Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tuesdays with Dorie - Cran-Apple Crisps

This week's recipe is actually the All in One Holiday Bundt cake, chosen by Britin of The Nitty Britty. I made this recipe last week and it was fabulous! So rich and hearty and full of wonderful fall ingredients.

This week I baked the Cran-Apple Crisps, which was the recipe for the week of November 10. It was chosen by Em of The Repressed Pastry Chef.  Be sure to check out both of their blogs to see what they thought of their choices, and to get the recipes to try for yourself.


So, back to the crisps. So easy and so delicious. Not much more to say. I didn't have any dried cranberries so I added raisins to mine. I love apples and raisins anyway so it was a good switch. I also used two different kinds of apples...Granny Smith and Gala. Figured the Gala would offset the tartness of the Granny Smiths and the tartness of the cranberries.


I made the topping just as Dorie wrote the recipe. I like coconut and wanted to see what it added to the topping. I honestly can't say I even noticed it. Something added a nice crunch to the final product and I guess it could have been the coconut, but I really didn't taste coconut. And, I was almost disappointed by that. Almost.


The finished dish was amazing. Tart and sweet. Soft and crunchy. I didn't add anything else to mine, though I did put a dollop of whipped cream on the hubby's. (He eats whipped cream on just about everything!) As with any dish with cranberries, he commented on the tartness. But, he finished the bowl. (He left all the wonderful raisins in the dish though...can't get him to eat those!)  I did have one complaint and that was that the apples cooked down, so that heaping ramekins I put in the oven came out slightly over half full. :(  Next time (Oh yes, I will make this again!) I will pack the fruit in the bowl, rather than just spoon it in as I did.

So, thumbs up to Em for picking this one. It was a big winner with me. Please stop by TWD to see what everyone else baked this week.

12 comments:

  1. I wish I could have made these - it looks so delicious! Great process pics too.

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  2. This looks absolutely wonderful. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  3. Loved the crisp I made last week. Left out the coconut even though I love coconut. Mm, mmm!

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  4. Your photos are so bright and lovely! I had that same problem with the crisp coming out half the depth I'd put it in with. I wonder how high you can mound the fruit before the topping starts to slide off? We'll have to see!

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  5. These crisps are so tasty, aren't they? Just looking at your crisp makes me want to make some more. I agree with you on the coconut. I was excited about tasting it in the crumb topping, but I also felt like the taste was lost. Maybe we'll have to add a bit more next time? Your crisp looks lovely, and I'm glad you enjoyed this dessert. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  6. Susan--your crisp looks wonderful! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  7. I really liked the crisp - and I left out the coconut because it just didn't seem to go, you know?

    Have a great Thanksgiving!

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  8. Lovely photos, the crisps look great! This was the first one I made this month and it seems like so long ago now, it was fun mixing it up this month. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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  9. I'm totally with you on the coconut - I didn't really notice it either and I was looking forward to it. I love coconut, especially in desserts. Still very yum!

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  10. Your crisps sound wonderful! thanks for sharing :)

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  11. I made mine in a single serving pie plate initially. I'll have to try the ramekin path next time. I loved this one very much
    AmyRuth

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