I am not usually the most enthusiastic when it comes to desserts, but this time of year brings along with it one of my favorite sweets…apples! And no, I am not referring to the next generation iPhone mania that is sweeping the nation today. I am talking about natures candy…good old fashioned, sweet, delicious apples in all of their glorious varieties.
And as far as this girl is concerned, there isn’t a dessert that compares to a warm apple crisp in the fall, just as the weather brings a little chill to our bones. So, whatever type of apple you fancy, here is a wonderful, soul warming recipe to serve up to your loved ones and keep them warm and toasty!
Warm Apple Cranberry Crisp
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, chilled and diced, plus more for baking
- 6 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into large chunks
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries
- Juice and zest of 1 lemon
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 3/4 light brown sugar, packed
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Whipped cream or ice cream, for serving (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Butter a baking dish.
- In a large bowl, mix the apples with the cranberries, lemon zest, lemon juice, ½ cup sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix well to evenly coat the apples and pour into the buttered baking dish.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer*, combine the flour, remaining sugar, brown sugar, oatmeal, salt, and butter. Mix on low speed until the ingredients are incorporated and the butter is in pea-sized clumps. Scatter evenly over the apples.
- Bake for approximately 1 hour, until the top is brown and the apples are bubbly. Serve warm, with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.
- Note: If you don't have an electric mixer, you can mix the ingredients with your hands in a large bowl, quickly so as not to melt the butter. Also, try using individual baking dishes for a nice flourish if you are entertaining a crowd!