Fall’s Final Farewell..

Grandma’s Apple Crisp

This is one of my first dessert recipes I ever attempted, and it’s from my wonderful grandmother. She made this with the grandchildren in mind. There’s no oatmeal in this recipe. She knew we didn’t like it. She’s approaching her mid-90s and was disappointed because this summer she was only able to can 95 quarts of tomatoes. We just can’t even fathom that. We’re lucky to even get a shower in most days! My, my we have a lot to learn!  And canning is on that list.

But it’s back to the recipe at hand. It’s fall.  Before it’s over all too quickly, embrace it, celebrate it, eat it — if that’s at all possible..

Grocery List:
8 apples, sliced and peeled
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
½ cup of water
1 cup of sugar
¾ cup of flour
4 tablespoons of butter, room temp
Ice Cream for serving (We used a seasonal Blue Bunny cinnamon apple pie! So delicious!)

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 7×11 pan. Layer sliced apples in the pan, will be about half full. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Pour the water over the apples and cinnamon.

In a separate bowl, mix sugar, flour, and butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over the apples. Sprinkle with a little extra cinnamon for good measure.


Bake at 375 for 45 minutes. Wait as patiently as you can while you inhale and exhale glorious apple and cinnamon scents. Let it veg’ out for a few minutes until set, and then you can dig in!  Top with ice cream and caramel. Yummers.

1) Use eight apples if they are small. Pan should be half full. Use your best judgment. Our apples are huge (we mean the fruit, you dirty birds), and we only used one and a half and had a pan full! I’m kidding on the dirty birds comment. It’s one in the morning. We’re loose cannons right now. Kaboom.
2) If you enjoy cooking with beer,  you can substitute the 1/2 cup of water with a dark or saison style beer! 

See, if you didn’t believe us, here were our apples. Big ‘uns picked fresh from our tree! We shared that little piece we cut off. That piece was the size of an ordinary apple. We grow ’em big out here.

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We did another beer trade with A Pint of Hoppiness. Mike and Sara always send us some awesome beer mail. If you don’t receive beer mail, you should look into it. These beers arrived safely on Friday, and we had to try the marshmallow milk stout first! This beer is from Garage Brewing Company. We enjoyed dessert before our dinner tonight! A marshmallow milk stout? Dessert in a brown bottle is what it really is! The Dashing Gent, The Brains, and Suzi got to taste this one. Shelly will have to wait until February, which is actually just around the corner!  We will have to track this one down for her because she would approve! They sent us four bombers and one of our favorites pints from Modern Times Beer, Blazing World.  We cannot get any of these beers in Iowa, so it’s always a treat to find a package on your doorstep!  Garage Brewing Company is located in Temecula, California. To learn more about this brewery click here. 



Cheers, dirty birds!


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