TWD: Cran-Apple Crisps

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

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In an attempt to make November a little less frazzled for us, our fearless leaders at TWD are allowing us to present our weekly recipes out of order.  This works for me as this week’s recipe is Dorie’s Chocolate Caramel Chestnut Cake.  Not only is this cake rather labor-intensive to make, but it calls for chestnuts, which I detest.  I suppose I could have used a different kind of nut, but frankly, I just didn’t have the energy this week.  My shoulder is still frozen from making all those macarons and fillings for the DB challenge last week, and I couldn’t bear the thought of any more mixing and stirring, for a while at least!  Instead, I decided to make Dorie’s more shoulder-friendly Cran-Apple Crisps. 

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These crisps were a snap to put together and are absolutely delicious!  The recipe is also quite forgiving.  I made them last night at around 10:00 pm, which because of the time change here, was 11:00 on my body clock.  In my fatigue-induced stupor, I made several errors.  First of all, instead of adding cinnamon to the crisp topping, I accidentally added ground cardamom.  To my foggy eyes, both spice jars looked the same.   I also forgot to butter the ramekins before filling them.   Then, I baked them at 350 degrees F. instead of 375, as the recipe directed.  After about thirty minutes, I realized what I had done and turned up the heat in my oven.  I was certain that I was going to end up with a sticky, burnt mess, but I didn’t.  Despite all my goofs, the crisps turned out just fine.  The topping was crunchy and golden and the filling was the perfect balance of sweet-tart  fruitiness with a thick, syrupy texture.

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For my crisps, I used Honeycrisp and Fuji apples, fresh cranberries and plump, sweet, dried Bing cherries.  I had never baked with fresh cranberries before and I was a bit skeptical.  I needn’t have worried.  While the cranberries were quite tart, the tartness was nicely offset by the sweetness of the apples and cherries.  For not a whole lot of work, the payoff was great.  This really is a lovely dessert that would certainly be worthy of a place at any holiday table!

My thanks go out to Em of The Repressed Pastry Chef for choosing this recipe. She will eventually have the recipe posted on her site.  But, if you can’t wait to try these Cran-Apple Crisps, you can also find the recipe in Baking: From My Home to Yours on page 422.

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41 responses to TWD: Cran-Apple Crisps

  1. On November 03, 2009 at 11:28am, Megyn said...

    mmmmm…..food(in the voice of homer simpson)

  2. On November 03, 2009 at 11:53am, MadZak said...

    Wow that sure does look delicious! I’ll have to break this out for an upcoming party. You think throwing some dried apricots in there would add to the flavor given how well they go with apples and cranberries? I have a few left over from my stuffing mix.

    • On November 03, 2009 at 11:56am, Susan said...

      Absolutely! I think that dried apricots are even listed as an option in the cookbook. :)

  3. On November 03, 2009 at 12:28pm, Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said...

    I am making ours today, just went and bought vanilla bean ice cream for it! I love the cherries in it, yum! Did you use the coconut in the topping? I’m still debating it. It looks great!

    • On November 03, 2009 at 2:46pm, Susan said...

      I did add the coconut, and really liked it.

  4. On November 03, 2009 at 1:15pm, The Duo Dishes said...

    Fresh cranberries are awesome. They have a nice bite to them. Great dessert.

  5. On November 03, 2009 at 1:27pm, Rosa said...

    A lovely fall crisp! Yummy!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  6. On November 03, 2009 at 1:44pm, Josie said...

    What a delightful looking autumn dessert. My boyfriend loves apple desserts; I will need to add this one to my rotation. I have been obsessed with baking with fresh cranberries recently – so I will definitely keep those in the final dish.

  7. On November 03, 2009 at 1:49pm, Megan said...

    I skipped the cake too – and made the crisps instead. They were great!

  8. On November 03, 2009 at 2:07pm, Emily Rose said...

    now I can’t wait to make these!! I’m drooling over your pictures!

    • On November 03, 2009 at 2:47pm, Susan said...

      Lol! Thanks! :)

  9. On November 03, 2009 at 2:50pm, Nina said...

    Your crisp looks fantastic!! Can’t wait to try this one! How was the flavor with the cardamom? I bet it worked great. Love your last photo of the empty bowl!! :) -

    • On November 03, 2009 at 2:53pm, Susan said...

      The cardamom was really nice. A little floral and much less subtle than cinnamon.

  10. On November 03, 2009 at 2:59pm, trexni said...

    I wonder how the taste this meal ???

