Mom’s Apple Crisp | Happy Mother’s Day #SundaySupper

Mom's Apple Crisp by Cravings of a Lunatic

Okay, so where do I begin….


This recipe is my Mom’s. Those who read regularly likely know my Mom passed away when I was a teenager. She was incredible. She also made the BEST apple crisp in the world.   Up until now I’ve never shared it. I am still questioning whether or not I should.

Not because I don’t want to…

but because I messed this freaking thing up….

for the first time ever….

in over 30 years….

and I don’t want to show it to you….

cuz it’s embarrassing!

This past week I was posting every day, and up until the last post I had my recipes done well in advance and all perfect like. Then all heck broke loose here and I fell behind. So I made this apple crisp late last night. And I literally forgot one of the most important ingredients. Seriously!

I did.


*hangs her head in shame*

So what did I learn from this?

Well…so many things really.

Mostly I learned….

ruined apple crisp still tastes good on ice cream. Thanks Cheryl James. You rock my world.

Today would not be complete without some memories. I do not have access to all my photos since my ‘puter is still in the shop but I found a couple and jazzed them up for you.

Kitty, and Us

Things I loved about my Mom:

Her smile.

Her laugh.

Her sense of humour.

Her protectiveness.

Her loyalty.

Her deep love for family.

Her wild Irish temper.

Her love of cowboy boots.

Her open mind.

Her. Just simply her.

Mom and Me and the chipmunk

I miss her every single day.

So hug your Moms.

Because you can!


I hope you have an amazing Mother’s Day folks.  I felt so thrilled yesterday when I noticed my parent’s lilac bush blooming in the back yard (we bought my folks home after my dad passed). The bush has been there as long as I can remember.

I’m clipping some branches off and tying then in bunches to bring to the cemetery. Four bunches for Mom, and four bunches for Dad. One for each of us kids. It will be a nice way to do something for my siblings who don’t live here. I’m also bringing some clippings from my cherry blossom trees which are blooming as well. Those will be tied with ribbons from all the grand-kids. I think it will be so much nicer than buying something.

Mom's Apple Crisp by Cravings of a Lunatic

Mom’s Apple Crisp | Happy Mother’s Day #SundaySupper
Prep time
Cook time
The best Apple Crisp in the world.
Serves: One 9 x 13 Pan
For the apple portion:
  • 6 to 8 apples (I like to mix two kinds), peeled, cored and cut into thin slices
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
For the topping:
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • Optional: ½ to 1 cups of rolled oats
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. For the apple portion:
  3. Slice apples thinly and put them in a medium sized bowl.
  4. Sprinkle the sugar, corn starch, cinnamon and nutmeg over apples in the bowl. Mix until well combined.
  5. Transfer to a 9 x 13 pan that you've sprayed with non stick spray.
For the topping:
  1. Mix the flour, sugars, and butter in a bowl. Cut the butter into it with a pastry cutter or fork. It should look sort of like wet sand.
  2. Add the cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix again.
  3. Toss the topping over the apple mixture.
  4. Pop the dish in the oven and bake for about 35 to 45 minutes depending on your apple type and oven. I start checking at 35 but most times it's done in about 40.
My Mom never used oats in hers that I can remember. My thought is one of us kids didn't like it so she never used it. Without it the topping tastes sort of like candy. it's spectacular.

I promise better photos when I get a chance to remake this.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: Depends how hungry you are!

So where did I go wrong with mine?

Well I forgot to add the flour.

I know right.

I’ve made this dish a gazillion times and this is the first time it did not turn out. I opened the oven door to soup.

I tried to salvage it. It worked taste wise, but the appearance is sort of horrible.

I apologize and will take new photos when I remake it.

In the meantime check out these other Sunday Supper recipes where people planned ahead:

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Thanks to Isabel of Family Foodie for being our fearless leader for Sunday Supper each week. This lady rocks! Also a big thank you to our hostess this week, Heather of  Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks. You did a fabulous job hosting for  Mother’s Day.

Happy Mother’s Day everyone!

Toodles and smoochies! xx

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  1. says

    Awww… Happy Mother’s day to you Kim. I can’t count the amount of my mother’s recipes that I have not been successful with. I know your Mom is looking down at you and giving a little chuckle and pleased as punch you made her recipe in remembrance of her. Like you said… it still tasted good with ice cream. :) I’m glad the lilac bush bloomed for you and you’re so sweet to go to the cemetery and share them with your folks. Sending you a big hug! Ramona :)

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Thanks Ramona. I was so shocked I messed it up. Usually I can make it in my sleep.

      I was so thrilled to be able to bring both my folks some lilacs yesterday. I left huge bunches of them at the cemetery. Was a good day.

