The most AMAZING cinnamon baked apples & mouthwatering delicious, buttery struesel topping makes up this Ina Garten Apple Crisp. It’s out of this world!
I am happy to report that fall weather has arrived in Minnesota. Last week temps were in the 90’s and this week is they’re in the 60’s – far more seasonally appropriate for this time of year. Those of us who love to wear hoodies and stand around bonfires are much more comfortable.
Old Fashioned Apple Crisp by Ina Garten
It also means that we can retrieve our baking sheets and rolling pins from the back of the cupboard because baking season is here! I’m not a baker by nature but my goal this year is to fine-tune my skills. I purchased a baking scale and an assortment of flours with which to experiment. I figured if I was going to learn more about baking I should look to one of the masters – Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa. I started out with a fall staple – Her Old Fashioned Apple Crisp. It’s classic Ina Garten recipe – Rustic and classy at the same time. And of course it’s totally mouthwatering.
What is an Apple Crisp?
Apple crisp, or apple crumble as it is also known as, is a delicious dessert consisting of freshly baked chopped apples with a buttery streusel topping. Like our Peach Cobbler with Cake Mix, crisps can be made with different types of fruits.
What kind of apples do you use for apple crisp?
The key to any fall apple dessert are the apples themselves. This Ina Garten Apple Crisp recipe uses an apple variety I’d never tried before – McIntosh. I’m accustomed to combining a few different varieties of apples in my baked goods in order to achieve the right sweet and sour balance but the McIntosh apples themselves are totally balanced. It was a happy discovery. Learn how to shop for and choose the best apples in our article titled Facts About Apples.
How to make Ina Garten’s Old Fashioned Apple Crisp
- Peel and core 5 lbs. of McIntosh apples
- Cut apples into wedges or chunks and place them in a large bowl
- Add zest of 1 lemon, 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, zest of 1 orange, 2 Tbsp. orange juice, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 2 tsp. cinnamon, and 1 tsp. nutmeg in the bowl with the apples
- Stir the apples until they are evenly coated in the sugar and spices
Streusel Topping for Ina Garten Apple Crisp
The next step is to make the streusel topping. I have to admit that I’m a big fan of streusel topping. I love the buttery crunch and chunks of oatmeal – It really doesn’t get any better.
- In a stand mixer, combine 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 3/4 packed cup light brown sugar, 1 cup oatmeal, 1/2 lb. diced cold butter, and 1/2 tsp. kosher salt to a stand mixer
- Mix the ingredients using the paddle attachment until it is combined and roughly the size of small peas
NOTE: Make sure to dice the butter before adding it to the mixer. I added the sticks whole, switched on the mixer, and poof – streusel ingredients all over the counter and floor!
How to Bake Ina Garten Apple Crisp
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. and butter a baking dish. Ina’s recipe calls for an oval 9 x 14 x 2 inch baking dish so by all means use that if you have one but my baking vessels are pretty basic so I went with a 9 x 13 inch cake pan and it seemed to work just fine.
- Pour the apples into the pan and spread evenly across the bottom.
- Pour the streusel topping evenly over the apples until they are totally covered.
- Place the pan in preheated oven and bake for an hour.
- Remove the apple crisp when it has finished baking.
- Allow to cool slightly before serving.
The streusel topping on the apple crisp will become golden brown and the apples will get nice and bubbly as they cook. The sugars in the dish caramelize as it bakes creating a nice color and candy-like appearance around the edges. This Old Fashioned Apple Crisp smells amazing as it bakes. It will definitely feel like fall once you pop this apple crisp in the oven.
You can serve this Ina Garten Apple Crisp while it’s still warm. I found it to be delicious on its own, but I imagine a scoop of whipped cream or ice cream would take it over the top. The addition of orange and lemon zest gives this Old Fashioned Apple Crisp a bright and vibrant flavor. It’s unlike any apple crisp I’ve tried and found it to be a lovely change. It doesn’t feel heavy like many fall desserts but still retains that richness that we crave this time of year.
More Fresh Apple Recipes
- Apple and Delicata Squash Tart
- Baked Apple Pork Chops
- Sauteed Apples
- Sliced Baked Apples
- Caramel Apple Empanadas
- Broccoli Apple Salad
- Apple Banana Smoothie
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The most AMAZING cinnamon baked apples & mouthwatering delicious, buttery struesel topping makes up this Ina Garten Apple Crisp. It's out of this world!
- 5 lbs. McIntosh apples or Macoun apples
- zest of 1 lemon
- 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
- zest of 1 orange
- 2 Tbsp. orange juice
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1 1/2 cups AP flour
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 packed cup light brown sugar
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 lb. butter diced and chilled
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Butter a 9 x 14 x 2 inch oval baking dish or a 9 x 13 inch cake pan.
Peel 5 lbs. McIntosh or Macoun apples. Cut the apples into wedges or large chunks and place into a large bowl.
Zest 1 lemon and add to the apples along with 2 Tbsp. lemon juice. Zest 1 orange and add to the apples along with 2 Tbsp. orange juice.
Add 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 2 tsp. cinnamon, and 1 tsp. nutmeg to the apples. Stir the apples until they are completely coated in the sugar, spices, and citrus.
Dice 1/2 lb. (2 sticks) of cold butter and add them to a mixing bowl. Add 1 1/2 cups AP flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 3/4 packed cup light brown sugar, 1 cup oats, and 1/2 tsp. kosher salt to the bowl. Mix using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer until the mixture is the size of small peas.
Pour the apples into the buttered pan and spread evenly across the bottom. Pour the streusel topping on top of the apples and coat them evenly.
Place the pan in the oven and bake for 1 hour. The top should get golden brown and the apples bubbly.
Remove pan from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.
Recipe source: Ina Garten's Old Fashioned Apple Crisp