WIAW: Apple Cranberry Crisp 2
Happy 11/1/11! At the doctor today, I had so much fun writing this date over and over. I can’t wait for 11/11/11 in 10 days.
Things to look forward to in November
1. “Falling back (yay for light in the morning and an extra hour of sleep)!
2. Starting the Insanity challenge (I am 2 days in so far and I can tell that the title is no lie).
3. Ryan and my one year dating anniversary
4. My half-birthday (Feel free to send half a cake )
6. Starting the month with a party…. a WIAW party to be exact.
This week I decided to bring an apple cranberry crisp. It’s rude to come to a party empty-handed!
I tried out a new variety of oats this morning: Silver Palate Thick and Rough Oatmeal. It was on sale at the grocery store this weekend so I decided to give it a try. I cooked in on the stove with 1 % milk, water, and a mashed banana. Then I stirred in some pumpkin and topped with chunky peanut butter (salvaged from the broken glass), cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie spice. It was utterly delicious. Perfect start to November! I need to try these new oats a few more times before I decide if they are better than my beloved Quaker:)
I made another turkey loaf… just so I could continue with my turkey loaf salad beasts! I topped a bowl (Tupperware) of spinach with roasted sweet potatoes, canned beets, and turkey loaf. Now I just need to make some more homemade hummus and I will officially be in salad heaven.
I made a recipe for dinner that I spotted on Eat, Live, Run for baked polenta with mushrooms, gorgonzola, and tomato sauce. I subbed feta for the gorgonzola since I am not a huge blue cheese lover. I also added some Italian chicken sausage. It was so quick to throw together! I tossed the chopped sausage in a grill pan while the water for the polenta was boiling. Layer everything in a dish and cook for 45 minutes! I will definitely be making this one again.
Humongous Honeycrisp apple! On sale by my parents for 99 cents a pound at a local farm. I made sure to grab a few. They were in my suitcase that got lost... luckily I got it back yesterday! Is it bad that I was more sad about possibly losing my bag of apples instead of my clothes?
It is my mission to recreate this Lara Bar flavor. The lime flavor is so intense! According to the ingredients, it’s from lime concentrate. I think this goes into the top flavors along with peanut butter cookie and chocolate coconut.
Apple crisp is my favorite fall dessert… well maybe it’s tied with pumpkin pie. This was always the first dessert that my mom made after apple picking. She always stocks up on cranberries so she can whip up a crisp any time of the year. This past weekend when I was home I think she had 7 packages in the freezer! The first time I set out to make this apple crisp, I couldn’t find fresh cranberries… so I modified the recipe to include dried cranberries.
But now we are in the middle of cranberry season! So here is the “original” crisp recipe.
Apple Cranberry Crisp 2
This is my favorite fall dessert. The tart cranberries literally burst in your mouth. The cloves add another layer of spice. This makes a perfect dessert with vanilla ice cream or a dollop of plain yogurt. This would also make a delicious breakfast!
Prep Time:10 minutes
Bake Time: 35 minutes
6 oz cranberries (1/2 package)
3 small apples, cored and thinly sliced
3 Tb sugar
1 Tb flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
1/2 cup oats
1 Tb flour
1 Tb brown sugar
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1.5 Tb melted butter
Preheat oven to 375 F. Mix all filling ingredients and spoon into baking dish or individual ramekins.
Combine topping ingredients and crumble on top. Bake for 35 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes.
Enjoy in a mug,
While I prefered this crisp with fresh cranberries, Ryan found it a bit too tart. He like the version with dried cranberries better.
Question: Are you a fan of cranberries? Do you prefer them fresh or dry?