Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Apple Crisp

At Skytop Apple Orchard in Flat Rock, NC, apple picking starts at the end of August and continues into early December.  It's a fun day trip from Charlotte, but my choice after the orchard would be to see the Carl Sandburg homesite (also in Flat Rock) and then continue on to Asheville to spend the weekend.  If you decide to go, take into account all the apples you'll eat in the car on the way home and pick enough to be able to make this apple crisp when you get there.  You are going to love it!  When I made it for Thanksgiving one year, several of the children liked it best of all the desserts.   The citrus and cranberry add nice layers of tangy flavor and the walnuts and spices make it taste cozy and warm.  Yum.

Apple Crisp

6 or 7 medium sized apples
a couple of handfuls fresh cranberries (optional, but adds a nice color and flavor)
grated zest from one orange
2 T. orange juice
2 T. lemon juice
1/2 c. granulated sugar
2 t. ground cinnamon
pinch of cloves


1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 c. granulated sugar
3/4 c. light brown sugar
1/2 t. salt
1 c. oatmeal
1/2 c. finely chopped walnuts (also optional, but delicious and good for you)
2 sticks butter, cut into small pieces

Peel the apples, core them and cut into wedges.  Combine with the zest, juices, sugar and spices.  Pour into a buttered 9 x 14 inch baking dish.

For the topping, mix flour, sugars, salt, oatmeal, walnuts and butter together until crumbly and the butter is the size of peas.  Crumble evenly over apples. 

Place on a sheet pan to catch juices and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour at 350 degrees, until nicely browned.  Serve warm with yogurt, whipped cream or ice cream.


  1. Sounds very good, but I am partial to apple crisps anyway.

  2. Mmm, this sounds excellent! We went apple picking and I've made 5 pies so far...they get eaten up so fast! I only have a few apples left and might try your recipe;-) If need be, I'll run to the store for more apples...I'm loving them so much right now!

  3. janet - i'm partial to crisps, too. can't beat that topping.

    jan- pies are next, then maybe caramel apples for halloween.