Apple Cranberry Crisp and Apple Picking in Ottawa

TheOrchard was just up the road and Little A. and I couldn’t contain our excitement.
Apple picking!
We’ve been waiting for this for sometime now.  Anticipating the wonderment of spending 
  the  afternoon together, crunching into homegrown treasures and introducing A. to his very
    first apple, right off the tree.
   We are about to pull into Log Cabin Orchard
   and mommy’s getting silly with happiness, because I love apple picking 
   and I just know our Lion is going to love it too…
Mr. Smith brought Little A. right up to the tree and without hesitation, A. reached up and grabbed hold of one great big red Lobo. He pulled with all of his might and successfully picked it off the branch, grasping it tightly with both hands while going in for a giant bite.
Oh the look of delight in his eyes! 
The sheer joy of discovery!
Mama sure knew right; Our Little Darling loves apples, so much so, he ate three all to himself –
putting his new teeth to good work chomping on these delicious organic beauties.
Mr. Smith and I enjoyed every moment of the afternoon. Getting on the hay ride to the orchard,
walking the rows of glorious trees, munching on a few perfectly satisfying apples ourselves
and drinking up the fresh air and invigorating surroundings.
Log Cabin Orchard, located at 6121 Cabin Road in Osgoode is a true gem of a place to go apple picking right outside of the city.

Walk onto these grounds and you know you’re exactly where you’re suppose to be.
The smell of pies baking, the hay wagon coming around the corner, smiling folk carrying
bushels of apples, laughing children running around the orchard – this is the kind of spot you’re
thrilled to discover and you just know you’ll be visiting again sooner than later.

They even have a tasty shop in the log cabin with scrumptious offerings of baked goods, apple cider,
honey and so much more!

With all these gorgeous apples, something delectable was bound to be baked as soon as possible!

I got to work.

But you can hardly call it work, when you get to look out into the gloaming, watch the
sailboats in the distance and make swirly garlands out of apple peels, relishing in the
simple joys of life.

Apple Cranberry Crisp is my husband’s favourite dessert.
It ranks pretty high on my list too.  It’s warm, it’s sweet, it’s a medley of spices and a hint of tart –
It really does hit the spot.  And boy does it start the apple season off right!
This is the first of many apple recipes to come…my head is swirling with possibilities.

There is nothing like the smell of something good baking in the oven,
coffee brewing, candles flickering, Little A. laughing and dancing with daddy
and time standing still.

From our home to yours,
I hope you really enjoy this one!

For more information about Log Cabin Orchard, please call: 613-826-1596

Gluten-Free Apple Cranberry Crisp
Serves 6

6 apples peeled and chopped
1 1/2 cup cranberries
1 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3/4 cup warm melted butter
2 cup gluten free oat flour
2 cups gluten free rolled oats

Peel & chop apples, place in medium sized casserole. Add in cranberries.
In a small bowl, mix together 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 Tbsp cinnamon and nutmeg.
Sprinkle over apples and cranberries and mix well, making sure to coat the fruit.

In a medium bowl, mix together oat flour, rolled oats, 1/2 cup brown sugar and
1 Tbsp cinnamon. Add in 3/4 cup of warm melted butter –
stir until the crumble begins to form.

Pour the crumble on top of the apples and cranberries. Cover with lid.

Bake covered for 45 minutes at 350F
and then for another 15 minutes uncovered.


Emily Smith

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  1. Your Little A. is truly a darling, look at that face! So sweet.
    Looks like you had a great family weekend and that crumble looks heavenly ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Loving this. The pic of the little cutie is adorable. I love apple picking but man you sure went to a beautiful place to do it. Great recipe. Drooling over this one.

  3. Oh, that is too precious for words! I love the pictures of your little one and I can just see him with a big apple in his hands. The recipe is beautiful and I love the flavor combination of apples and cranberries. You’re right…you found a gem!

  4. This really is a wonderful post, it celebrates the joy of getting back to nature and creating something wonderful in the kitchen from nature’s bounty. All in perfect timing for fall. Great pics-Buzz Buzz!

  5. What a lovely family time! We did cherry picking last June with my kids and it was a lot of fun. Your apple cranberry crisp looks delicious and you take such beautiful photos! I love your son’s smirk on his face. SUPER cute!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Emily, I was hoping you would have a good apple recipe for me!;) This sounds amazing.

    Thanks for sharing your sweet family photos with us! You hubs and baby look so happy and so do you! An apple orchard are a wonderful way to spend time together.
    Hope you are having a great week!

  7. Emily..I can’t wait to go apple picking this year! That looks like a really pretty orchard you visited. And your pictures are just stunning! You really have a great eye! (And a lovely family!) Nothing beats a warm sweet apple crisp in the fall…but I love the addition of the cranberries and can’t wait to try this!

  8. bliss overloads, okay i do LOVE and ADORE your dishes, this one’s amazing! but….seeing the 3 of you in these photos gives my heart an extra boost of delight. could a girl be any happier? i think not! apple orchards with the fams is obviously, the best and most anticipated part of the day. le sigh………

    xoox โ™ฅ

  9. @ Drew: Thank you! We sure did have a great time
    @ Cucina49: So glad you came by!
    @Tina: We did! Your comment made me laugh out loud ๐Ÿ™‚
    @Gloria: Thank you, you’re always so kind
    @ Bonnie: Thanks Bonnie, he’s my angel
    @Stephanie: Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you get some good apples in your neck of the woods to make crisp with!!
    @ Kim Bee: Thank you! It is a gorgeous Orchard.
    @Kalie: Thank you
    @Ann: You’re too sweet ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for coming by! I love your blog.
    @ Marie: I hope you get a chance to pick apples this year, it’s so fun!
    @momdecuisine: Thank you, so glad you came by
    @Tina: Thanks Tina!! It’s so true – it’s such a wonderful thing to enjoy, straight from the tree ๐Ÿ™‚
    @Elsie: Thank you!!
    @ Miss Iona: It was really peaceful and lovely
    @Nami: The best family time – I love it! Thank you, Little A. is the cutest!
    @Anna: Thank you Anna! You sure had a lovely time apple picking with the family too ๐Ÿ™‚
    @S.V – Thank you!! So glad you dropped by and left a sweet note.
    @ Anne: That is so sweet – thank you soooo much.
    @Noemi: I hope you get the getaway you need! Thanks for coming by ๐Ÿ™‚
    @Lynn: You’re so kind – thank you, it was a lovely day for sure

    As always, thank you for your beautiful comments dear readers –
    its such a pleasure to read them all!!


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