This week I’m participating in {BLOGtober Fest} hosted by Arkansas Women Bloggers. Each day this week we’ve been given a different topic, and we’ll all be posting on that topic but with our own take on that topic. Today’s challenge is a simple one for me: favorite fall recipes. Hands down, it’s anything with apples in it. Today is the last day of this challenge, but it’s bound to be the yummiest. Get over to the Day 5 post and take notes on all the great food!

Apple crisp recipeMy mother has said on many occasions that I might not have ever grown if it hadn’t been for hot dogs, apple pie, and M & M’s. (She didn’t bother to note, apparently, just how American I was!) I loved all things apple. I still do, except for apple jolly ranchers or ring pops. Anything with a baked apple in it has my attention, and I often dine on apples and peanut butter.

My Grandma Phyllis is a fantastic cook and at 91, she can still tell you how to make a good pie crust, how to make sweet pickles, how to curdle milk (we’re Swedish, it matters), and on and on. For me, though, her apple tree and her ability to bake an apple in whatever form you want represents fall and everything I love about my Grandma.

Grandma knew my love of apples, and in the fall she’d call me and tell me to come over. She had something just for me, no one else. This invite usually meant that she’d picked apples from the tree and then baked them into a heavenly mush that no other baked apple has ever come close to. She’d fill up a large mayonnaise jar with them and send them home with me. We lived just a few blocks from my grandparents, and I’d have to restrain myself from eating all of them before I got home. I never shared. Still don’t.

Grandma also made a heavenly apple crisp. Of course she made hers from memory and general good sense. I don’t cook that way, much to my sister’s and grandmother’s dismay. I did finally find an apple crisp recipe that comes close to hers and is rather different than most I see elsewhere.

This recipe comes from the Council Bluffs Habitat for Humanity cookbook and is the easiest thing ever. I knew it was the best recipe because the woman who submitted the recipe says at the end of the recipe, “This is a great apple crisp.” (Don’t you just love that? Recipes that come with their own reviews!)

Here it is, Angie’s Favorite Apple Crisp Recipe Ever, Ever, Ever:

7 cups apples, sliced
(I load it up with apples, some might like fewer apples; I also peel the apples, or sometimes I don’t; do whatever feels right to you.)
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg

Topping:
1 cup sugar with a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg
1 cup flour
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup margarine, softened

Toss apples with 1 cup of sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Place in a 9 x 13” baking dish. Combine remaining ingredients and sprinkle topping over the apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes, or until apples are bubbling and clearly dying to be eaten. Serves 12 (or maybe just 1 or 2 people if you’re as apple greedy as I am).

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