Cran-Apple Crunch

Serves 8-10       This is a great festive dessert especially suited for the holidays. Why? Because it’s colorful and best of all, it can be made a day ahead. We are all so busy at this time of year, it’s nice to have dishes that are not only delicious but somewhat carefree. It’s decorated our holiday table for several decades. I like to use my own cranberry sauce when making this dish since mine is not too sweet and adds some nice flavors.

 

Ingredients:

3-4 cooking apples (Granny Smith) – peeled (or leave unpeeled), cored and sliced into 1/4” thick slices

1 can whole cranberry sauce – or use your own sauce

1 tsp cinnamon

1 cup “quick cook” oats

3/4 -1 cup brown sugar (depending on the sweetness of your cranberry sauce)

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup butter at room temperature

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350º  Generously butter a 9 x 12 baking dish

Slice peeled (or unpeeled) apples to even thickness (about 1/4 “) and layer them in the baking dish.

Sprinkle the cinnamon over them as evenly as possible.

Spoon the cranberry sauce evenly over the apples.

 

In a bowl, mix the oats, sugar, flour and butter together until crumbly. I use a pastry cutter for this. Add the walnuts (if using) and mix in. Spoon over the top of the apples and press lightly.

 

Bake at 350º for 45 minutes, until topping is lightly browned. Cool. Cover and refrigerate to serve the next day if you want. Then bring it to room temperature – or pop it in the oven for a couple of minutes to crisp up the topping.

This dish can be served warn or at room temperature.

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