Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp


My friend who doesn’t eat dessert (crazy!) invited us to dinner. I like to bring dessert to her house to make sure we don’t skip an important course. πŸ™‚ Her husband loves apple crisp and she loves the Barefoot Contessa, so this was the perfect recipe.

I made one huge tart (for the dinner party) and two mini-tarts (for us to enjoy the next day). The topping was fabulous! This recipe was adapted from Barefoot Contessa Parties! Ideas and Recipes for Easy Parties That are Really Fun by Ina Garten. I used 2 1/2 pounds of McIntosh apples and 2 1/2 pounds of Cortland apples. Such a perfect autumn dessert- the house smelled wonderful while it baked too. We ate it warm with vanilla bean ice cream on the side.

Yield: Serves 10

For the Filling:

  • 5 pounds McIntosh or Macoun apples (I used 1/2 Cortland apples)
  • Grated zest of 1 naval orange
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 T freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg

For the Topping:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, diced


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9 x 14 x 2-inch oval baking dish. (I used cooking spray on a round 12 x 1 1/2-inch tart dish, and 2 mini pie dishes.)
  2. Peel, core, and cut the apples into large wedges. Combine the apples with the zests, juices, sugar, and spices. Pour into the dish(es). Β Β IMG_5568
  3. Make the Topping: Combine the flour, sugars, salt, oatmeal and cold butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until the mixture is crumbly and the butter is the size of peas. Scatter evenly over the apples.
  4. Place the crisp on a sheet pan and bake for one hour for the large pan and one half hour for the small pans. The top should be brown and the apples bubbly. Serve warm- with vanilla ice cream, if desired.


About Josette@thebrookcook

I live in Stony Brook, New York on Long Island. I love garlic and baking. My hobby (and love) is to try new recipes. My favorite recipe resources include The New York Times, Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, and Martha Stewart Living. Enjoy!

31 responses to “Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp

  1. I love apple crisp. That looks so good!

  2. I love this :). Will make soon. BTW, I like Ina Garten’s desserts.

  3. Midwestern Plant Girl

    I wished I had seen this yesterday! I just made apple pie from the apples I waited 7 years to grow in my backyard. Well, this was the first year edible apples we’re available. Normally, they are insect and disease ridden. Figures though.. the tree mostly blew over in a spring storm, so it will be cut down this winter. I think this crop was it’s swan song. You’ll see my post soon. Next pie, I will use this recipe.

  4. SP @ Third Culture Cooking

    This looks gorgeous! I bake a LOT (though you wouldn’t know it from my blog!) but have actually never made a crisp/crumble of any sort. Bookmarking this – I think it might have to be my first πŸ™‚

  5. Looks awesome! I think I will try this!!!

  6. With the fall weather coming, I have been thinking about baking with apples, this one is a must-try, thanks for sharing:)

  7. I love Apple crisp, I’ll have to try this recipe. Love making apple crisp when I just don’t have the energy to make a full Apple pie (crust and all!), the crumbly topping mmmmm.

  8. primarilyplantsblog

    Looks amazing!! I don’t understand people who don’t eat dessert, but more for me I guess?

  9. Jody Waldo

    Hi! Can you tell me whether you used quick-cooking oats (not instant), or old-fashioned oats?

  10. timothy snap massey

    Your recipes are genius! The pictures are amazing. I am excited to make this pie. This is a very exciting website.

    • Thank you so much. πŸ™‚ I NEED to make your Chicago style pizza. My husband & I are originally from Chicago & want to take our kids to visit & to eat their deep dish pizza!

      • timothy snap massey

        I am very excited about the pizza. Making a sauce so good made me happy. I used Pinterest to find the idea for sauce that I ate once.

  11. Apple crisps are one of my favorite desserts and your looks amazing! Thanks for stopping by my blog and checking it out!

  12. I have some steel cut oats on hand. Can I use them instead of rolled oats? Making today for the family. Looks so delicious.

  13. Isabella Reiss

    I made this for thanksgiving for some of my gluten sensitive family. I used coconut flour in topping, along with some gluten free granola. It made it too sweet. So next time I will use oats, as I think most oats are mostly gluten free! Loved it, the apples were delish with the addition of Ina’s ingredients❀️

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