You may or may not be sick of sweets about this time of the month, but I am going to share this dessert with you anyway, because it is SOO good! I am a lover of all things tart & sweet and this is a great combo of both of those things. And of course, cranberries are in abundance this time of year.
The best part of this dessert is the crisp on top. I think it’s my new favorite! I love the addition of the honey & the fact that it’s got less flour & more oats than my go-to streusel topping recipe. The cinnamon & allspice pair really well with the apples & cranberries too. Now, a lot of people like to use Granny Smith apples when they make pies or crisps, but I wanted a sweet apple to counter the tart cranberries. This time I used Cameo apples, but any sweeter apple will do: Braeburn, Fuji, Gala, etc. And whoever eats red or golden delicious apples is crazy, because they are gross! Sorry, just my random feelings about certain apples. Make this soon!!!
- 4 medium sweet apples (Cameo, Braeburn, Fuji, Gala, etc. peeled, cored & thinly sliced (about 3 1/2 to 4 cups worth of apples))
- 2 cups fresh cranberries, rinsed
- 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 mandarin orange, zest & juice (can substitute a small lemon or half of a regular orange)
- 1 1/4 cups oats
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 6 Tbsp butter, unsalted, room temperature
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Place peeled, cored, & thinly sliced apples into a large bowl. Add the rinsed cranberries, white sugar, and the zest & juice of one mandarin orange. Toss to coat all the fruit evenly & set aside.
- Prepare crisp by combining the oats, flour, cinnamon, allspice, brown sugar, honey, butter & salt in a bowl. Crumble with a fork or pastry blender until small chunks are formed.
- Place fruit & juices into a greased 8x8" square glass baking dish or ramekins. Top with crumble. Bake at 350*F for 35-40 minutes or until bubbling on the sides and in the center, & the apples are fork tender. Allow to rest for 5 minutes to absorb juices before serving. Top with freshly made sweetened whipped cream (1 cup heavy cream with ¼ cup powdered sugar & a splash of vanilla) or vanilla bean ice cream.