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I have a volunteer apple tree in my back yard. I didn’t plant it and have no idea what variety it is. It gives me a nice bag of apples every year despite me totally ignoring it. The perfect plant!

So, I have had apples to eat, cut into my cereal, and made a couple of desserts. I still had apples left. I used to make jelly or apple butter but there is just She Who Must Be Obeyed and I. As we’ve gotten older, we don’t eat that much jelly.

I needed to find an alternative use for our apples. I decided to make some apple crisps and freeze them to pull out all winter when we felt like a dessert.

It works better when you cook apples before freezing so I gave them a saute until they were just tender but still crisp. Here’s my recipe.

I peeled and sliced apples until I had 1 kg (2 pounds) apple slices. I tossed them in 25 ml (2 tablespoons) of lemon juice to keep their colour. I added 75 ml (1/3 cup) maple syrup and 125 ml (1/2 cup) of brown sugar and mixed.

I preheated my electric frying pan to 325 F, medium on a stove top. I melted 15 ml (1 tablespoon) butter and sauteed the apple mixture until starting to just soften but not until cooked, 10 to 12 minutes. I turned the heat off and added 50 ml (1/4 cup) of rum and 50 ml (1/4 cup) water.

I spread the apples about 1 1/2 inches deep in pans that are a convenient size for when I reheat. For the two of us, I use disposable loaf pans.

I put:

  • 175 ml (3/4 cup) of brown sugar
  • 175 ml (3/4 cup) of flour
  • 175 ml (3/4 cup) rolled oats
  • 2 ml (1/2 tsp) cinnamon
  • 1 ml (1/4 tsp) nutmeg
  • 1 ml (1/4 tsp) salt

in a large mixing bowl. I added 125 ml of cold butter and mixed until it was a coarse crumbly mixture.

Spread the crumb mixture over the apples.

Cover the pans with foil and label advising to thaw and then cook 30 minutes at 375 F. You can store in the freezer for 3 months.

Of course, I had to cook one up!

The Verdict

This is a delicious Apple Crisp. There is a nice pudding texture but the apples still have some chew. Of course, we love being able to pull a dessert out of the freezer to brighten a winter day!

The Old Fat Guy

Freezer Apple Crisp

Freezer Apple Crisp


  • 1 kg (2 pounds) peeled and sliced apples
  • 25 ml (2 tablespoons) lemon juice
  • 75 ml (1/3 cup) maple syrup
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) brown sugar
  • 50 ml (1/4 cup) water
  • 50 ml (1/4 cup) rum
  • 15 ml (1 tablespoon) cold butter
  • 175 ml (3/4 cup) brown sugar
  • 175 ml (3/4 cup) flour
  • 175 ml (3/4 cup) rolled oats
  • 2 ml (1/2 tsp) cinnamon
  • 1 ml (1/4 tsp) nutmeg
  • 1 ml (1/4 tsp) salt
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) butter


  1. Toss the apples with the lemon juice.
  2. Add the maple syrup and 125 ml (1/2 cup) brown sugar. Toss to coat.
  3. Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat. Saute the apple mixture until apples just start to get tender but are still crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Add the water and rum and stir.
  5. Spread the apples, 1 1/2 inch deep, into containers that are the size you will want for later service. I use foil loaf pans.
  6. Put the 175 ml (3/4 cup) brown sugar, flour, rolled oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl. Stir to mix.
  7. Add the 125 ml (1/2 cup) of butter and mix to a crumbly coarse mixture. Spread over the apples.
  8. Cover with foil and freeze. Label with instructions to thaw and cook at 375 F for 30 minutes.
  9. When you wish to serve, thaw and cook at 375 F for 30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes and serve as is or with ice cream.
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