I’ll admit it…I’m afraid of pie!  No, not eating it, making it!  No matter how I freeze, chill, and coax everything, it doesn’t turn out to be that perfect pie that I’m striving to achieve.   Can I blame it on the weather?

My Aunt Mary made the BEST pies.  I remember one time that I  was traveling through the south and bought a bushel of fresh South Carolina peaches and drove them straight to her house hoping that she would make pies….and she did…large, lush and lovely peach pies!  I watched her, I swear, but it was many years ago and I don’t remember how she finessed the crust  that she used making those pies.

Someday,  maybe we’ll go through the “pie thing” together.  Till then, I’d like to share with you how I get around the “pie thing”… I make crisps and cobblers!  They’re easy, tasty, homemade AND it takes a whole lot less skill to make something kin to a pie, but a whole lot easier.

I also have to admit that even though I want my Sunday Supper for family and friends to be special, I also want it to be easy too.  That’s what this post is all about…homemade without too much fuss, but lots of flavor.

I got these sweet, little Jonathan apples at our local market from the folks at Nichols Farm and Orchard.  Over the summer I had the pleasure of visiting the farm and seeing the apple magic that they work there.  When another visitor to the farm asked Mr. Nichols what prepared him for farming, he said, “I had I garden and I can read”… I love that comment, it shows that if you have a true passion for what you do, you can achieve great things.

They grow over 166 varieties of apples there along with heritage vegetables of all kinds, which is one on the reasons that their produce is on the menu of so many fine restaurants.

With all of the varieties to pick from, I chose Jonathan because I wanted a small apple perfect for cooking.  When I prepare this recipe I like to use individual ramekins because the smaller apple slices fit better into them than the larger varieties.

Make it special, make it Sunday.

Easy, Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 - 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Tasty, delicious and very easy!


8 small apples, such as Johnathan (or 4 large apples)
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Butter 6 ramekins or 8 inch pie pan.

Wash, peel and cut apples in slices and arrange in ramekins or pie pan.

Stir all the ingredients together (except the butter) in a medium bowl till combined.

Add the butter and work into mixture with a fork.

Top the apple slices with mixture.

Bake for 30 - 35 minutes till golden brown and apples are soft.

Serve warm with ice cream (optional).