Friday, June 5, 2009

Maple Apple Crisp

There are some foods that always bring back childhood memories.

My mom's apple crisp is one of them.

I remember it sitting on the kitchen table while Mom finished making supper. We would crowd around waiting for supper, staring at the apple crisp, and waiting for one of us to be brave enough to sneak a taste of the topping. Eventually Mom would move it to the kitchen counter out of our reach.

Her apple crisp was always served slightly warm, occasionally warm enough to make the Cool Whip start melting on top.

This isn't my mom's exact apple crisp, but it's a neat twist with a lot of versatility. (Mom's apple crisp will be coming soon!)

Maple Apple Crisp (6 servings, 45 min)

5-6 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
1/3 c maple syrup
1/2 c flour
1/2 c rolled oats
1/2 c brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 c butter, softenend

1. Preheat oven to 375. Place apples in 8x8 baking dish. Drizzle maple syrup on top.

2. In separate bowl, mix together flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over apples.

3. Bake for 35 minutes. Serve warm.

*Whole wheat flour can be substituted without anyone noticing.
*This recipe calls for 1/4 c butter (or margarine). Using 1/4 c butter results in a crumbly topping. If you prefer a more buttery, moist topping, add 2 more TB of butter.
*This recipe is best when made with real maple syrup, but it will work with imitation.
*Can be microwaved 8-11 min or until heated through (great alternative to the oven on a hot summer day!)

Cost: about $2.00
Part of the beauty of this recipe is its versatility. I have made it many times with varying amounts of butter, maple syrup, and types of oats (old fashioned or quick). Each time it's been delicious. It definitely is best warm. The topping is crisp and the maple syrup keeps the apples sweet and soft. This dessert is a great way to use up bruised apples!

My inspiration: My mom's recipe and allrecipes


  1. I never thought of Maple flavoring! I bet it gives the crisp a good taste. I'll have to try it!!

  2. Although I don't care too much for apples, this recipe looks perfect for a warm dessert. Yum!

  3. This looks so good! I hadn't thought of using maple syrup to sweeten apple crisp but it sounds yummy!! :)