  11. On November 03, 2009 at 3:07pm, grace said...

    well, replacing cinnamon with cardamom is something i simply can’t abide. :)
    gorgeous pictures of a delectable crisp! the combination of fruits sounds like a perfect blend, and i LOVE that coconut is also involved. that’s the kicker for me, and ALMOST makes the lack of cinnamon excusable. :)

    • On November 04, 2009 at 10:18am, Susan said...

      Lol! Forgetting the cinnamon actually worked out well for me. My mother is allergic to it and so I was able to share the “cinnamon-less” crisp with her.

  12. On November 03, 2009 at 3:15pm, Paula said...

    Mmmmm that looks delicious! I love the individual sized ones…perfect!

  13. On November 03, 2009 at 3:30pm, steph (whisk/spoon) said...

    looks great–the fresh cranberries give off such a gorgeous color! can’t wait to try this one myself!

  14. On November 03, 2009 at 3:52pm, Donna said...

    Susan this looks so delish! I love all the ingredients and will definetly give it a try. Thanks

    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

  15. On November 03, 2009 at 3:59pm, ingrid said...

    Yum, your photos (& mishaps) have given me the push needed to give this a try! I can only handle easy (& fairly quick) right now!
    ~ingrid

  16. On November 03, 2009 at 4:25pm, Rachel said...

    Oh I can’t wait to make this!

  17. On November 03, 2009 at 4:38pm, Katrina said...

    Yum-me! Can’t wait to make this one! Looks great. (I made the bundt cake–which is also fabulous!)

  18. On November 03, 2009 at 5:08pm, Rachel (S[d]OC) said...

    I almost feel as if that empty dish photo should be accompanied by a loud burp. :-) Looks both delicious and beautifully presented.

    I don’t blame you on the chestnut cake. I’m not fond of those things either. The only time I ever enjoyed them was when I used them to thicken a soup.

    The recipe seems very forgiving seeing as our favorite Accident Prawn made a few goofs. I think you ought to keep doing the cardamom thing. YOu invented a whole new recipe.

    • On November 04, 2009 at 10:19am, Susan said...

      Rachel, you are too funny! :D

  19. On November 03, 2009 at 5:32pm, Clivia said...

    I don’t know why, but the empty bowl made me smile. Yay for an enjoyed dessert!

    • On November 04, 2009 at 10:20am, Susan said...

      :)

  20. On November 03, 2009 at 7:24pm, Bellini Valli said...

    I love crisps of any kind, especially for breakfast!!!

  21. On November 03, 2009 at 7:37pm, Rebecca said...

    Oh, I think your photos have sold me on this one. And I’m glad to hear that the fresh cranberries weren’t overpowering. I’d worried about that.

  22. On November 03, 2009 at 8:17pm, pamela said...

    So pretty! I love the little dishes you served up your crisp in, too.

  23. On November 03, 2009 at 8:40pm, annie said...

    This looks soooo delicious!!

  24. On November 03, 2009 at 9:19pm, Susan said...

    I love your little dish! Your crisps look delicious, even with all your sleep deprived errors. :) I am planning on this for Thanksgiving dessert.

  25. On November 03, 2009 at 10:07pm, MaryBeth said...

    YUMM-O…what a wonderful fall dessert

  26. On November 04, 2009 at 12:56am, Ivy said...

    Love the red colour in that delicious crisp!!!

  27. On November 04, 2009 at 9:14am, Jeannette said...

    oh man, if the taste doesn’t blow you away, the beautiful hues should!! great photos :)

  28. On November 04, 2009 at 9:35am, Manggy said...

    That’s what’s so awesome about crisps, they’re so forgiving! No rising and all that hullabaloo, so the temperature doesn’t really matter (unless you want a particular degree of brown-ness :) I’m not too familiar with chestnuts so I dunno if I’ll hate them, but I hope they let you skip that one, lol :)

  29. On November 04, 2009 at 11:12am, Jennifer said...

    OH! Your crisps look divine!!!!!!!

  30. On November 04, 2009 at 12:35pm, Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said...

    Susan, I didn’t see (or read the directions) that you have to grind the coconut up, I was imagining strings of coconut in this, which is why I didn’t see any in your crumble! haha
    I too added it, and loved it!

  31. On November 04, 2009 at 6:27pm, Charli said...

    Oh wow–this one looks so good! It might have to be my choice for this week ;)

  32. On November 04, 2009 at 7:52pm, Wendy said...

    I can’t wait to make it. The crisp sounds awesome. I love honeycrisp apples.

  33. On November 04, 2009 at 10:34pm, Steph said...

    Your pictures are so good! I actually want to make this now after seeing your photos. I was going to skip this one.

  34. On November 07, 2009 at 2:40pm, Margaret said...

    Sounds like a very forgiving recipe. Yours looks just perfect. I cannot wait to make it.

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