Yesterday I inspected my garden to see what damage Storm Angus may have done. Aside from a few tree branches that were strewn across the lawn, the garden seems to have survived. I was surprised and delighted to see the last of the apples had weathered the high winds and lashing rain. They must have clung on for dear life – and then I came along!

Winter is definitely coming and the log burner has been roaring away every night for the past week. so it seemed like the perfect time to make a warming, comforting apple crisp. Last week I posted about the differences between apple crisp and apple crumble. Today I was reminded about why I love apple crisp so much. It tastes like a Canadian Autumn. It reminds me of my mum. It tastes like home.

No arguments that apple crumble is delicious BUT for me there is nothing quite like homemade apple crisp!

To make apple crisp prepare the apples in the same way as for apple crumble.

8-10 medium sized apples, peeled and quartered, about ¼ cup of dried cranberries or raisins (optional) and a drizzle of pure Canadian maple syrup. I didn’t add any cinnamon to the apples as the crunchy, crisp topping has loads.

This is the recipe my mum used for her apple crisp topping. It is from “Choice Cooking” Canadian Diabetes Association 1982 (p 204)

“A sprinkling of toasted Crunchy Topping enhances simple puddings, baked custards and fruit cups.”

• 50 ml (1/4 cup) butter or margarine (I used butter – I always use butter!)

• 375 ml (1 ½ cups) rolled oats

• 50 ml (1/4 cup) light packed brown sugar

• 50 ml (1/4 cup) chopped nuts (I used walnuts)

• 2 ml (1/2 tsp) cinnamon (I used a full teaspoon)

“Melt butter in frypan, Add rolled oats, brown sugar, nuts and cinnamon. Stir and cook over medium heat about 3 min until golden brown. Remove from heat, spread on large plate or cookie sheet to cool. Store in a tightly covered container in refrigerator for 2 months.”

Makes about 2 cups

Note: It didn’t make 2 cups for me. I had just over 1 cup.

Note 2: This is not the way my mum prepared the topping. She combined the ingredients without cooking them and used the raw mixture to cover the apples. This way the mixture cooks in the oven and your arms get a great workout.

For the chopped nuts my mum would use either walnuts or peanuts. I bet pecans would be amazing! I will use those next time.

If you’ve never had apple crisp give it a try – or try this crunchy topping on other fruit desserts, ice cream or yoghurt.


Hanging in there (until I picked them!)

Ingredients assembled, I am now ready for my workout

My mouth is already watering

A winning dish