Pipe Dream #149: To Be As Good As Grandma – Apple Pie in a Jar + Grandma’s Apple Crisp

I promised you a died-for apple crisp a while ago, I think. It is here, friends. It is here.

These are not the best pictures in the world, which is why I’m starting off with this one. I’ve deemed it the best of the lot because of the inclusion of bacon in the photo. Yes, this was my kitchen one fine Saturday morning, and yes, I deserved all of the bacon I ate after processing the thousands of apples my dad reaped from a friend’s laden tree.

With all these newfangled tools, you’d think slicing and dicing thousands of apples would be a cinch, but actually, it was pretty sticky. And the contraption that did it is by no means newfangled.

Sidenote, other things that are not newfangled, but that are related to this post.:

Quick Cherry Crisp

Quick Blueberry Crumble

Wild Berry Betty

Regardless, the apple crisp recipe you can find below is, without one doubt, the best possible thing you could make for yourself immediately. You could even make it for your friends. Or your family. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

With all the apples floating around, I couldn’t resist sticking a crisp in the oven quicker than you can say, “Cut in the butter.” I used fresh apples with a bit of spice and sugar thrown into the mix, but why not try my mum’s Apple Pie in a Jar? That’s what we did with all the processed apples. It’s perfect for cutesy holiday gifting, and ensures that you will have fruit stored up through the winter. We hoard ours in the laundry room and bust out an apple crisp whenever SAD threatens to overwhelm our winterized hearts. Because, obviously, food fixes everything. (False. The Gospel fixes everything, but food is a good Band-Aid.)

And now a few words about this crisp topping. It is my grandma’s recipe, which happens to be classic. And it is perfect. And it is my grandma.  If I could bake half as well as her, there would be no point in having this blog.

‘Til then,


Apple Pie in a Jar + Grandma’s Apple Crisp

For the apple filling:

4 1/2 cups of sugar
1 cup corn starch
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
10 cups of water

Lots of apples

Combine all syrup ingredients together in a large pot and add 3 tablespoons of lemon juice. Cook over medium heat until syrup is thick and bubbling.

Peel and slice apples.  Tightly fill seven quart jars with sliced apples.  Cover with syrup that has been cooked until thick and bubbly.  Process in a pressure canner at 5 lbs. for10 minutes, or in a water bath canner for 20 minutes.

For the crisp topping:

3/4 cup flour

3/4 cup quick oats

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 stick or 8 tablespoons butter, cold

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground clove

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Heat oven to 350°F.

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, spices, sugar and oats. Cut in the butter with two knives, or rub it in with your fingers until butter is about the size of small peas. Refrigerate until needed.

Dump one jar of apple pie in a jar into an 8 x 8″ or 9 x 9″ baking dish. Spread evenly.

Cover fruit thickly and evenly with topping. Bake until crisp topping is golden brown in places and fruit is bubbling beneath, about 40 to 50 minutes. I would check it at 30, though, just in case. You don’t want the crumble getting too brown.

Serve with whipped cream. (But really, you needn’t serve it with anything if you don’t want. It’s delectable sans toppings. Your life, do what you will.)

6 Responses to “Pipe Dream #149: To Be As Good As Grandma – Apple Pie in a Jar + Grandma’s Apple Crisp”

  1. 1 Cindy and Tom Behling November 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Drooling…let me know when you are not home and the guard animals are sleeping contentedly by the hearth, and those cans of apples are mine, all mine!!! ; )

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