Recipes that are simple and quick can inspire you to spend more time in your kitchen, especially when they produce scrumptious results. For your holiday table this year, consider baking this easy Apple Cranberry Crisp recipe instead of opening a can of store bought cranberries. It doesn't require a large number of ingredients and your guests will be pleasantly surprised when you serve cranberries in the form of this sweet treat.
5 cups of your favorite apples, peeled and thinly sliced
1 cup freshly packaged cranberries
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or you can use the same measurement of apple pie spice
1/2 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or apple pie spice for your second step
2 tablespoons butter
First, preheat your oven to 375 degrees and using a 2-quart baking dish, combine cranberries and apples. In a separate bowl, mix together the sugar along with the 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice or cinnamon. Lightly sprinkle this mixture over your apple and cranberry combination covering all of the fruit.
Next, using a small bowl, mix together oats, packed brown sugar, flour and the additional 1/2 teaspoon of the apple pie spice or ground cinnamon. Add the butter into the dry ingredients and with your pastry cutter rock the device back and forth while lifting slightly to create your crumbly consistency. If you don't have a pastry cutter, then a fork can be used to smash the butter into the dry ingredients creating the same crumbly mixture. Sprinkle this combination over the fruit and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. The apples should be tender. However, depending on your elevation and oven it could take a little longer, so check your apples for firmness before serving.
This dish is a treat for the taste buds when served plain, but if you top the finished product with a spiced whipping cream, you will have created a rich tasty dessert.
1 cup chilled heavy cream
1 tablespoon powder sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Whip cream, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg with your hand mixer on medium-low until foamy, or for about 30 seconds. Increase the mixing speed to medium-high until the cream stiffens. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve your crisp.
This Cranberry Apple Crisp recipe is sure to become part of your holiday traditions. Also, you can vary the recipe by adding crunchy chopped pecans into the crumbly mixture and this will crisp the topping even more.
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