Apple Crisp – An old Favorite

by Michelle on November 5, 2009

Cortland Apple; After the many attributes of McIntosh were discovered, plant breeders began crossing it with other varieties to enhance its traits. One of the earliest was the Cortland, combined with the Ben Davis variety. Its flavor is sweet compared to McIntosh, and it has a flush of crimson against a pale yellow background sprinkled with short, dark red stripes and gray-green dots. Cortland has very white flesh and is an excellent dessert apple. This all purpose apple was developed at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York, USA in 1898. The apple was named after nearby Cortland County, New York.

I love apples and this year I just can’t seem to keep apples around very long. Mr. Tastebuds is inhaling them one after the other as fast as I can buy them! Of course I’m doing a pretty good job of using as many apples as I can in baking and cooking.

My very favorite apple is Cortland. I discovered them about 20 yrs ago and I look forward to fall every year so I can taste my Cortland Apples again. The problem with Cortlands is that they do not store well and if you don’t buy them by November, you’ll have to wait until next year! I make sure that I get my share of Cortlands every year.

And aren’t they gorgeous!

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Apple Crisp is such a simple, comforting dessert and we love it. I found a wonderful recipe many years ago and I’ve used it ever since. The recipe is in the cookbook “Tested, Tried and True” by the Flint (MI) Junior League which was one of my very first cookbooks. I think I’ve made 90% of the recipes and most have been very good. “Tested, Tried and True” has been out of print for many years now but you can still find it on Ebay.

I know the recipes calls for 5 apples but the apples cook down so much and I like a good inch or so of apple with my crisp. So I use any where from 7-9 apples and just heap it up, just like I do for my apple pie. I also do not peel my apples because there is so much flavor in the peel and I do not want to miss any flavor!

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Apple Crisp
Recipe adapted from “Tested, Tried and True” by Flint (MI) Junior League

1 c. brown sugar
1 c. white sugar
1 c. flour
1/3 c. melted butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon
5 apples (I use from 7-9 apples and at least 2-3 varieties)

Option: Abt 5 TBL of butter dotted on top

Slice apples, leaving on peel. Mix white sugar, cinnamon and sprinkle this over the apples and blend well.

Pour the apples into the 8″ by 8″ pan. Just heap them up and don’t worry, the apples will cook down and will not overflow into your oven.

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Mix brown sugar, flour and butter. Crumble this over the top. I add tiny dots of extra butter too.

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See how perfectly it cooked down and look at how much apple there is!
Bake 30-45 minutes at 375 degrees. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.

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I did sprinkle a little bit of what I think is raw sugar on top of the whipped cream. Does anyone know what it says on the bag? I love to shop at the Asian Markets but I don’t really know what I’m buying?!?

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UPDATE!

Tracy at Sugar Crafter came to the rescue with information on the mystery bag.

Spoon (the name of the brand)
Medium plate sugar
Mitsui Sugar Co., Ltd.

and

Kanmuri of Turning Iwatean shared further info on the brand name which is Spoon Jirushi.

and

Newfs of Hazard says it’s dried, flaked bonito fish!

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  • singamaraja November 5, 2009 at 7:24 am

    Visiting your blog

  • My Carolina Kitchen November 5, 2009 at 11:02 am

    I love a good apple crisp and this one looks perfect. I always look forward to “apple” time of the year.
    Sam

  • Amanda November 5, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    That’s a beautiful crisp! My DH has been inhaling all the apples I buy too, his faves are the Fuji apples. So sad that the local orchard is closed for the season now! That means winter is coming :-(

  • marty (A Stroll Thru Life) November 5, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    This looks so good. Thanks for the recipe, I will definitely try this one. Hugs, Marty

  • Kat November 5, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    I love McIntosh apples, but i will give the courtland a try. Your photos are deliciously awesome!! Makes me want a plate of the apple crisp right now. I think I will save making it for Turkey Day!

  • Megan November 5, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for this apple is I’m not to late. That “sugar” looks interesting! And the crisp looks perfect.

  • Megan November 5, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for this apple is I’m not to late. That “sugar” looks interesting! And the crisp looks perfect.

