Ina’s Old Fashioned Apple Crisp

This Apple Crisp is a twist on the traditional apple pie and takes half the time and effort. And that topping?? To die for! This will satisfy the need for the obligatory apple dessert on the Thanksgiving menu but might also appeal to all of those non-apple-pie-lovers.

Total time: 1 1/2-2 hours

Servings: 9-12

Filling Ingredients:

  • 4 lbs of apples, peeled and sliced
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Topping Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup butter, cold and diced
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans

Check out this video to watch me make the recipe!

Step 1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9 x 13-in casserole dish.

Step 2. Peel and cut the apples. I used an apple slicer first, and then for the final chop, I used my fruit/veggie chopper. I love that the chopper is safe and easy for kids to use and it gets the job done in a fraction of the time!

Step 3. For the filling, combine sliced apples with orange and lemon zest, orange and lemon juice, sugar, and spices. I used a microplane zester and a citrus squeezer. They’re inexpensive, effective, and quick, and are a must-have in everyone’s gadget drawer.

Step 4. For the topping, combine flour, sugars, salt, oatmeal and cold butter. Cut in the butter until well incorporated. Topping should be crumbly. Add in 3/4 cup of chopped pecans for some extra crunch.

Step 5. Pour the apple filling into a 9×13 casserole dish and scatter the topping over the apples. Bake uncovered for 60 minutes.

Step 6. Let it set and serve it with a gigantic scoop of vanilla ice cream and a silent thank you to Ina.

Are you interested in other Thanksgiving recipes or need ideas? If so, I created a complete guide on hosting a Friendsgiving / Thanksgiving dinner party. Click this link, and I’ll email you a copy!



credit: Ina Garten

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