Apples have existed for thousands of years. Archaeological evidence of the fruit’s consumption in Europe dates back to the Stone Age. Valued in antiquity for their taste and medicinal qualities, apples were cultivated by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
Although apples can claim a long history, apple crisp or crumble is a relatively modern dessert. According to Wikipedia, the first recipe in print does not occur until 1924 in Everybody’s Cook Book: A Comprehensive Manual of Home Cookery by American author Isabel Ely Lord. Also, on December 9, 1924, apple crisp is mentioned in a newspaper article in the appropriately named Appleton Post Crescent.