Cranberry Apple Crumble – A simple and relatively quick, dessert dish made with fresh, vibrant red cranberries, deep green, Granny Smith apples with a crunchy, sweet homemade crumble. Serve it up warm and top with a hefty scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream and it’s GO TIME!
With Thanksgiving just gone, and the kitchen all but emptied of all that great food and dessert, I started to get that ‘itch’ that something needed to get baked, and STAT!
I Had wanted to make SOMETHING with fresh cranberries in it, since before Thanksgiving and never got around to it, so whatever I was going to do, HAD to involve cranberries. But it also had to include apples, because I felt like having apples. No other particular reason. LOL!
Immediately I began to scour my favorite GO-TO source for both great recipes and great food photos – Pinterest. And managed, with little effort, to come across a number of cranberry apple pie recipes.
How I decided to do a crumble topped pie rather than my typical double crust pie, I cannot tell you. What I can tell you however, is that it was a great choice! I had only made a crumble topped pie once and I absolutely loved it! I loved making the crumble and I loved how it came out. So, it didn’t take long to find a cranberry apple crumble recipe, because let me tell you….judging by the number of recipes I found, it apparently was a popular dish!
The recipe I ended up settling on, was based on the recipe by Sharon, the Certified Pastry Aficionado!
Sharon’s recipe caught my attention for a number of reasons:
- Her instructions were right on point. I followed to the ‘T’ and the result was one of the more delicious pies I have ever made. And only had to have one go at it, which was a plus as well
- For some reason, ingredients that involve both white and brown sugar are enticing to me. I can’t explain why, but it seems like the recipes I have done, that involved both sugars, often gave the dish a different yet amazingly unique flavor.
- The photos of her Cranberry Apple Crumble were perfect. They gave me just enough close-up shots, of the filling and that amazing crumble topping, to really get the mouth watering and anxious to taste!
As I mentioned above, I had never had anything with fresh cranberries, so this was going to be a treat on soooooo many levels. I didn’t know what to expect on my first bite, so the excitement was more than I could contain, after I pulled that hot, bubbling, dish from the oven.
Don’t judge! But I had no idea cranberries were so TART?! My experience with cranberries was ‘cranberry sauce’ and we all know how sweet that is. Definitely didn’t prepare me for the tartness of the cranberries. But that, coupled with the tenders chunks of sweetened apples was….I can’t even describe! It was good.
And take that, and mix it in with a crunchy, sweet crumble that reminded me more of crumbled cookies on top than anything and this was a dish that was going places! Definitely a recipe I fully intended to tuck away in my ‘bag’ of special recipes for those special occasions!
Not to duplicate efforts, and wanting to make sure I pass along my thanks for an amazing recipe, here is the recipe for the Cranberry Apple Crumble from Certified Pastry Aficionado