Tuesday, November 03, 2009

TWD: Cran-Apple Crisp

Yea! I have a hard drive again. Mind you the old one is still AWOL, but I'm working on it. Actually I'm spending obscene amounts of money to have someone else work on it, but I digress. Back up your data, folks!

On to the food! This month, because of the holiday, we are allowed to move things around a bit. The four recipes can be made and presented in any order. The husband liked the sound of the crisp, so that one came up first.

I love a good crisp. There's the contrast of the textures and, in this one, the contrast of the tart cranberries and sweet apples. The apple chunks took on a bit of a rosy hue.

Crisps also scream "Fall!" to me. They are homey and the perfect dessert for a cool autumn evening. This one was easy to make. The topping came together in an instant in the food processor. The cranberries and apples were tossed with a few ingredients in a bowl and then poured into a baking dish. Dorie's original recipe calls for individual crisps, but I just went with one big one. I was all about the easy. I was very happy to find fresh cranberries in my grocery store. And they were on sale! This baked for about 50 minutes. My kitchen smelled amazing.

It came out looking really good. The crisp crust was a gorgeous golden brown. I could just bake this stuff up and eat it as is.

It was hard to let it cool before eating it. I added a scoop of good vanilla ice cream, and... WOW! This was very good. Very. Good. I hate coconut. There was coconut in the topping. I didn't even really notice it. It just added a "something." I would absolutely make this again. I don't think I'd change anything.

Thank you, Em of The Repressed Pastry Chef for picking such a winner! Go see Katya's blog, Second Dinner for the official recipe for this week.

13 comments:

Food.Baby said...

Looks delicious! I'll have to try again with the cranberries when I find them.

Clivia said...

I agree - crisp says Fall! Looks great. I can't wait to try it.

Romaine said...

This is the first crisp I've seen. You've made it look very tempting. Can't wait to make it myself.

chocolatechic said...

Gorgeous.

I made the cookies for this week.

Megan said...

Oh yeah - this does scream Fall! And I'm with you - I could just bake up the topping and eat it "as is".

Maybe that's not such a good idea.

SUGAR B said...

Yay! You are back in action!

Man, that crisp looks AWESOME! I can't wait to make some of that!

Pamela said...

Crisps are the perfect fall dessert, aren't they? Looks yummy, especially with the ice cream.

Susan said...

I am planning on making this for Thanksgiving dessert. Yours look delicious. I did the Chestnut cake...it's very good.

Ivette said...

I love the picture of the crisp with the ice cream! I wasn't able to cook for this week but this is my recipe for next week for sure! Great job!!

Cakelaw said...

Yummo - it looks delicious!

Kayte said...

Oh, yours looks so perfect, I can't wait to make this. Love, love, love the crispy topping you got from this. I think crisps are my favorites of all fruit desserts. You did a wonderful job with this, I think I will either do this or the bundt next week. I think I am planning on taking one week off for Thanksgiving, so hoping to avoid the chocolate thing by not making it on that week! You knew I would try something like that, right?

Tracey said...

I am so looking forward to the crisp! I love crisps and cranberries and apples are a great combination. Yours looks wonderful and I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it :)

Thanks for your email and for stopping by my site. My computer is out getting a new hard drive now. They may be able to migrate the data but they weren't 100% sure. I've definitely learned my lesson: backing up is important!!

TeaLady said...

Beautiful brown crust. Excited to make this next week.