I’m sure everyone out there has a treasured family recipe, right?! You know those recipes that your grandma and great-grandma used to make, which have now been passed down to you, for you to make for your children?! Those recipes are so treasured because not only do they taste amazing but when you make them, your heart and mind flood with amazing memories of times gone by.
Those recipes are important, even more so if that loved one has passed away.
In our family, we have two recipes like that, one from my Baba (Grandma) and one from my husband’s Granny. Our kids didn’t get a chance to meet either of those amazing women, so both of these recipes are highly treasured in our home. I’ve shared my Baba’s Borscht before and so today I wanted to let you in on our second favourite recipe: Granny Joy’s Apple Crisp.
Let me start by saying that I don’t usually like fruit desserts. Like ever! This one though, is one of the very few exceptions because it’s that good!
My husband and his Granny were very close. I had the privilege of knowing her for many years before her passing. She was such a lovely lady that I adored. We actually even named our oldest after her, Leah Joy. She lived in Victoria, British Columbia on Vancouver Island (the far west coast of Canada) and her home was such a unique place, being in the city, yet surrounded by fruit trees. Her property was like a little preserved slice of heaven. When my husband was younger, they would pick apples and various fruits and then return to the kitchen to create dishes together. My husband’s love for cooking definitely comes from his mom and his Granny and while he is not a baker at all, Granny’s Apple Crisp is the one exception to the rule.
So needless to say that whenever we make apple crisp in our home, it’s really special. To be honest, we do make this dessert all year round, but there’s something extra special about having it in the fall, especially after picking our own apples, just like Chris and Granny used to do.
Every fall, we make a point to go to the pumpkin patch as well as apple orchard to pick our own apples. We almost missed the season this year, finding very few apples still left on the trees making for some “slim pickings.” But we managed to get a bag full of Cortland apples (traditionally they use Macintosh, but these are just as yummy) and the kids had a blast picking them!
After picking the apples, it’s time to head to the grocery store to gather up all the ingredients we need for the Apple Crisp. One of the things I love about this recipe is that it’s NOT complicated and doesn’t require a ton of ingredients nor prep time.
This time we stopped in a Walmart and before I hopped out of the car, I made sure to open my Flipp app to make a quick list so I wouldn’t forget anything (because I’m lost without a list in the grocery store and basically in life!) One of the features that I love about Flipp is that when I add items to the Shopping List, it populates all the local and online deals for each item, without having to search for anything. Flipp also finds coupons to pair with the items on your Shopping List, which adds up to extra money back in your pocket!
Once I’ve added ingredients from the flyers to my Shopping List, I head into the store to grab what I need. This week, the whole wheat, butter and vanilla ice cream are on sale at other stores, so I will be able to show those clippings at the checkout and receive a price match, just for checking the Flipp app out! Taking 10 or so minutes before you shop to look up the deals, both in stores and online through Flipp can save you not only money but also time.
So we gather the items and we head home, excited to start peeling these apples and making the crisp! It’s such a simple yet delicious recipe. Check it out below and make sure to save it for you to try with your family!
- 5 lbs Macintosh apples, peeled and sliced
- 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 11/4 cup butter, room temperature
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp white sugar
- Preheat oven at 350 degrees
- Peel apples and slice apples. Place in mixing bowl. Mix in sugar and cinnamon mixture, coating all apple slices evenly. Set aside
- In a separate bowl, mix together whole wheat flour, brown sugar, rolled oats and cinnamon.
- Once combined, work in the butter with your hands into the mixture, until all of the mixture is sticky. (Note: cutting the butter into small cubes will make this process easier).
- Place apples on the bottom of the roasting pan and top with topping.
- Bake uncovered for 65 minutes at 350°
- Remove from oven and let rest for 5-10 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
If you haven’t already downloaded the Flipp App, make sure to do so now! It’s free and will save you both time and most importantly, money at the grocery store. It’s available for both iOs and Android users.
Happy baking my friends!
Love & Blessings,
Note: This post was sponsored by the Flipp App, where I may have been compensated and/or given free product in exchange for my honest review. As always, the opinions are 100% my own.