Autumn In A Pan

Fall is my favorite and it is right around the corner here! Apples are everywhere at my favorite market and I plan on making good use of them.

This is a basic apple crisp recipe, something everyone needs to know how to bake, with ingredients everyone should have on hand at all times.

Fall Spices (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice…)
Oats, Salt, Butter, Flour, Sugar, Juice

I omitted apples from the list because this is a recipe you can use for almost any fruit (just leave out the fall spices). In fact, this recipe is incredibly customizable I hate to even all it a recipe.

Lets call it a “Crisp Outline.”

Preheat your oven to 375° and acquire an 8×8 pan. As this is just an outline, feel free to use a larger pan and adjust the recipe accordingly (larger pan = more ingredients = more servings). Grease the pan if it is nonstick.

I had three large mackintosh apples that I washed, peeled, cored, and sliced thinly then placed in a large bowl. To this add something citrus. A squeeze of lemon, lime, splash of orange juice… or in my case a splash of Fentiman’s Rose Lemonade. Hey, I didn’t even have orange juice in my fridge and I warned you that this is merely an outline.

Maybe this is a good time to remind you that I a) don’t like following recipes and b) I do what I want. And I wanted to use lemonade.

Back to the bowl. To this, add a pinch of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of you spice mixture for flavor, 1 tablespoon flour to thicken, 1/4 cup sugar to sweeten, then mix thoroughly and set aside.

For the topping mix together 1 cup oats, 1/4 flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 teaspoon spice mixture, and a pinch of salt. Cube 1/4 cup of room-temperature butter and add it to the mixture. Make sure you have clean hands, then dive in. The best way to mix everything together for the crumble to to squish it with your hands – not too much to melt the butter but just enough to bind it all.

Pour the apples into your pan then proceed to crumble the butter and oat mixture on top. Place in the middle rack of your preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes, or until the topping golden brown. Sit back with some tea, watch the clouds, and enjoy the smell. Serve warm.




3 large tart apples – peeled, cored, thinly sliced

3 Tbs lemonade

1 Tbs whole wheat flour

1/2 tsp fall spices

1/4 c sugar

pinch of salt


1 cup oats

1/4 whole wheat flour

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon spice mixture

pinch of salt

1/4 c butter – room temperature, cubed


Some ways to expand upon this recipe:

  • Add almonds, walnuts, pecans, or coconut to the crumble
  • Mix in raisins or dried cranberries with the apples, just be sure to add a little more liquid than usual
  • Instead of brown or white sugar, try maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar
  • Not apple season? Try raspberries, blackberries, peaches…
  • Instead of flour, crush some cookies for the crumble but be sure to reduce the sugar added
  • If you’re afraid of the butter, maybe try coconut oil instead

However you mix it, make it and make it often. It is a perfect dish for using seasonal ingredients.

– Jes


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