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“From the Krusteaz Company based in Seattle, Washington. The maple syrup and nuts were my addition. Pears would make an ideal substitute for the apples I think. Pumpkin pie spice, apple pie spice, or Mixed Spice - Traditional Old Fashioned English Pudding Spice can be used in place of the ground cinnamon if you wish. I tried apple pie spice in the test recipe.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup Zoom quick hot cereal, mix (*uncooked*)
  • 12 cup unbleached flour
  • 34 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (*not* imitation)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (or substitute-read recipe ^^intro)
  • 13 cup butter, softened plus 1 tablespoon
  • 4 12 cups peeled and sliced apples (4 medium)
  • 12 cup nuts, chopped (walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, etc. I used up a bunch of odds and ends.)


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In medium bowl, blend together Zoom Hot Cereal mix, flour, brown sugar, maple syrup and cinnamon.
  3. Cut in 1/3 cup butter with pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles size of small peas.
  4. Press half of mixture into lightly greased 8x8x2-inch pan.
  5. Layer with sliced apples. Sprinkle remaining mixture over apples. Sprinkle the nuts on top. Dot with the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter.
  6. Bake 40-45 minutes. Cover the dish the final 15 minutes of baking to avoid the nuts burning.
  7. After removing the apple crunch from the oven set it aside to cool slightly-about 10 to 15 minutes. Serve warm and if desired with vanilla ice cream or real whipped cream.

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