Nostalgia in an Apple Crisp

While my lawn looks like this:

It makes me want to bake with these:

While I was peeling, coring and slicing the five apples for the apple crisp I had decided to make, I thought back to the first time I’d seen how an apple was cored.

When I was young, I would visit my grandparents with my dad and step-mom. They live on a dirt road in a rural town, surrounded by maples, oaks, birches and pine trees.

In the fall, we would scower the ground for the different shaped newly fallen leaves to iron between two sheets of waxed paper. The vibrant yellows, reds and oranges were beautifully sealed and preserved for years to come. Watching those leaves drift down slowly as the gentle wind pulled them off of their weakened stems, Fall would become my favorite time of the year.

One of these crisp autumn afternoons, my grandpa was cutting up an apple as I watched, seated at the dinner table in the middle of the kitchen. “Do you know how to core an apple so you only get the good parts?” He asked. “No” I answered as I got up for a closer look. He heaved me up onto the countertop for a better view. I sat there watching my grandpa cut the apple in half and then in quarters and finally, carefully scooping out the core with the knife.

I must have been seven or eight years old and I still remember it was a golden delicious.

Thank you Grandpa for showing me this life skill. To this day, I think of that moment in time whenever I core an apple…(which is practically everyday!)

Apple Crisp is one of those recipes that you find and hold onto because there are so many that just don’t stack up.

This recipe came to me through a fundraiser. A friend’s daughter was selling recipe books.

“Our Favorite Recipes” from Creative Steps School of Dance located in Tilton, New Hampshire.

I have tweaked it just slightly.

Start with 5 apples – peeled, cored and sliced and placed into an 8×8 baking dish.

Mix 2/3 cup brown sugar, 3/4 cup old fashioned oats, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. nutmeg and 1/3 cup butter (at room temp) in a bowl until crumbly. Sprinkle over the apples. Bake 30 minutes in 375F oven.

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