For me, this has to be the easiest apple crisp recipe and it’s all thanks to my Gramma. Made using peeled and chopped Granny Smith apples, this has a crunchy, buttery cinnamon topping all made from using basic pantry items.
Apple Crisp brings back fond memories of summertime at my maternal Grandmother’s house down in San Luis Obispo. After an awesome day of fun at either Pismo or Avilla beach, coming home to the smell of apples and cinnamon baking, the promise of tangy, baked apples and the sweet crunchy topping with ice cream made for a very appealing dessert.
I also like to add a 1/4 cup oats and 1/4 cup chopped nuts occasionally to the topping mixture for added goodness!
Back in the day when I was a kid on summer vacation we would head south, leaving the foggy City by the Bay, San Francisco.
San Luis Obispo was a sleepy town back then and I can remember “heading down to the creek” to venture and find frogs, play outside and even walk down to the McDonalds, whose sign claimed to have served 3 then 4 then 6 then 12 “million” people.
After a day at Avila or Pismo Beach we would pick up some salt water taffy and maybe take a trip over to Cal Poly to see the pigs in their pens; it was big stuff for us city kids!
We would always come back to my Grandma’s house, a two story, completely modern house designed by my architect uncle and pick fresh lemons from her amazing back yard, squeeze them in a hand crank juicer and make lemonade. Then we would pick fresh apples and she would make apple crisp for dessert…. ah great memories!
Lately I’ve been using Gala Apples and the results are just as good. Enjoy!
This Easy Apple Crisp recipe first appeared on Kevin Is Cooking on August 2013 and has been updated with new photos.
Gramma's Easy Apple Crisp
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 8 Granny Smith apples
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 400˚F.
- Peel, core and slice the apples into bite size pieces. Place in a greased 13"x9" baking pan or stone.
- In a mixing bowl beat the flour, sugar, oats, egg, baking powder and vanilla until it becomes a crumbled mixture.
- Sprinkle this mixture over the apples, not covering completely, leaving breathing pockets here and there.
- Melt the butter, drizzle over the top and sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for 40 minutes.