The winter holiday season is always a great time for food and beverages. It’s one of the few times during the cold months where we indulge in making and consuming decadent foods. With each passing year, I try to make desserts that are less time-consuming and more affordable. The less time you spend in the kitchen, the more time you can spend with others. Compared to making homemade pies, I find fruit crisps to be easier and quicker.
This is a recipe I adapted from Canadian Living. Any type of apple will work with this recipe; however, I recommend using apples such as Honey Crisp, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, or Fuji.
Easy Apple-Cranberry Crisp
3/4 cups brown sugar
3/4 cups rolled oats
3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter melted
4 cups peeled apples, chopped or sliced
1/4 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
3/4 cups chopped walnuts or pecans or crushed almonds
Zest of 1 orange (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×8 baking dish. In a bowl, combine brown sugar, oats, flour, and butter. Mix until it has the consistency of bread crumbs. In another bowl mix the apples, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cranberries, zest, and nuts. Mix until well-coated. Place half of the crumb mixture in the baking dish. Then evenly spread the coated apples/cranberry mixture over the crumb mixture. Then cover with the remaining crumb mixture. Bake 40-45 minutes, until golden brown.
Yovella is a former resident of McCauley who still works and volunteers in the area.