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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

twd: cran-apple crisps

Despite my unparalleled love for all things cake-ey (tall layer cakes, cupcakes, babycakes), there's something alluring about fruit desserts. They seem somehow more wholesome. Virtuous, even. Unassailably nutritious...or at least that's what I tell myself, especially when said fruit desserts feature cooked apples, which I can no longer eat raw due to allergies. 

Last Wednesday night, I decided on a whim to make the crisp. The topping blended together in less than five minutes. I snagged a few apples from my mom's stockpile—an assortment of Ida Red and Jonathans. I removed a bag of Wisconsin cranberries, a treat from G's mom, from my freezer. I mixed together the fruit in the buttered pie plate, added the topping, and baked the crisp.  

I love the tartness of the cranberries, the mellowness of the apples (oh, how i've missed you!), and the tangy sweetness of the dried cranberries blanketed in crunchy, spicy topping. I might play around with the amount of butter next time, and not use all the topping, in order to truly feel virtuous eating this dessert. 

Thank you, Em, of The Repressed Pastry Chef, for selecting such a seasonally appropriate recipe for the TWD bakers! Check out her blog for the recipe. 

9 comments:

  1. Glad you found a great way to eat the apples. It was quite good, wasn't it. And the cranberries added just the right touch.

    Love the pic - lots of goodness easy to see.

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  2. Your close up shot of the crisp is making me want some now! Im glad you enjoyed this recipe. Im making this next week and I can't wait!

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  3. I made this this week too, thought it was fabulous!

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  4. Looks fantastic! A dessert with fruit is at least kind of healthy, right? I decreased the butter a little bit and the topping was great.

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  5. glad you were able to enjoy apples again. Looks good!

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  6. That photo is extremely inviting. Wish I had more crisp right now...

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  7. Your crisp looks delicious! I am making this one next week. Reading everyone's comments makes me wished I had made it sooner. Waiting is hard!! :)

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  8. Hold still, turn a little to the right. There. I see it now: your halo! Nothing like a fruit crisp to bring out the virtue!! I agree that there was more than enough topping to go around, and with all that fruity goodness, cutting back a little probably wouldn't be noticed.

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  9. Lovely photo! I'm glad you found a way to still enjoy apples.

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