Enjoy an apple crumble, Dad's favorite

This year with the addition of Joy's first grandson, we seem to be getting the family together even more often than usual. Everyone wants to see this little bundle of love!

We decided to do a family day at the apple orchard and then come back to the house for dessert and coffee but there was one requirement, you had to bring a creative apple dessert! Of course the girls thought this was a fabulous idea … the boys not so much!

We started that cold windy Sunday with some hot apple toddies topped with fresh cinnamon whipped cream, which was perfect for the cold day, and ended with a spicy apple coffee warmed with sweetened milk and a touch of vanilla. The girls baked fresh apple pies, cakes and even chewy chocolate chip cookies with apples.

Judy and I seem to stick to the old favorites and our choice of the day was a recipe we have been whipping up for family and friends for a number of years now, always adding a bit

more of this, or a pinch more of that. I think we finally got it just right! Somehow though, over the years, my younger sister Jackie took over baking this dish. It was our Dad’s favorite, and sadly, since he passed away, Jackie stopped making it. She just couldn’t bring herself to bake it again....she tried once, but cried through the whole


This year is Judy's 3rd year as a breast cancer survivor and her favorite dessert is apple anything. Soooooo ....our baby sister will be making this recipe again. Now, if there are any tears, they will be tears of happiness and gratitude. Yayyyyy!

Please join us on Facebook at TwinsJudyandJoy, Instagram and Twitter to see where we will be next! We will be running all over the Tri-State area as we advocate for women during Breast Cancer month. We even made it to the Land of Oz! (The Dr. Oz Show). So stay tuned for our appearance date on the Dr. Oz Show! We will be putting our healthy twists on a great American favorite!

Daddy’s Favorite Apple Crumble

2 1 ⁄ 2 pounds apples, your favorite variety, peeled, cored and sliced

1 cup vanilla sugar (submerge a split vanilla bean in two cups granulated sugar for one to two weeks)

2 teaspoons apple pie spice

1 ⁄ 2 to 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind

a good splash of fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 1 ⁄ 4 cup water

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9x13-inch decorative baking dish, or any size (the apples will bake down so don’t worry).

Place the apples in a large skillet on medium heat, sprinkle with lemon juice.

Combine the sugar, pie spice and lemon rind in a small bowl, sprinkle over the apples and toss to coat. Bring this mixture to a boil, uncovered, about 5 minutes. Add the cornstarch/water mixture and stir to blend. Pour into prepared baking dish. Set aside.

Sprinkle the crumble topping (below) over the apples. Bake: 30 minutes, or until top is golden and the apples are soft.

Crumble Topping

3 ⁄ 4 cup brown sugar

3 ⁄ 4 cup flour

1 ⁄ 2 cup melted butter

1 ⁄ 2 -1 teaspoon vanilla extract

pinch of salt

1 ⁄ 2 -1 teaspoon cinnamon

3 ⁄ 4 cup nuts (optional)

Melt the butter and let it cool slightly. Add the vanilla extract.

Add butter mixture to dry mixture and blend. Taste it! Add a bit more of whatever flavor you like.