Happy Fall, everybody! Autumn has officially arrived, and I couldn’t be more excited! How about you? What’s your favorite thing(s!) about Fall? Me? Oh, I love it all! The crunch of leaves as I step on them, the way they swirl as a passing car lifts them from the pavement. The amazing colors the leaves turn, every year is different for the vibrancy they display! I could go on and on about everything I love about this season! Hands down, the ultimate thing I adore is all the yummies that fall baking brings! The house smells fantastic, it’s finally cool enough to crank the oven up, and at least a few times a month, you’ll find a pan of Apple & Candied Ginger Crisp on our kitchen counter!
Jeff & I sometimes enjoy it for breakfast as well! What?!? There’s fruit, oats, and walnuts! I deem it perfectly acceptable breakfast fare! Paired with a steaming cup of cinnamon tea or coffee, it’s my idea of the perfect way to start the day!
There’s a funny story about how I created this photo above! If you want to read about it, I shared it over on Instagram this week. All I have to say is, “Thank you, my sweet Jeff!”
Time for me to get serious here!
Let’s talk about this Apple & Candied Ginger Crisp! If you are new to baking or don’t have a ton of time to dedicate to a recipe, you’ll want to print this one off and keep it handy! It couldn’t be a simpler foray into baking! There’s no pastry crust to make, no cookie dough to be chilled and sliced! The crisp topping is created by pinching room temperature butter into the flour mixture until moist crumbs form! It’s essentially an oatmeal cookie crumble topping for the apples! If you are unfamiliar with candied ginger, it’s pictured in the top left of the above photo. You’ll find it in slices like above or already diced. Either style is suitable! It adds a sweet and spicy note to the recipe! It’s fabulous added to chocolate chip cookies, as well!
Have you tried my recipe for Cozy Spiced Apple Cider , yet?
If you haven’t, it’s a must-make for these crisp days of autumn. A splash or two added to the apple mixture before baking adds a lovely tang and spice to it! Regular apple cider will be delish, too!
Are you a fan of ice cream on fruit desserts? Honestly, it’s the only way I’ll eat a fruit-based dessert! My ice cream of choice is typically vanilla! But, in the fall months, I always love a good scoop of pumpkin or cinnamon ice cream on this as well! What’s your favorite flavor? Remember, in “When Harry Met Sally,” Sally orders apple pie with strawberry ice cream? I’m curious about what ice cream you would be pair with this recipe? My tastebuds don’t want to miss out on a flavor combo I may have overlooked!
Here’s a list of baking apples that you may want to try for Apple & Candied Ginger Crisp!
- Macintosh~ They are my apple of choice, simply for nostalgic reasons. It’s the variety my mother always baked with, and I continue with it. I love their tart, tangy, slightly sweet flavor profile! They do get quite soft during the baking process!
- Honeycrisp~ robust and juicy with a sweet taste!
- Zestar~complex and sweet flavor!
- Jonathon~a firm apple with a touch of tartness!
- Gravenstein~ have a sweet/tart flavor with a hint of honey!
- Braeburn~ Crisp and tangy with a hint of spice!
- Gala~ Sweet and aromatic!
And if you are looking for more recipes to try during this season of cozy check these out!
- Plum Streusel Coffee Cake
- Gingersnap Streusel Pumpkin Scones with Lemon Glaze
- Smoky Pumpkin Magic Bars
- Brown Butter and Cinnamon Latte
- Apple Spice Streusel Muffins~ As I compile this list, my love for streusel is becoming glaringly obvious!😂
- Pumpkin Spice Granola
- And a few recipes to balance out all the sweets!~ Instant Pot Mac & Cheese with Pretzel Bacon
- Beef & Bacon Chili
- The Best Broccoli Cheese Soup~ It really is the best!
Happy Fall to you, my sweet friends! I hope this new season brings a bounty of blessings to you and your family! Eat, Love, Bake!😘
Apple & Candied Ginger Crisp! Sweet, spicy, chewy bits of candied ginger packs some serious oomph into this classic fall dessert! It has the perfect ratio of crisp topping to fruit filling! Happy Fall baking, everybody!
For the Crisp Topping:
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons regular rolled oats
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
For the Apple Filling:
7 large apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/3 cup minced candied ginger
splash of Cozy Spiced Apple Cider or regular apple cider
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly butter a 2-Quart casserole dish or baking pan. Set aside.
- To assemble the crisp topping:
- Combine the flour, sugars, oats, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add the butter, using your fingertips pinch the butter into the flour mixture until coarse, moist crumbs form. Drizzle the vanilla extract over the top and pinch to combine. Add the walnuts and toss them with the flour mixture until evenly distributed. Place in the fridge while you assemble the apple mixture.
- For the Apple Mixture:
- Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Pour into the prepared baking pan. Top with the crisp mixture—Bake for 40-50 minutes. The crisp will be golden brown, and the apple mixture will be bubbling around the edges when done. Remove from the oven and enjoy hot or at room temperature, but always with a giant scoop of vanilla or pumpkin ice cream!
- My favorite apples for this crisp are Macintosh. That’s what my mom always used, and I’ve continued with the tradition! Any type of baking apple is suitable.
- If you have leftover Cozy Spiced Apple Cider, it’s lovely added to the fruit mixture. Regular cider works, too. Or, you can leave it out altogether. I like the added moisture and flavor it adds!
- Candied Ginger is typically found either in the baking aisle or may be found in the section that is for bulk tubs of nuts, seeds, dried fruits, etc.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 50 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: apple crisp, apple candied ginger crisp, fruit crisp, fall dessert, fruit dessert, baked fruit dessert, fall baking