Chai Apple Crisp

Fall is officially here in New England and I love it. It’s my favorite time of year! The leaves are changing, the air is cooling, and it’s time to enjoy all things toasty and spicy. Which brings me to a staple around my house in the fall: Apple Crisp. Is there anything more delicious than crisp apples baked into warm, sugary goodness? (No. The answer is no there is not.)

My go-to apple crip recipe comes from Food Network star, Ina Garten. The woman can cook. I’ve made every fall for a couple years now, and when I saw the piles of local apples in the market yesterday, I knew it was time to make it again. Only this year, I changed it up. Just a little. But that change was SO WORTH IT.

What did I do? I added chai to it! It was a no-brainer, really. Chai is the perfect mix of spices to go with apple crisp. I was excited while it was baking. The delicious smell was even better than usual, and that first bite? Heaven. I promise you, you won’t regret making this apple crisp for one minute.

Chai Apple Crisp
Adapted from Ina Garten’s Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp


  • 5 pounds McIntosh or Macoun apples
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 teaspoons Spiced Chai mix

For the topping:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 pound cold unsalted butter, diced


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 by 14 by 2-inch oval baking dish.

Peel, core, and cut the apples into large wedges. Combine the apples with the zests, juices, sugar, chai and spices. Pour into the dish.

To 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.

Place the crisp on a sheet pan and bake for 1 hour until the top is brown and the apples are bubbly. Serve warm.

By Molly


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One Comment on “Chai Apple Crisp”

  1. October 3, 2011 at 2:47 PM #

    This is a really great idea! Sounds absolutely deeeeelish.

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