Apple Crisp in Pumpkin Shell
Apple Crisp in Pumpkin Shell

Apple Crisp in a Pumpkin Shell


November 21, 2016

Holiday desserts often involve pumpkin and/or apple. Why not combine the two by baking an apple pie inside a pumpkin shell? With a crunchy, crispy topping, this is a beautiful dessert that really highlights the flavors and decoration of the season.

  • Yields: 8-12


Topping Ingredients:

1 cup flour

2/3 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1/2 cup butter

1/2 chopped nuts (pecans, or walnuts)

Filling Ingredients:

1-2 small sugar or pie pumpkins or 4-6 mini pumpkins

2/3 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1/2 cup flour

5 cups peeled diced apples

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream



Prepare topping by stirring together flour, brown sugar and spice; cut butter into dry ingredients; stir in chopped nuts; set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice top from pumpkin(s) or cut around stem as for a jack-o-lantern. Scrape seeds and stringy fibers from inside pumpkin.

Prepare filling by tossing chopped apples with lemon juice. In a small bowl stir together brown sugar, salt, pumpkin pie spice and flour. Stir flour mixture into apple mixture. Fill pumpkin shells with apples, spoon approximately 1/4 to 1/3 the topping mixture over top of filled pumpkins. Place pumpkin on a shallow pan and bake 30-50 minutes (depending upon size of pumpkin) or until apples and pumpkin are fork tender.

While pumpkin is baking, spread remaining topping in a shallow pan and bake 10-15 minutes, stirring once or twice, until mixture is lightly browned and crumbly. Cool. (NOTE – you may bake the extra topping in the same oven as pumpkins)

To serve – Mini pumpkins may be served individually or cut in half and shared. Sugar or pie pumpkins may be cut in half and filling spooned into individual bowls (don’t forget to scoop out cooked pumpkin with the apples). Sprinkle servings with toasted topping, top with whipped cream or ice cream and garnish with grated nutmeg.


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