One of the things I remember most fondly about my childhood is my grandmothers cooking. Granny lived with us, and loved to cook, and you could always count on the smell of freshly baked bread, cookies, cakes and of course those great meat loaves and pot roasts that everyone sees on the menu of restaurants now and just remembers fondly from a bygone era. Those were the “good old days” when we played outside and ran off those calories so we didn’t worry about fats and sugars and feel guilty when we sat down to dinner! Back then women cooked because they had time to do it, and they really loved exchanging recipes and proudly shared their new concoctions at church socials and neighborhood pot luck dinners. In our circles, Granny was admired for her cooking because she loved to try the latest things and everyone waited to see what she would bring to the picnic. But in spite of all the new recipes and innovative things Granny did in the kitchen, I believe my all time favorite was the most simple dessert she made — her apple crisp. I suppose many cooks have made the same thing, and probably this recipe isn’t unique, but I am sharing it because to me it is “Granny Bessie’s” recipe, and every time I smell that aroma I am right back home again.
(Did you know one medium apple provides almost 20% of the daily recommended amount of fiber? Plus, apples are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.)
Granny Bessie’s Apple Crisp
1 c granulated sugar
2 t lemon juice
1/4 c water
1/2 t cinnamon
6 tart apples peeled and sliced
3/4 c flour
1/2 t salt
6 T butter or margarine
Combine 1/2 c sugar, lemon juice , water and cinnamon in 8 x 8 x 2 ” pan.
Slice apples into pan and mix.
Blend remaining 1/2 c sugar, flour, salt and butter until crumbly.
Spread over apples and pat smooth.
Bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes.
Makes six servings.