Cranberry Apple Crisp

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Introduction: Cranberry Apple Crisp

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Our default autumn dessert is just about the best thing ever, and dead easy.

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Step 1: Assemble Fruit

Fill a 9x13 pan with the following:

1 bag cranberries, rinsed and picked over
apples, chopped, enough to fill the pan
ginger, grated
2T sugar
pinch of salt
1 lemon, juiced
spices of your choice (cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, etc.)

Mix fruit and seasonings together and dump into the baking pan.

Step 2: Prepare Topping

I use my KitchenAid mixer for this, but you can use a wooden spoon if you like. It builds strong arm muscles as well as character. Note that all measurements are approximate; I usually work by the highly technical "dump and taste" method.

Ingredients:
2 sticks butter
~2/3c brown sugar
vanilla
teaspoon chocolate mocha cocoa powder (optional)
tablespoon peanut butter (optional)
spices (allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, garam masala, etc)
nuts (almonds, pecans, macadamias, peanuts, coconut, etc)
~1/2c rolled oats
~1 1/2c flour

Cream the butter and sugar, then mix in the flavoring agents and nuts. Stir in the oats, then add flour until the mixture forms a thick, crumbly mass.

Step 3: Add Topping and Bake

Crumble the topping over the fruit, making sure the entire surface si reasonably covered. Don't pack it too thickly- you want air and liquid to be able to bubble up and escape during the cooking process.

Bake at 350F until golden brown on top.

Step 4: Serve

When the topping is golden brown and the fruit juices are bubbling around the edges, remove the pan and let it sit and coagulate for a few minutes.

I think crisps and crumbles are best served warm with vanilla ice cream, but they also do well cold for breakfast the next morning if you can squirrel some away.

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    31 Discussions

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    clunymph
    clunymph

    9 years ago on Step 2

    i looked this up as i've enjoyed your fruit crisps. anyway, a pastry blender & fingers worked just fine for this. fast & good!

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    cali_mrtnz
    cali_mrtnz

    11 years ago on Introduction

    mmmm... my mouth is watering just thinking of making this. perfect for Thanksgiving dessert. :D recipes are fine and dandy in my book

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    morCadillac
    morCadillac

    12 years ago on Step 4

    Hmmm...yummmyyyy! I bet there's not much left for breakfast ;) I love apple-cinnamon combinations and I LOOOOOVE crumbles! Wondering if it would work with cranberries from a jar.. (preserved fruits in a jar) Otherwise perhaps with raisins? But I wouldn't really want to change the basic recipe. Loves, Eda

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    canida
    canida

    Reply 12 years ago on Step 4

    Dried cranberries are usually sweetened, so you'd need to compensate by adding more lemon juice and less sugar. Likewise, raisins are pretty sweet on their own. I like the pop of sour flavor fresh cranberries give; rhubarb gives a similar flavor, but cooks down into mush. We swap other fruits in and out of the mix, depending on what's at hand. Definitely try them out and share your favorites!

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    Dragontrap
    Dragontrap

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Although if you dry your own cranberries, then you wouldn't have to worry about the extra sugar problem

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    butcher99
    butcher99

    12 years ago on Introduction

    The difference with these recipes is that they are for the most part recipes that can be whipped up by none gourmet cooks. A little to simple for me, not that I am a gourmet cook, but I would say they basically follow the instructable theme. Now, I have a recipe for brined pork that takes 2 days and 2 lists of ingredients. I would never consider posting it here because it just does not fit. However, my recipe for food processor chocolate mousse might. jim

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    BanditGuy
    BanditGuy

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    still waiting for that chocolate mousse instructable... ;)

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    icantcount124
    icantcount124

    12 years ago on Introduction

    This is my second year making this, I just love this recipe. You did a really good job on it. :)

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    whitish
    whitish

    12 years ago on Introduction

    wouldn't it be better if you skinned the apples first? or does the skin just kind of blend in ounce you have cooked it.

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    canida
    canida

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    If your apples have thick and/or bitter skin then certainly peel them- mine had thin, tasty skins so they do just sort of mush with the rest of it. I'm lazy, so if I can avoid peeling so much the better.

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    tyeo098
    tyeo098

    13 years ago

    Please no more recipies!!! Last time I checked this wasn't a cookbook... Unless its like, how to make ice cream using a blender made from a frog, toilet, and hamster cage. Please!

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    Vendigroth
    Vendigroth

    Reply 13 years ago

    if you want, i'll post something INVOLVING a frog, toilet and hamster cage

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    Tatisimo
    Tatisimo

    Reply 13 years ago

    That sounds like an interesting recipe! P.S. There aren't enough recipes at instructables :-)

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    canida
    canida

    Reply 13 years ago

    *grin* We're waiting...

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    MattWinb
    MattWinb

    Reply 13 years ago

    Actually, I only browse here for the recipes. I'd love to see more of candida's contributions, and less of these geeky assed "How to create a self replicating/flagellating solenoid from a Bicycle reflector, 9 volt battery, ribbon cable, soldering gun, and a .8mm microprocessor from an Apple IIa" crap. It's called Instructables, not "Allow me to flex my ability to perform some task that would get a high schooler beaten up".

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    westfw
    westfw

    Reply 13 years ago

    One of the groups IS a cookbook project, in fact. And there's a thanksgiving contest on as well... Feel free to submit other projects that will lower ther percentage of cooking projects. But right now I think the cooking projects are amoung the more interesting ones posted...

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    nightmaresyndrome
    nightmaresyndrome

    13 years ago

    My mother makes a variant of this...it has bananas in it. SOoooooOoOo tasty!

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    canida
    canida

    Reply 13 years ago

    Really? Yum. I've never had a banana-based crisp; what else is in it?