Cranberry-Apple Crisp

November 4th, 2010
I am continuing my countdown to Thanksgiving recipe posts.  My very favorite pie for Thanksgiving is pumpkin pie.  I even make an extra one so that I can have it for breakfast for a whole week.  But if you want something a little different or you are stressed out from all of the cooking, this is the dessert for you.  It is simple to throw together with no crust to worry about and it has the sweet and tangy flavor combination of cranberries and apples.  Add a dollop of ice cream and it is the perfect ending to the Thanksgiving feast.

Just toss chopped apples and cranberries together in a deep dish pie plate.  Add sugar and flour and then a topping of oatmeal, brown sugar, flour, nuts and butter and bake it until the top is crispy and the fruit is bubbling.  It couldn’t be simpler.

To digress a moment – It would have been easier to present these Thanksgiving recipes in order; ie, Appetizers, Soup, Entree, Vegetables, Salad and Desserts but there is a reason for my haphazard postings.  We are leaving for Florida in less than a week and I am trying to use up what I have in the pantry and fridge.  I used part of a bag of cranberries for the previous recipe and needed to finish it up, plus I had apples and oatmeal that were just enough for this crisp.  As another aside, are you ever surprised by the number of condiments that you collect in the door shelves of your refrigerator?   I sometimes buy things like tahini or anchovy paste and then forget all about them.  Note to self:  Keep better track of what you have.

Cold weather has descended on us and we have had the gas logs burning in the living room.  This weekend we will build a fire in the kitchen fireplace and enjoy warm bowls of this comfy crisp.


3 cups apples, peeled and cut into bite size pieces (About 2 large)
2 cups whole fresh cranberries, rinsed and picked over
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/1/2 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup walnut pieces
1 stick butter, melted

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.  In a large bowl place apples, cranberries, sugar and 2 tablespoons flour and mix together well.  Place in a deep dish 9″ pie plate.  In a medium bowl mix brown sugar, oats, flour, walnuts and melted butter.  Mix to combine.  Put topping on top of apple mixture.  Bake uncovered until bubbly and lightly browned, about 1 hour.  Serve warm with ice cream.  8 to 10 servings.

10 responses to “Cranberry-Apple Crisp”

  1. I really love how simple this is to put together, Penny. Thanks!


  2. Susan says:

    Very nice and tasty, I am sure.

  3. I love the ease of this crisp too Penny. Sometimes I just don’t feel like making a pie. This would be perfect for those times.

    Cleaning out the refrig is not one of my favorite chores. Have a safe drive to Florida.

  4. Donnie says:

    It’s just the right weather for this type of dessert. It looks so good.

  5. This looks like another great recipe, Penny. We sure did love the apple cake recipe and I have passed it on to so many of my friends. This crisp will be delicious too. I love anything with cranberries. Thanks for sharing. I know you are excited to be going to Florida. Love & blessings from NC!

  6. Pondside says:

    I love any dessert that has the word “crisp” in it. We’ve had our chimney inspected and re-certified after the fire, so we’ll be having a cosy blaze this evening.

  7. Barbara says:

    I’ve got a couple bags of cranberries in the fridge…this would be a great dessert. Easy, tasty and with some ice cream? YUM!
    Have a safe trip down!

  8. katiez says:

    I made a cranberry clafouti last year…. If I find them this year I’ll make little individual crisps!

  9. Katrina V. says:

    This looks so easy — I like desserts like that that don’t have a real crust but still have a crunch.

  10. Robin Sue says:

    Sometimes I do prefer a crisp over a pie, something about that oatmeal /brown sugar topping that I love, especially all warm!

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