Classic Apple Pecan Crisp

Fast Cooking Recipes For Family

It was also baking day. He loved seeing his mother bent over the enormous kitchen table, elbow-deep in dough, moving to the measured rhythm of making bread…Before, in times of plenty, she had put aside a bit of dough, added milk, eggs, and cinnamon, and made buns that were stored in a tin-one for each child for each day of the week. ~Isabel allende, Eva Luna, 1988

Of all the foods that spur memories of childhood for me, few are as instantly memorable as old-fashioned classic desserts. Apple pies were an all time classic in our household. 

I read somewhere as I was researching in one of my books, the author describes that a friend was telling her a story of how she had watched her grandmother prepare a favorite fruitcake many times and wanted to try making it herself. When it came to add the flour, she put in a cupful, just as her grandmother told her to do. When she tried to re-create the recipe, the cake was a failure. When she asked her grandmother why, the older woman opened her cupboard and pulled out an old cracked tea cup. “A cupful, yes-but it has to be this cup!” How many times has this scenario happened to all of us in the kitchen?

Think of a recipe as a trusted guide, it can tell you only so much. If your trying out a new dessert recipe, trust your instincts. If it doesn’t turn out exactly like it says, don’t worry, your oven may be off; temperature may need a slight adjustment. Your apples may be larger, smaller, tarter or drier. Trust your instincts. Experiment with a different fruit, another spice, a different crust, a different topping.

Cooking, after all, should be a great adventure. Recipes are only a guiding tool. One recipe is created and another one is created using a personal touch.

The following dessert recipe has been created over and over again. This dessert is very yummy and a perfect treat for the family or your guests. It is also a very economical dessert and won’t cause a pinch in your budget.

Apple Crisp Deep Covered Baker

Classic  Apple Pecan Crisp


5-6 Granny Smith Apples (can substitute with your choice of apple)
1 package (9 ounces) yellow cake mix
1-2 Tablespoons sugar (adjust sugar depending on sweetness of apples)
1 Tablesppon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup chopped pecans (or your choice of nuts)
Vanilla ice cream or whipped topping

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Peel, core and slice apples. Place apples in bottom of baking dish.
2. In a bowl, combine cake mix, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla and butter. Mix until crumbly. Sprinkle mixture evenly over apples. Chop pecans and sprinkle over the top of mixture.
3. Bake 35-40 minutes or until apples are tender. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped topping if desired.
Yield: 10 servings
This is a very versatile dessert. Apples may be substituted for blueberries, cherries, pears or peaches. *Pictures show pecans omitted from ingredients.

 Apple Crisp Slice



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3 thoughts on “Classic Apple Pecan Crisp”

  • I never thought of using a cake mix for the topping, but I’m definitely going to do so now. And I loved your little story about the tea cup. I have a similar story. We could never duplicate my grandmother’s Cake and Dip… because we never asked her for the recipe. Dumb! We tried every combination without any success and then finally decided the secret ingredient had to be the fact that the dip was made in a cast iron frying pan that was used to cook every other meal. It might have been a touch of bacon flavoring that made her dip famous lol…

  • Thank you. If you ever stop back by, let me know how it turns out. That’s a great baking story too. Thank you for sharing.

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