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It was 2003 and I wanted Apple Crisp

I was going through an old recipe file when I came across a recipe for Cinnamon Apple Crumble. I think I printed it in the spring of 2003, most likely one of the first recipes that I found online to try. Why it had never occurred to me before to go and search I don’t know. Kirk pointed it out to me that there was an untapped world out there. I wanted to make him a dessert and I liked crisps and crumbles so why not that? Well….I did find out Kirk wasn’t too impressed. Oops! It wasn’t that I made a bad tasting dessert, but it isn’t his type of dessert. He likes cookies, cake, cupcakes. Lesson learned so I didn’t make it again. Well until today!  My brother likes fruit desserts so I figured he and I could share it 😀 Maybe Kirk will be interested this time….

I did a bit of searching and I think this was the original recipe, although I found the recipe back on a page on all those years ago!

Cinnamon Apple Crumble

  • 4 cups apples (I used 4 Braeburn), peeled, cored and sliced thinly
  • 3 Tbsp orange juice (bottled is fine)
  • ¼ cup organic granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch (or preferred thickener)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup organic brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup organic all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup Earth Balance buttery stick
  • ½ cup old-fashioned oats


  1. Preheat oven to 400 and spray a 8×8″ glass baking pan with spray.
  2. Whisk the orange juice, granulated sugar, cornstarch, vanilla and cinnamon till smooth in a large mixing bowl, add in the apples and toss to coat.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl whisk the brown sugar, flour and cinnamon, cut the buttery stick into small dices and add in, using your fingers to cut it in, until small crumbs in the texture. Add in the oats.
  4. Spoon the apples with all the sauce into the prepared pan, cover with the crumb topping evenly.
  5. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until bubbling and brown and the apples are tender.
  6. Let cool before serving. Refrigerate leftovers tightly wrapped.


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