Mom’s Way… to make Apple Crisp

Tonight, I bragged on Facebook about how much I love having my mom’s recipes.

For the uninitiated, my mom died of breast cancer in January of 2008. Her passing changed my life in many ways, one of them being that I had to get my own place for the first time. When my siblings and I split up my mom’s belongings, I somehow ended up with a mother lode: her recipes!

Mom wouldn’t have called herself a good cook, but she was. She had the ability to combine everyday ingredients into unforgettable dishes. Friends and family still ask me for her soup and casserole recipes.

When she found a recipe that she liked, she held onto it, adapted it to make it better, and used it over and over again, so that the best of her findings were locked into our (her kids’) culinary memories. The best potato salad? Mom’s. The best homemade macaroni & cheese? Mom’s. The best broccoli soup? You guessed.

Time and again, I get inspired to try to re-create one of those memorable recipes. I dive into books and boxes and folders of recipes, looking until I find what I’m looking for. Someday I’ll organize them so I can easily locate the one I’m looking for, but until then, when I find the recipe I need, I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot.

Tonight, I wanted to make apple crisp for my boyfriend. He’s a lucky man to get introduced to all of mom’s recipes! The last time I tried to make him this dish, I winged it and it wasn’t as good as I remembered, so I knew I had to find mom’s recipe.

apple crisp

It was in the file folder where all of her most recently-used recipes are. Jackpot!!

Sharing my excitement on Facebook led to a request for the recipe. And why not? So here it is.

I should note that this recipe actually came to my mom, Doreen, from her sister, my aunt Hazel, from whom a lot of mom’s best baking recipes came.

Well, enjoy!


Fruit Mix:

  • 4 cups apples (peeled & sliced)
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Topping: (double this if you’re using a 9 x 13″ pan)

  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats (Mom used large flake oats)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup melted butter


  • Combine apples and sugar in a buttered pan (9 x 9″)
  • Combine topping ingredients, mix until crumbly
  • Sprinkle over apples
  • Bake at 370 (F) for 30 minutes or until apples are tender

Makes 6 servings.


9 thoughts on “Mom’s Way… to make Apple Crisp

  1. My mom was going to attempt turkey soup after thanksgiving, (not sure if she did or not) but all I kept thinking was your mom’s was the best and I didn’t think she’d be able to get close! You definitely did hit the jackpot!

    • That’s sweet, Jodi! I hope I have my mom’s recipe for turkey soup somewhere… but I don’t even know if she ever wrote it down! If I find it, I’ll let you know. 🙂

      By the way, if ever I were to attempt to make a Dutch dish (nasi goreng, etc.), your mom would be the first person I’d ask! 🙂

  2. Sarah, I have a soft spot for anything ‘crisp’ that is really crumbly on top, so I am going to have to try your mom’s apple crisp. It looks delicious! What a treasure you inherited. xo

  3. I obtained some of the best recipes from your mom.
    It was fun sharing. If you do find that your mom had a written recipe for turkey soup I would love it. I tried many times and then gave up for a few years because I just froze leftover turkey and bones and then waited for all of you to come for the after Christmas visit. The frozen ingredients were pulled out and I let her take over. She did try to teach me but I’m not sure how successful she was. I can make a turkey soup now that is good but hers was the best. Turkey soup is my favorite winter lunch to take to work. It always reminds me of her.

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