Back to Basics: Mom’s Apple Crisp

Eat it. The fork told you to. And you know you want to.

I think I might have shocked a few of you with yesterday’s post. So today we’re heading back to basics with an easy dessert to prepare for the family. Every good Canadian probably has a recipe for apple crisp stored somewhere at the bottom of their recipe box, and its one my family always comes back to.

Its simple enough for beginners, but beautiful enough to serve for a crowd. It’s one-dish-delicious. Its one of those recipes that you can make over and over again, and it never gets old.

Make it early in the day, cook it, refrigerate, and heat up just before serving. Or just have it cold. I honestly couldn’t tell you which is better. Because I secretly ate it for breakfast the next morning.

  • 6 medium-sized apples
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup quick oats
  • ½ cup + 1 TB butter, softened
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Peel, core, and slice apples. Layout the apples in a large casserole dish.
  2. Preheat oven to 375. In a medium mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, oats, butter, and cinnamon. Mix with your hands. Sprinkle mixture evenly over the apples.
  3. Bake for 30-45 minutes uncovered, or until apples are soft.
  4. Remove from the oven and let stand for 10-15 minutes before serving. Alternatively, place crisp in the fridge to serve later in the day. Serve cold, or reheat in the oven at 375 F, covered, for 20 minutes.

So go on, lick the bowl…

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