Mom's Apple Crisp

No one makes apple crisp like my mom. This is a real treat for our family, especially when she uses the apples from our own orchard. We have a Red variety of apple, planted by my great grampa and we have no idea what kind of apple it really is, (they are shown in the bowl in the photo), but it is the tastiest cooking apple.
Things Needed:
5 peeled and sliced apples
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbs water to sprinkle over apples
Cinnamon or Apple pie spice, ( which ever your preference)
Lay the apples in a 9x9 baking dish. Mix the vanilla and water and sprinkle over them. Sprinkle over the spices. We generally sprinkle the spice till the apples are liberally coated. (Optional: chopped nuts, raisins or cranberries may be added) Set aside
Next, Topping:
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup of dry oat meal
1 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of flour
1/2 tsp salt
Chop all the ingredients in a dish with a pastry chopper. When the mixture is a medium, crumbly consistency, pour it evenly over the apples in the dish. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until done. May be served plain or with ice cream.
Note: mom has made this for so long with out a recipe that we had to have her record this twice as she made this dish. She got this recipe from my grandmother who probably never recorded it either;-)
From the Kitchen of Marilyn Wilken (Mare at Oak Hollow's mom)
Photo by Mary Fischer

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