  • Kayte November 5, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    I love that comment about shopping in the Asian market but not always knowing what you are buying…you are so adventurous! I would love to be someone who did stuff like that…I am way way too predictable. Your crisp looks heavenly. I think crisps are my favorite fruit dessert…so comforting and lovely. Making one today as a matter of fact! Nice photos…such nice photos!

  • Lori E November 5, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Back to basics and why not. This is always a hit.

  • SKM November 5, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Love it, love it. I love apple crisp. :) it is the perfect fall dessert!

  • Tracy November 5, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    The bag says:

    Spoon (the name of the brand)
    Medium plate sugar

    The line on the bottom says the manufacturer, Mitsui Sugar Co., Ltd.

    Love the apple crisp, btw! :-)

  • Kathy November 6, 2009 at 1:16 am

    I agree!! You can’t beat a Cortland!!! Your crisp looks delish! I’ve been posting tribute to the Cortlands all week…first pie then applesauce! Here! Here! for Cortlands, xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings…

  • Brian the old man November 6, 2009 at 2:05 am

    Sounds delicious. My favorite desert this time of year is apple pie or apple crisp. I like to put some ice cream on top. My father likes a slice of cheese on his. I like these apples too but you’re right about their shelf life. My favorite is still a Granny Smith. I like the hint of sour. I guess it goes back to my youth when we had a few apple trees in the back yard and I could not wait to eat them and would eat many a sour apple from the tree. Have a great weekend.

  • Joanna November 6, 2009 at 2:45 am

    I love it! PLus the fact that it’s a Junior League of Michigan recipe makes me smile that much more :)

  • Joanna November 6, 2009 at 2:47 am

    I love it! PLus the fact that it’s a Junior League of Michigan recipe makes me smile that much more :)

  • kanmuri November 6, 2009 at 2:57 am

    The name is actually spoon jirushi.

  • Joanne November 6, 2009 at 11:55 am

    I love apple-y desserts. My favorite apples are Ambrosia apples. Every bite is like heaven.

    I am going to have to try to find this cookbook since you swear so much by it!

  • food with style November 6, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    every pic to every bite looks wonderful!

  • Mary November 6, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    We disagree on apples but your Cortland’s sure made a lovely crisp. Have a great weekend.

  • heartnsoulcooking November 6, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    With or without the peelings everyone should have a GREAT!!! apple crisp recipe and this one sounds wonderful.
    Geri

  • Sue (Someone's Mom) November 6, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    They are beautiful and your crisp looks fabulous. I like Honey Crisp apples, but they are hard to find.

  • Natashya KitchenPuppies November 6, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Canadians are all about the apple crisp!
    Looks great, I love cortlands for baking too.

  • Princess, Tank and Isaac: The Newfs of Hazard November 6, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Good thing you got the right answer because I was going to tell you the bag had dried, flaked bonito fish!

  • Danielle November 7, 2009 at 2:46 am

    oh how I love apple crisp….I think its that crumbly topping..mmmm

  • Kathleen November 7, 2009 at 4:03 am

    Fish, oh no!
    Have you ever had Mutzu apples? I just picked some up at the farm this week. They are my fave, and the only apple that doesn’t turn brown when cut, or that is what they said on TV..I never noticed..either I eat them right away or they are tossed with lemon and cinnamon sugar..
    Have a great weekend, Michelle..

  • gfe--gluten free easily November 7, 2009 at 6:27 am

    I really love that profile photo! It’s so neat when you adjust a recipe just the way you want it. this one looks like a great, no-fuss recipe. :-)

    Shirley

  • Hoosier Homemade November 7, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    I haven’t made Apple Crisp forever! I love how you told all about the apples. Thanks for joining in the fun at the Holiday Food Fest!
    ~Liz

  • Manuela November 9, 2009 at 2:32 am

    Oh yummy! That is one of my favorite desserts. Such an easy recipe too. :)

  • comfycook November 9, 2009 at 2:59 am

    We love apple crisps. I have to try yours.

    It is good for my husband who can’t have gluten since it is a recipe, where it is no big deal to substitute for the all purpose flour, rice flour.

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