Buckwheat Apple Crisp

Fall in upstate New York is apple time; the state produces more apples than any other besides Washington and accounts for nearly 15% of the US crop. With some forty varieties grown around the state, the selection is unequalled. And this year’s crop is expected to be the best in years. The simple apple crisp is an easy alternative to apple pie and, made with buckwheat flour, it is gluten-free. For baking I like crisp tart apple variety like Cortland—named for the New York county between Binghamton and Syracuse—which I usually mix with another variety or two, most often Ginger Crisp, Pippin, or Spy.




1.5 kilograms

3 pounds

Lemon juice

30 milliliters

2 Tablespoons

Brown sugar, light or dark

80 grams

½ cup

Cinnamon, ground

5 milliliters

1 teaspoon

Nutmeg, ground

2½ milliliters

½ teaspoon

Cloves, ground (optional)

1 milliliter

¼ teaspoon

Rolled oats

55 grams

½ cup

Buckwheat flour

80 grams

½ cup

Granulated sugar

100 grams

Scant ½ cup

Butter, cut into small pieces

60 grams

2 ounces ( ½ stick)


Preheat oven to 190°C (375°F).

Peel, core, slice, and halve the apples*. Toss in a bowl with the lemon juice. In a separate bowl, combine the brown sugar and spices then add to the apples, tossing to coat them.

Put the oats, buckwheat flour, sugar, and butter into a food processor fitted with the cutting blade and pulse a few times to form a crumbly mixture. If you do not have a food processor, cut the butter into flour and sugar with a pastry cutter or two forks then stir in the oats. (Then go out and buy one!)

Butter a 9-inch (230 mm) diameter deep pie dish and put the apples into it, doming them as needed. Spread the flour mixture over the apples and pat it to form a crust.

Bake for about 45 minutes, or until apples are tender and topping is lightly browned.

Serve hot or cold with or without a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.


*      If you plan to do much cooking with apples by all means invest in a Back to Basics Peel Away™ apple peeler available online and at many stores for $15 to $25. It really works!


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