Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Celebrating Fall with Apple-Cherry Crisp

Tex here, and yes, fall has finally arrived in North Texas. That means high temps have fallen below 90 and it's time to bake again. And let's face it, fall and apples go hand-in-hand, so what better way to welcome fall than by putting a twist on a fall favorite, apple crisp.

I love fruit desserts, though they seem to vary from season to season. Summers I think of cobbler, winter is usually pies, but I always associate crisps with autumn. And because there's no crust to worry about, they're so easy.

So here's what you'll need for the filling:

2 1/2 lbs. apples, peeled, cored and cut into cubes (I used Honeycrisp, but Rome is another good variety. Something with a bit of tart)
1 1/2 cups pitted cherries (frozen works best, but you can also use canned)
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

For the topping:

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup roughly chopped pecans (or nut of your choice)
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Okay, let's start with our filling. Mix together the apples and cherries.
Now add the dark brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg.
And stir to combine.
Look at those glorious fall colors.

Pour into greased baking dish.
Now for the topping. Combine the flour, brown sugar, pecans, oats, cinnamon and salt.
Add melted butter
And stir until clumps form.
If you're like me, this is where restraint comes in. I could eat this mixture by itself. But then there would be no crisp to my apple crisp.
So go ahead and sprinkle the clumps over the apple/cherry mixture.

Bake 45-55 minutes, until bubbly and lightly browned.
Yes, the heathens got to it before I could take a pic.
But then it's oh-so-good while it's piping hot, especially with a melting scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Now that's what I'm talking about. I love the crunch of the topping with the tenderness of the fruit.
Can it just stay fall forever?

Now it's your turn. What's your favorite fall dessert?

Mindy Obenhaus lives in Texas with her husband and kids. She's passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining, and sometimes adventurous, manner. When she’s not writing, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her grandchildren. Learn more at www.MindyObenhaus.com.


  1. Ohhhhhh....that's an interesting mix!!!! I have tossed strawberries in with apples for a crisp but never thought of cherries! I'm definitely going to make this. :-)

    I love apple anything in the fall. Funny, because we can get apples all year round in the grocery store but going to the farmer's market and getting freshly picked makes the baking more magical. And the flavour is awesome since so many different varieties are available now.

    It's been chilly enough to put a duvet on the bed at night and I'm loving it! Bring on the hot apple cider!

    1. I'm with you, Kav. Hot apple cider for everyone. Reminds me of my childhood.

      Apples are just better in the fall. Perhaps because there are so many other fruits to choose from in the spring and summer. Like the Bible says, to everything there is a season. I like apple and pumpkin season. :)

  2. I love blended fruit crisps!!!! Mindy, you must have known that they're my favorite! It's so much fun to blend fruits in that cinnamony goodness!!! Oh be still my heart... and I have bags of frozen cherries in the freezer... I think apple cherry crisp is my recipe for this coming weekend.

    Thank you, Mind-O!!!!

    1. Ruthy, I thought of you as I was writing this post, knowing that you always freeze cherries in the summer. Yes, it's that cinnamony goodness that we love so much. And I like to addition of the pecans for that extra bit of flavor and crunch.

    2. Nuts in the topping is a must when it's me.... I do some without nuts, too, because my family is not as open-minded as the mother of the species!!! But this just sounds D-I-V-I-N-E!!!

    3. Mine are the same way when it comes to nuts. Could it be one of those traits that tends to skip a generation? ;)

  3. This looks so good! And I love the amount of topping on it. I almost like more topping than fruit. LOL

    1. I hear you, Missy. Remember my comment about eating the topping by itself. :D It's a nice balance, but I suppose you could always do more topping. Double might be too much, but maybe one and a half would be good.

    2. On my standard recipe, I always double the topping and go 1 and 1/2 times the fruit for a deep dish type crisp. I like the deep dish look of things.

  4. Wow Cindy, Doesn't this look yummy for a fall treat? Thanks for sharing. My family will be very happy. :)

    1. You're welcome, Sandra. I know this dish sure made me happy. :)

  5. Cherries AND apples! That is a yummy sounding combination!

    *Putting frozen cherries on the grocery list....*

    I'm glad that you're getting some fall-like weather, but shudder at the temps. "Below 90" is most of our summer. :( Poor Mindy.

    1. Jan, yesterday was a real treat. We never even made it to 70! Today we're looking at low to mid 80s, then upper 80s Wednesday before another cool front bumps us back to around 80. I guess it's all about perspective. Compared to 100, these all sound pretty tame.

      And yes, the combination is very yummy. Almost made it again last night, but was afraid I'd eat it all. :P

  6. I would really love it if you could just deliver this right through my computer. *sigh*

    I had a cherry walnut crumb pie two weeks ago that was just delicious, but it didn't have the apples. I love me some apples.

    Thanks for sharing, Mindy.

    1. If I could, I would, Mary Cate. And you could definitely use the walnuts, if you prefer.

  7. This looks delicious! =) Thanks for sharing!

    1. You're welcome, MRFB. Thanks for stopping by.