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We love everything about Thanksgiving. Well, almost everything. We’d be lying if we said we enjoyed the seemingly hours-long process of doing the dishes after dinner, and spending hours brooding over the turkey (is the skin crispy? Are the thighs cooked?) life. Another task we usually dread? Roll out the pie crust for dessert. It somehow never turns out right, and even if it does, much of our kitchen counter gets cluttered in an age where space is at a premium. So why not take a page out of Ina Garten’s book this year and make a dessert that doesn’t require that premium rolling pin space, but is still packed with your favorite Thanksgiving dessert flavors? According to the star on Instagram, “For Thanksgiving, there’s nothing quite as comforting as an old-fashioned apple crisp still hot out of the oven,” and after reading her recipe, we’d have to agree.
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Before we get into the nitty gritty, we should also mention that this apple crisp dessert recipe can be started in the morning, before guests arrive, and popped into the oven later in the day, as soon as there’s room for it. That alone can prevent a lot of stress. You can even pop it in the oven once the turkey and sides are out while you’re eating—the smell of warm apple chips will fill your home, keeping everyone’s appetite lingering after a serving of meat and taters.
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Garten uses five pounds of apples in her crunchy recipe, and they’re flavored with orange and lemon zest and juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. However, feel free to play with it. A splash of orange blossom water can help really bring out those citrusy, floral flavors, or you can add some cardamom and cloves if you’re craving more holiday spice. And while Garten’s recipe doesn’t call for it (which we can hardly believe), a splash of “good vanilla,” like Garten’s favorite Nielsen-Massey vanilla, would go a long way.
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The topping is pretty standard, a mixture of sweetened butter, sugar, flour and oats. Once you have put the apple mixture in an oval baking dish, sprinkle the crumble on top and bake for an hour.
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Ina Garten’s apple chip recipe is so much easier than making a pie from scratch, but it yields the same classic apple flavors we associate with Thanksgiving. Serve with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or icing sugar and your guests will go to bed with a happy tummy and a smile on their face.
Before you go, check out these Ina Garten-approved holiday gift ideas:
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