Cranberry Apple Christmas Crisp


See? Beautiful combo

Cranberries don’t get paired up with apples nearly often enough. They go great together and every year for Thanksgiving or Christmas, or often both, I make a simple, slightly sweet dish of baked cranberries and apples with a crumb topping. The bonus—this is a side dish so it is a bit like cheating and eating dessert with dinner. This recipe has evolved as my cooking skill and interest in whole food has evolved. It started out as throwing a can of apple pie filling and a can of whole cranberry sauce into a baking dish and topping with a crumb topping (probably a mix–Not kidding!) but now I use fresh ingredients. It is good however you do it.


2 cups fresh cranberries

3-4 baking apples peeled and sliced

1/2 to 1 cup sugar (to taste- I try to use as little as possible but for me at least the cranberries need some sweetener)

2 Tblsp. water.

Mix together in a bowl and pour into a 2 quart casserole dish.

For a traditional crumb topping:

3/4 cup uncooked rolled oats

1/4 cup flour

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 up chopped pecans

1/4 pound melted butter

Mix together and pour over fruit

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes and serve as a side dish.


This dish was empty a few minutes later

I’m a huge cranberry fan. This sounds heavenly. If only you had a New Year’s Eve party to bring this dish to. Ahem.

I think what Charlie is trying to say is that you should make this and bring it to the NYE party. I only mention this because I would like that as well, please, especially if you use gluten free oats. =D


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