to school! :: She made a lovely beaded necklace out of big chunky foam beads. :: While she was out, Vin and I hit Target. Got Gracie a b&w outfit which I think will make it’s way to the Thanksgiving table and hopefully into some Miller family portraits. I figure b&w is so easy for all 5 to coordinate to. :: Have been watching the GLEE dvds and I am loving this show! Always meant to get into it. So happy I finally did. :: Looking online for the kids’ annual matching Christmas jammies. Getting very excited about the upcoming season and everything that comes with it. :: My BIG birthday is coming up FAST and I think I finally nailed down what lens I want. That plus a camera bag. :: Burning an Oatmeal Cookie tart today which is heaven in a little waxed disc. Very spicy Fall. :: Spending some time freshening up the links, headers & info on the Blog today. Thinking about adding some inspirational links for fellow artists soon. Stay tuned! :: Oh and if you were looking for a mini session for holiday / family portraits, I have very few slots left open. Contact me before it’s too late! :: Ciao!

7 Comments

  • Mm, delish. I’m so proud of Gracie in her big girl unders! Katie wants NO part of potty-training still! I’ve been thinking Christmas too. I usually don’t let my mind wander that way so soon but I’m so excited for this year and I don’t know why. P.S. We leave for NY in ONE month!!!!

  • YUM to the max. Ok, can you make some downloadable/printable recipe cards. It would just be so much easier. K, thanks. (For those of you reading this who thinks I’m rude and out of line, I’m only SLIGHTLY teasing! hahaha)

  • What wonderful news that Gracie is doing well with the potty training. I have also been thinking about the holidays. This year will be so great since the boys love to ripe paper, hopefully I wil get some good photos on Christmas morning. I found some cute christmas last week and they ave already been ordered. Kohls had a few cute ones. I ended up ordering from Macy’s. Apple crips is one of our favorite fall desserts and it is amde a few times before the season ends. I will have to try your recipe. I mad this weekend chocolate truffle cookies and they ar to die for.

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