What do you think about when you close your eyes and visualize your grandma?

I think of green bean casseroles, melt-in-my-mouth pot roast (oh my gosh, I am actually salivating) and baking. Usually it is apple crisp, but she was a Jedi when it came to whipping up food in the kitchen. Cooking, baking…seriously, it didn’t matter.

I remember talking with her when I was a kid, I was in awe of how she could maneuver around the kitchen. You see, not only could this incredible woman cook and bake, she was blind. She would measure using measuring cups and her fingers to make sure not too much or too little of an ingredient went into her recipes.

Her motto was: If you can read, you can cook. Cooking and baking were easy to her and I loved watching her in motion.

Apple Crisp is a simple, yet incredibly satisfying dessert. Straight out of the oven with a dollop of ice cream on the side (there I go salivating again…) and you have a decadent dessert.

Apples are a summer fruit that you can get locally. I am fortunate as there are a couple of orchards just up the street from my neighborhood. As a family, we have loaded ourselves onto the trolley then dropped off in a particular section of the orchard, depending on what was in season at the time. There are pictures all around the orchard as to how to pick an apple to ensure an easy removal from the tree, if you can believe it!

And we couldn’t leave without grabbing some apple blossoms! But that is a recipe for another day.

Go give your grandma great big hug. Stay sassy friends.

Apple Crisp

Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 1/2 cup Oats
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar Packed
  • 1 tbsp Flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Butter melted
  • 1 tbsp Apple Juice *If you want more intensity in flavor, opt for frozen concentrated apple juice. I use regular apple juice.
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • Pinch Salt
  • 8 cups Macintosh Apples Peeled and sliced. *I prefer these apples as they get a smidge mushy but still hold their integrity. If you want a super crunch to your crisp, choose Granny Smith apples.
  • 1/4 cup Apple Juice
  • 2 tbsp Water


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Combine first 6 ingredients and set aside.
  • Combine sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and salt.
  • Place apple slices in an 11X7 inch baking dish and sprinkle with the cornstarch mixture.
  • Pour juice and water over apple mixture.
  • Top with the oat mixture.
  • Bake for 25 minutes. Let stand for 15 minutes
Keyword apple crisp, apples, crisp, dessert with ice cream