Apple Crumble

It’s a Pan-derful Christmas.

It’s no surprise to anyone that all the holidays look and feel different this year. But If you delve into Christmas memory’s past, you will still often notice one common theme. Food.

This Apple Crisp will keep you in the holiday cheer. The apple, cinnamon, and crunch will jump start your taste buds for this Holiday.

Food has been one constant that has allowed us to carefully sprinkle what is left of 2020 Christmas’ Magic on our loved ones (from a 6ft distance of course). So, run through Reasor’s and do not worry about picking up the perfect Christmas feast (although I must say mine is one for the ages). Get something that means something special to your family. Get that pot roast that your aunt tried to say was Homemade, but your little brother found the Hormel box in the trash. Get the spaghetti that your grandpa makes every time OU plays. Get those sugar cookies you used to get in school on your birthday where you felt so special.

Either way, make Christmas your own special magic. Make it happy. Make it your own. Of course my recipe is wonderful and beautiful but what made it all the better was pouring the wine while my wife and mother in law flipped through a magazine and my dog laid near the stove to sunbathe. This is my Christmas. This is our COVID Holiday? What is yours? Stay safe, stay happy. Merry Christmas. 😊



4 large Golden Delicious apples
½ cup sugar
1 lemon juiced
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. all spice
½ tsp. cinnamon extract
½ tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup granola
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup rolled oats
¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 stick cold butter (cut into small pieces).
Vanilla ice cream for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Peel, core, and slice apples into 1/4-inch slices. Place apples in a large mixing bowl and toss with sugar, lemon juice, flour, cinnamon, all spice, cinnamon extract, and vanilla extract. Pour into a lightly greased 9 by 13-inch baking dish, spread evenly and set aside.
  3. In another large bowl, mix the granola, flour, oats, sugar, and cinnamon for the topping. Using a pastry cutter gently work in the cold butter. I used my Kitchen Aide to mix on medium speed.
  4. Spread the topping mixture evenly and bake for about 45 minutes, rotating once halfway through cooking.
  5. Serve warm or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream.

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