Apple Crisp

It’s time for me to face it.  Fall is coming.  Even though, here in Southern Ontario, we are mired in a blazing heat wave combined with brutal humidity (ask my frizzy hair about that!), it’s September and Fall is coming.  I love Fall – I really do.  It might be my favourite season – beautiful colour on changing leaves, crisp air, gorgeous blue skies, and fall produce.  The one thing I hate about Fall is that is directly precedes by least favourite season…..Winter.  Shhhh…..let’s not talk about that.

One thing that I really do love about Fall is that it is apple season.  We have been going to the same orchard to pick apples since my oldest (who is almost 32!) was a little guy.  Now we go with the grandchildren.  What a great thing it is to pass on traditions from generation to generation.  Pictured below:  my baby.  🙂

tim - apples

It seems that everyone has their own favourite recipe for Apple Crisp, and I’m certainly no different.  It came out of a book I got when we got married called “The Bride’s Book of Ideas“.  Flipping through this book now – oh my, it’s so dated.  Sections include:  Sing as you Work (because it will make your days smoother, sweeter, and happier), Unexpected Guests (how not to be flustered if people show up), and Setting the Table (including tips such as – leave 18″ between place settings, silverware should be one inch from the edge of the table, and the water glass should be at the point of the knife.   Sorry to all my guests over the years that did not receive this kind of service.  Ha, ha).  I couldn’t believe it – but doing a search for it, I found it’s still available, and still looks the same!  Click on the title above to see it.

However, there are some recipes in this book that are tried and true, and this is one of them.  I’ve tried others, but I always come back to this one.  It’s not low in sugar, and this should /could be adjusted based on the apples you’re using.  And of course, I have had to make my own adjustments to make it allergen free.  My grandson and I shared some of this apple crisp just the other day, and he declared it delicious.


1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white rice flour

1/4 cup sweet sorghum flour

1/2 tsp. xanthan gum

1/4 cup butter or margarine

4 cups apples, sliced

1/4 cup water

1 tsp. cinnamon


Work sugars, flours, xanthan and butter together until crumbly.  I use a fork for this.  Prepare apples and place into a greased, shallow pan.  I use an 8” casserole.  Pour water over apples, and sprinkle with cinnamon.  I usually don’t measure the cinnamon – just sprinkle some on there.  Spread the crumb mixture over the apples and bake uncovered for 50 minutes or until apples are tender at 350*.

Boom.  Done.  So easy – so good.




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