      Hope you had an awesome day.

  2. says

    I’m sure it still tasted good! Warm apples even in a “soupy” liquid would still be good. The pictures of you and your mom are great too!

  3. says

    Ice cream solves most problems, I’ve found. 😉 I screw up all the time in the kitchen, but things usually work out (as they did with your apple crisp – that ice cream stuff!). Happy Mother’s Day! And thanks for sharing your mom’s apple crisp.

  4. says

    We all have baking fails sometimes! At least it was still yummy – that’s what’s important. And what a lovely tribute to your mom. She sounds like she was a great lady!

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Thanks so much Uru. Hope you’re doing well. Is school almost done for the year? Mine are done but they’re uni students so they always get done a couple months before everyone else.

  5. says

    What a wonderful mother you had (have). Lovely story and photos too! Thank you for sharing your special apple crisp recipe from her; I can’t wait to try it this fall when apples are better for our region! Happy Mother’s Day to you Kim!


  6. says

    You have memories to last a lifetime of that wonderful woman. I would have done the same thing with those lilacs.. not for them because they aren’t here but for you. It keeps those memories alive.

    Thanks for sharing your mother’s famous apple crisp. It’s one of my favorite desserts and honestly what can’t be made better with ice cream on top?

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Thanks so much Maureen. I was going to email you but I’ll just take a minute to say it here. I appreciate you so much. You are one of the most supportive people I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. I can’t tell you how much it means to me that you stop by with such sweet comments. I just wanted you to know that.

      I was thrilled to bring those lilacs for my folks. Perfect timing for the bush to bloom.

  7. says

    What a bittersweet day for you, my friend. I love how your lilacs bloomed today…I have a feeling both your parents had something to do with that. And I’d have no trouble eating soupy apple crisp…sound perfect over ice cream!!! See you FRIDAY!!!!! xo

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Thanks so much Liz. I was so thrilled to see it bloom. Mom’s cherry blossom tree I planted in her garden did too but I was too freaked out about wrecking the tree to take any branches from it.

  8. says

    Your Mom sounds like such a wonderful woman, and I adore that picture of you getting a cat – you are beyond adorable. How disappointing to have this not work out, but it sounds amazing – I go crazy for apple crisp, but have never tried it without oats in the topping! If it tastes like candy, I’m game to try it.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Thanks Anna. That was such a big moment cuz my dad hated cats. So me getting one was such a big deal.

  9. says

    It still looks good to me :) Lovely pics of your Mom and she sure was a special woman!Hope you had a great Mother’s Day Kim :)

  10. says

    I have definitely forgotten ingredients before, you are not alone! I have also lost track of cups and screwed up the recipe that way. Once I screwed up a cookie recipe but it turned out amazing….I have never been able to reproduce it since.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Thanks Julie. It’s good to know I’m not alone. I also laughed at the cookie thing. I’ve done something like that myself with spices and it drives me nuts.

  11. says

    Flour or no flour this was a truly beautiful post and I actually think the crisp looks pretty darn good! You can’t go wrong with sweet cinnamony apples and ice cream. Thanks for reminding me to squeeze my mom extra tight tonight. I hope you are filled today and always with sweet memories and the beautiful presence of your mom.

  12. says

    Kim, I knew I’d be teary eyed reading your post and as expected, I am. With every post you write about my mom, I can feel the love and admiration you have for her sizzling off my screen. I can’t begin to imagine losing my mom at such a young age – I appreciate her every moment. Even though you forgot an ingredient, you still made the crisp with your mom in mind so that’s what counts (plus, you’re totally right – ice cream makes everything better!). I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day of your own this year.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Thanks for that Nancy. Sorry it made you teary though. I love to share stories about my mom, it helps me feel like she’s still changing lives even now.

  13. says

    Oh no! i hate when I forget to add an ingredient in a recipe! I accidentally forgot to add eggs to my pancake batter one time and I could not for the life of me figure out why they were turning out funky. Ooops! I am glad your crisp still tasted good on top of ice cream – sounds yummy to me!

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Lol Katie, I’ve done stuff like that too. I guess we’re all human, is it sad my type A personality hates that?

  14. says

    Oopsies!! Oh well, those things happen. Silly flour for not jumping into the bowl all by itself.
    I love the giant smile on your face in the photo of your first cat. It made me smile just looking at it.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      I know right. Darn flour.

      Thanks Renee. I loved “kitty” so much. I was so creative with his name right.

  15. says

    We can’t be perfect, my mom taught me that. So no worries, I bet your apple crisp was amazing still!!! What a beautiful post:-). Sending hugs, Terra

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Thanks Lori. I bet that was one sour pumpkin pie. I think we all do it on occasion. Happens to everyone eventually.

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