Cold Comfort Ice Cream: Creative Ice Cream Recipes from Snowy New England

Apple Crisp Ice Cream

Posted on: October 17, 2009

The marriage of two awesome desserts!

The marriage of two awesome desserts!


I know, I know, another apple ice cream.  After the postings about the Buttermilk Custard Apple Ice Cream and the Roasted Apple Calvados Ice Cream, do you really need another ice cream with apples in it? Well, the answer is a most emphatic yes!  And for supporting evidence I submit to you this photo:


The appeal should be obvious.

The appeal should be obvious.


While I do love to keep things seasonal with my ice cream, this combination is a no brainer and is delicious really at any time of year. It’s the combination of two of my favorite desserts and a natural extension of apple crisp a la mode. And depending on what kind of fruit is in season, you can make all kinds of delicious substititions for the apples. The middle of July? Substitute peaches. Spring has sprung? Rhubarb would be a scrumptious alternative. No matter how you whip it up, this adaptable ice cream is really the best of both worlds.


The importance of crust pieces.

On the importance of crust pieces.


Apple Crisp Ice Cream is hardly a new flavor, but what I think sets my flavor apart is the insertion of crumbly, buttery homemade crisp crust streusel pieces. Every time I see this flavor at ice cream stands I’m filled with wild hope that perhaps, this time, the advertised apple crisp ice cream will be dotted with large chunks of crust pieces. But alas, my heart is so often broken. In my mind, to not include crust or streusel topping pieces is just plain false advertising. How can it possibly be apple crisp without the “crisp”? I guess it’s true that when you want something done right you have to do it yourself and ice cream is no exception.


Crumbly good!

Crumbly good!

 I know that everyone has a favorite apple crisp recipe, so you can insert any crisp topping you want for this recipe. Just make the topping of the crisp, and pop it in the oven sans apple filling. If you are looking for a good recipe, I would definitely point you in the direction of the Barefoot Contessa/Ina Garten. Her crisp recipes, like pretty much everything else she makes, are delicious and foolproof.





This flavor is really a classic that you have to try. As delicious as homemade ice cream and apple crisp are separately, together they somehow become more than the sum of their parts. You get the cool, sweet cream flavor and then the oaty, buttery crunch of the streusel and then a burst of fresh fruit flavor from the cinnamon apples. Basically it’s the very best apple crisp a la mode you’ve ever tasted. And another fantastic flavor for fall!

Apple Crisp Ice Cream



 2/3 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 ½ cups whole milk

1 ½ cups heavy cream, preferably unhomogenized

Streusel/Crisp Topping (recipe follows)

Cinnamon Apples (recipe follows


1.)    Whisk eggs together in a large bowl for a few minutes. Then, gradually add the sugar to the eggs, all the while whisking. Add the milk and cream and whisk until well mixed. Pour into ice cream machine and churn according to manufacturer’s instructions. When ice cream is finished churning, fold in the crumbled streusel topping and cinnamon apples.


Crisp/Streusel Pieces

Adapted from Ina Garten’s Peach and Raspberry Crisp Recipe


1 ½ cups flour

1 cup granulated sugar

½ cup brown sugar

¼ teaspoons Salt

½ lb. cold unsalted butter, diced

Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, salt, oatmeal, and the cold, diced butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until the butter is pea-sized and the mixture is crumbly. Bake for until the top is browned and crisp and golden. Let cool and then crumble and refrigerate.  


To make Cinnamon-Apples, large dice, peel and core 2 apples, then add them to a medium skillet over medium heat with a pat of butter. Sautee until fully cooked and starting to brown, then take off the heat and add a sprinkling of sugar and cinnamon to taste. Cool completely.


Make it a Sundae! – This ice cream would taste unbelievably good with a caramel or butterscotch sauce drizzled over it. You could even add some cinnamon and toasted walnuts to the sauce to really compliment the flavors of the ice cream. Reduced maple syrup and toasted walnuts, aka wet walnut sauce would be an equally delicious option. Just remember, it’s not a sundae without the whipped cream!


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