Easy Apple Crisp for Two or Three

I recently started scanning in recipes from my Mom’s recipe box and came across her Apple Crisp recipe.  Now, I have made apple crisp a number of times, but somehow it always seemed to be more work than it should have been.  But, I knew it would be wonderful as a dessert to follow one of my new favorites, Harvest Pork Stew. Plus, my Mom’s recipe had proportions for as few as 3 apples, which made me realize that I did not need to make a huge batch.  THAT saves on time spent slicing apples!

I also did an Internet search just to see what else I could find and came across what the author, a young man named John,  calls The Best Apple Crisp Recipe.

Between the two, I came up with my own version.  I used the ingredient portions from my Mom’s recipe except I substituted butter for the margarine.  And, from the other recipe, I added lemon juice to the apple slices and used the mixing technique for the butter.  I also planned to add nutmeg, cinnamon, and walnuts, but I found sunflower seeds and used those for the nuts and totally forget about the spices! And, you know what?  It was great even without the spices.

Well, I did remember, halfway through the baking time, that I had forgotten the spices and, while I couldn’t find my cinnamon at the time (I DID find it later!) I did grate a little nutmeg on it, but not that much.  ANYWAY, here is the recipe, with spices listed as optional*.  🙂   Note:  you can easily double or more the size of this recipe!

Easy Apple Crisp for Two or Three

  • 3-4 apples, depending on size, sliced
  • 1-2 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup oatmeal
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 1/8 or a bit more sunflower seeds or 1/4 cup walnuts or pecans
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional*)
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg  – fresh ground if you can! (optional*)
  1. Slice apples to 1/4 to 3/8 thickness, discarding core.  Peel if desired, but the skin is good for you!

    Use at least one Granny Smith for tartness.
  2. Place apple slices in a bowl and toss with lemon juice.
  3. In another bowl, combine oatmeal, brown sugar, flour and any spices.
  4. Slice cold butter and cut into the oatmeal/flour/sugar mixture using two forks or your fingers until the mixture is crumbly.
  5. Add nuts, if using.
  6. Grease a 9 inch pie plate or equivalent, spread the apples in it, and top with the crumbly mixture.

    Ready for the oven!
  7. Cook for 35-40 minutes in a 350 degree oven until apples are soft and it is browned on top.

And that is that.  So easy!  And really good.  And, thanks, Mom.  <3

P.S. (I keep forgetting to take pictures after the recipes are cooked! I guess it is because they look so good that we eat them right away. <grin>)