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Celebrate Autumn's Arrival with Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp is a fall staple. Welcome the arrival of the season with this perennial favorite dessert.

Celebrate Autumn's Arrival with Apple Crisp

"By all these lovely tokens September days are here, with Summer's best of weather and Autumn's best of cheer." ~Helen Hunt Jackson

When September mornings begin getting cooler and sweaters make their reappearance, I immediately begin craving apples. Those crisp days trigger memories of fun family apple picking days and the subsequent making of pies, crisp and applesauce. I cannot effectively articulate how much I love this season.

I grew up in New England and lived here until I was 30. It was on my 13th birthday that I decided I needed a change of scenery. So with a friend I moved to Florida, where I resided for three years before moving back. Now don't get me wrong, I am not knocking Florida.

In fact my parents live half the year there and so do a lot of my friends. I love visiting them; it is a beautiful place with so much to do. However, like a lot of other transplanted New Englanders I have spoken with, I eventuallly longed for home. I missed not only my family and friends. I missed the seasons--especially Autumn with its beautiful foliage, crisp cool days and of course, apples.

In a couple of weeks my little family will go, with my parents, to pick apples. Three generations picking and cooking and eating together, it's a beautiful thing. I again welcome Autumn with open arms. Happy Fall, everyone!

Autumn Apple Crisp


  • 5-6 tart apples
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup and 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 4 tbsp cold butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • pinch of salt


  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Peel, core and chop the apples.
  • Toss apples in a bowl with lemon juice.
  • Add 1 tbsp flour to apple mixture.
  • In a separate bowl combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • Add to the apples and toss to combine.
  • In another bowl combine flour, sugar and oats.
  • Cut butter into 8 small pieces, and cut butter into flour with two forks until mixture is crumbly.
  • Stir in the chopped nuts (if using).
  • Butter an 8x8 baking dish.
  • Spread half of flour mixture in bottom of baking dish.
  • Put apple mixture on top of that.
  • Spread the other half of flour mixture over the apple mixture.
  • Bake at 375° for 30 to 45 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is lightly browned.
  • Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.


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