Thursday, October 28, 2010

Cranberry Apple Crisp

Yes, I've done a few cranberry dessert posts lately. That would be due to the Costco-sized bag of cranberries sitting in my refrigerator. I just felt compelled to make cranberry flavored treats. But, this is the last cranberry concoction because they are now happily tucked away in the freezer so they can be pulled out come turkey day.
Crisps of any kind are so simple and quick to make. Take your favorite fruit (in season is best) and toss it with a little flour, sugar and spices (or citrus). Pour it into a pan...
 Top with a golden layer of oats, brown sugar, pecans (opt.) and butter.
Bake until golden brown - Let cool slightly - Top with vanilla bean ice cream - Devour

Cranberry Apple Crisp
Source: Taste of Home
3 cups chopped peeled tart apples
2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Combine apples, cranberries, sugar and flour. Pour into a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish. In a bowl, mix topping ingredients until crumbly; sprinkle over apple mixture. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until fruit is tender. Yield: 6-8 servings.

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My Notes:
I roughly chopped the cranberries in a food processor. I also added a little vanilla to the filling.

For the crust, I added cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg and allspice. I think spices go really well in a dessert like this.

Blueberry-Pear, Cherry Almond, Peach, Triple berry (raspberry, blueberry and blackberry)...would all be delicious fruit to use too!

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