My grandma used to make a version of this for me when I was a little girl. She would make it using fresh apples from her tree in the back yard. I've adapted her recipe because I love the combination of apple, pecans, and caramel.—Emily Hobbs, Springfield, Missouri
I MAKE "apple everything" in fall when the new crop is in, and I was happy to add this delicious recipe to my apple dishes. A lady at church shared it with me.
Sometimes I'll top the squares with a cream cheese frosting, especially if I'm having company.
-Leona Pecoraro, Ravenden, Arkansas
YEARS AGO, I found this basic recipe on the label of a can of pineapple. I adjusted it to suit our taste and made it lower in sugar.
This dessert is a refreshing change from the usual apple or berry fruit crisps. It's also easy to fix for two and can be served warm or cold.
-Lorraine Mix, Remer, Minnesota
Meet the Cook: You can serve this crumble as a snack, and it's also great for a breakfast gathering or church supper. It is good hot...and good on the second day as well.
We're the parents of six grown children and grandparents of 11.
-Ginger Isham, Williston, Vermont
Meet the Cook: Especially when I'm just serving a dessert, I like to prepare this. I'll usually make it with fresh apples - but I've also sometimes used home-canned ones.
Our sons are both grown, and my husband and I have two grandchildren.
-Phyllis Hinck, Lake City, Minnesota
Meet the Cook: Just as soon as the first crop of apples is off the trees, I fix this crisp. Thanks to the butterscotch pudding, it's moist and sweet. It's popular at potlucks, and it's a nice snack. In fact, I'm reluctant to make it in the evening - I'm afraid someone will sneak down to the refrigerator at midnight and claim it!
My husband and I have four children, ranging in age from 21 to 8.
-Elaine Nicholl, Nottingham, Pennsylvania
I made this crisp often when our children were growing up. Now our grandchildren love it as well. It's terrific topped with ice cream. Cherries and pineapple are a tasty combination.—Annabell Jordan, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma