Birthday Apple Crisp and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

January 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

I’ve got this great guy in my life. We like each other a lot. I mean, we’re married and all that too, but we genuinely enjoy each other’s company. He puts up with me opening car doors with my feet and I put up with his tendency to leave his shoes in the middle of the floor.

Today is his birthday. When I asked him what kind of dessert he wanted he responded with a shrug and “apple crisp?” Now, I know him, pie is his favorite and I reminded him of that. He responded by saying that since I don’t love pie he wanted crisp. That way everyone is happy. He’s awesome. Self-sacrificing even with dessert. He does most of the dishes, sweeps like a maniac and is generally awesome to have around.

So, in honor of my man, I made some apple crisp and vanilla bean ice cream. It’s a basic Philadelphia-style vanilla bean ice cream (no eggs/custard mix) from Davd Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop and Joy the Baker’s Man-Bait Apple Crisp (if it’s for a married man, is it baited-man apple crisp?). Enjoy!


  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup turbino sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1) In a small sauce pan stir 1 cup cream, sugar and salt together. Cut vanilla bean in half and scrape out seeds, but seeds and pod in the saucepan. Over low-medium heat stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove the pan from heat.

2) Pour this mixture into medium bowl. Stir in milk, additional cup of cream and vanilla extract. Chill in refrigerator. Make ice cream according to mixer instructions, freeze until ready to serve.

Apple Crisp


  • 10 medium sized apples (mix of Fuji and Granny Smith)
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 & 2/3 cup AP flour
  • 2 & 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup oats
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1) Grease a 9×13 pan. Preheat oven to 350.

2) Peel and chop all the apples into bite-sized pieces. A few peels left on, are a-okay. Put into greased pan. Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon onto apples and mix.

3) In a large bowl stir to combine flour, brown sugar, oats, nuts and cinnamon. Using your hands, add the butter to the dry ingredients. Work in until coarse meal is formed (sort of like wet sand). Mix 1 cup of this into the apples and stir well. Pour rest of topping onto the apples.

4) Bake for 55-60 minutes until topping is golden brown and apples are slightly bubbly. Let cool slightly. Scoop mixture into bowls, top with ice cream and serve. Enjoy!


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