When Mr. Johns hides the apples

It’s never intentional! But he does it every time I buy them. He comes across a bag of apples on the counter and says to himself, “This is messy.” And he put them behind the kitchen cabinet and out of sight.

Then when I’m getting ready to grocery shop, I think, “Wow! We really ate those apples quickly. I’d better buy more.” I write them on my list.

So I buy more apples, and the same thing happens. Mr. Johns sees them on the counter and he says to himself, “Messy, messy, messy…” And where does he put them? Out of sight, behind the cabinet.

Eventually I find this stockpile of apples, and they need to be cooked with immediately! And that, dear reader, is how I come to make apple crisp. It is not with planning and forethought. It is with a genuine panic to use up the apples before they go bad. πŸ™‚

Apple Crisp


Apple filling

Apples peeled and sliced–enough to completely fill your baking dish

1/2 cup brown sugar

3 tbsp corn starch

Generous squirt of lemon juice (4 tbsp maybe?)

Water–enough to fill about 1/2 inch of water in the dish

5 tbsp olive oil


2 cups oats

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tbsp cinnamon

2 tsp salt

1/2 cup olive oil


Cut and peel enough apples to fill your baking dish. Then sprinkle the brown sugar and corn starch over the apples. Mix it in so that the apples are coated. Add enough water to fill about 1/2 inch of water in the dish. Then drizzle the olive oil on top.

Next, mix all the Topping ingredients together in a bowl, then pour it over the top of the apples and spread it around so that it is even.

Cover in tin foil, and put the dish on top of a cookie sheet, just in case it bubbles over at all. Bake at 375F for forty minutes. Then take the foil off the top and bake until the topping is browned. Probably about 20 minutes.

This crisp is warm, comforting, and a family favorite in the Johns home. It might be made in a panic about the apples behind the cabinet, but we always enjoy it, and it gets gobbled up in one day.

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5 responses to “When Mr. Johns hides the apples”

  1. So funny! Maybe you need a pretty basket or bowl to put apples in. It’s so warm in . Atlanta GA, ours go in the fridge year round!

    1. I might need an “apple bowl.” That’s a good idea! πŸ™‚

  2. Looks delicious πŸ˜‹ where is the ice cream ?

    1. You know, we never use ice cream! But we should. πŸ™‚

  3. You need to have a serious “talk” with your husband regarding hiding the apples. Maybe he can just put them in the crisper drawer in the fridge.πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈ

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