In October I received Melissa's blog Fried Ice and Donut Holes as my Secret Recipe Club assignment, and printed about 6 pages of recipes from her site! I shared her delicious Potato and Corn Chowder on reveal day, but had many more recipes I still wanted to give a try later. This yummy apple crisp is one of them! Melissa's version calls for frozen cranberries, but I had some dried cranberry / cherries in the freezer and decided to use those instead. It was delicious! Melissa's recipe called for 6 empire apples - I guess those must be a lot smaller than the ones I used, because I used 6 apples (half granny smith, half gala) and I needed a 9x13 pan to fit them in, so that's how I've written the recipe below. This is a wonderful fall dessert, and I really liked combining the firmer granny smiths with the softer gala apples - I had some tender but in tact pieces of apple alongside soft, mushier pieces of gooey apple. It was a great combination to me. Adjust the apples you use based on your textural preference! The topping mixture was perfect too - a little crumbly, but soft and almost pie crust like in some spots. Delicious dessert - and as with most fruity crisps / crumbles you can tweak the filling ingredients based on what you have and prefer to use. I'm sure this would be fantastic with peaches or pears too!
Apple-Cherry Crisp adapted from Fried Ice and Donut Holes
6 large apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1/2 cup dried cranberry / cherry blend
2 TBS lemon juice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
4 TBS light brown sugar
1 cup rolled oats
4 TBS light brown sugar
2 TBS flour
6 TBS butter
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
- In a medium bowl, combine the oats, 4 tablespoons of the brown sugar, and the flour. With either a fork or your fingers, blend in the butter until crumbly.
- In a large bowl, combine the thinly sliced apples apples, cranberries / cherries, the remaining 4 tablespoons of brown sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Toss gently to combine.
- Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and then spoon the apple mixture in. Evenly distribute the topping mixture over the apples.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 35-40 minutes, or until the filling is bubbling and the top is golden brown.
- Enjoy warm with whipped cream or ice cream, or allow to cool to room temperature.