Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Ina Garten's Apple & Pear Crisp

I've loved the Food Network since it's early 90's debut.  Like any good East Ender with a passion for cooking, that means I adore the one and only Ina Garten, a.k.a. The Barefoot Contessa.

Shopping at the Montauk fish monger one year, I saw her filming a segment.  Ohhhhh did that tickle my fancy!  We watched two takes, where Ina "asked" about the difference between types of scallops for the benefit of us viewers, and then I obsessively DVR-ed until I saw "our" episode air. (See how I did that, I made something about Ina mine!). In the episode, she and Jeffrey enjoyed sandwiches on the Montauk docks, OUR Montauk dock, and I ate it up.

This years crisp CSA apples have been a favorite in my household, and the delivery of pears last week had me looking no further than Ina for a perfect fall dessert.

Apple & Pear Crisp    
Courtesy of Ina Garten & The Food Network

Ingredients (Base)
  • 2 pounds / 4 ripe pears
  • 2 pounds / 6 firm apples
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup of agave syrup or 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat or (white) all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
 Ingredients (Toppings)
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat or (white) all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of agave syrup or 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/4 pound (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, diced
    • Note: The recipe calls for 2 sticks, but I used one and was happy with the end result
  • Vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Peel, core, and cut the pears and apples into chunks. Place the fruit in a large bowl and mix in the zests, juices, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. 
    • Note: Out of nutmeg, I used ground ginger instead
  • Pour into a 9 by 12 by 2-inch baking dish.
  • For the topping: Combine the flour, sugars, salt, oatmeal, and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix on low speed for 1 minute, until the mixture is in large crumbles. If you don't have a mixer (like I don't at the Montauk house), mix and chop the ingredients together by hand with a knife until the butter breaks up. 
  • Sprinkle evenly over the fruit base, covering the fruit completely.
  • Place the dish on a sheet pan and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, until the top is brown and the fruit is bubbly. 
  • Serve warm topped with vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt.  

    This October is #AppleLove recipe month, led by The Spicy RD.  Check it out on Twitter with the hash tag or here!


    1. Looks delicious and glad you shared it. Feel free to "link up" to the other #applelove posts. You can find the link on my blog. I enjoy watching Ina too. How fun to see her filming!

    2. are you kidding? i want this in my tummy NOW!!!!!

    3. Yes, please link it up to #AppleLove!


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