Tuesday, November 17, 2009

TWD: Cran-Apple Crisps


Our fearless leaders at Tuesdays with Dorie have permitted us to post the November recipes in whatever order best accomodates our busy holiday schedules. The recipe that I've decided to post this week, Cran-Apple Crisps (chosen by Em of The Repressed Pastry Chef) is a classic fall dessert that would be a fabulous addition to any Thanksgiving table. But it was also great on that random Monday night in early November when I had my act together well enough to make a Cran-Apple Crisp for dessert. It is versatile that way - you can dress it up, you can dress it down. I never hesitate to make apple desserts, since my husband loves them and can be counted on to be a volume eater of them, and at least one of my three kids will eagerly join him (that's the best percentage I ever get).

Tempted as I was to make individual crisps, I decided to make a half recipe of this crisp in one large baking dish. It's an easy dessert to throw together. The only aspects of the recipe that might cause me to avoid it on those (numerous) Monday nights when I DON'T have my act together are that (1) it requires peeling/coring/cutting apples, and (2) it requires that I break out the food processor. But honestly, if either of those activities seems overly daunting, I know that I don't need to be making a crisp anyway.


This crisp is fairly traditional, but the topping has the unexpected addition of coconut. I'm not a huge fan of coconut, except when I am, and in this case, I think I'd have preferred the topping without the coconut. But I'm certainly not going to quibble - this is a delicious, crowd-pleasing dessert. It certainly pleased (3/5th) of my crowd!

You can find the recipe in Dorie Greenspan's amazing book, Baking from my Home to Yours, or by visiting Em's gorgeous blog. Thanks for the perfect fall pick, Em!

29 comments:

mike said...

Cathy - it looks great - but I DO see an apple skin there... :) just kidding. Glad you did the coconut (I loved it) - and you can't really tell, there's not a lot of it to be overwhelming. 3 out of 4 family members agreed! Nice job!

Nancy/n.o.e said...

Love your crisp, Cathy! My resident apple-dessert lover enjoyed this one, and so did I.

The coconut is the hot-button issue, I guess. I skipped it right out of the gate, and I'm glad to get confirmation from a similarly-minded coconut disliker (most of the time) that this was not one of those times where coconut was OMW amazing. I used pecans instead and they were good in the topping.

SUGAR B said...

Cathy, it looks delicious! I wouldn't mind having a bite. My spoon is ready. :)

Debinhawaii said...

Yum--crisp, apples, cranberries and coconut--what could be better. It looks perfect!

natalia said...

Cathy , Ciao ! I missed you !! Lovely crisp wasn't it ? (I skipped the coconut too )Baci !

Amanda said...

Looks fab Cathy! I loved this, even with the coconut in the topping. I'm making it for the night before Thanskgiving to have for dessert with family :)

Karen said...

Looks great! Funny, I love coconut but left it out. :)

Melissa said...

Your crisp looks delicious! Perfect dish for any fall occasion! I'm with you on the coconut, sometimes I like it and sometimes I don't. When I get my act together and make this recipe, I'll probably leave it out.

Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

Peggy said...

Everyone at my place seemed to like the coconut in the topping. I love the way your cranberries look really cooked, and mine stayed little red balls. But I did get good reviews on this one. I did not get a chance to enjoy a full piece, but I tasted it and liked it. Great job on yours!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

I love crisp, one of my favourite desserts.. and breakfasts.
Sound nummy, love the idea of the coconut in the topping.

pinkstripes said...

Your crisp looks great! I'm glad you are back to blogging.

Flourchild said...

I thought I had all ready left you a comment, I guess not:)...Your crisp looks down right tasty! I am making mine this weekend! I think the topping sounds super yummy with that coconut in it! I can't wait to eat it hot with some cold vanilla ice cream on top!

You should so bake those cookies and dip half in chocolate..I could not keep my lips off of them! In fear that they would go to my hips I froze them!

jillbert said...

It looks so good that I wish we were having this for dessert tonight! My husband really liked this too; I thought a fruit dessert might be too girly, but I guess not.

Steph said...

I was too lazy to break out the fp so I used my fingers. I'm so lazy I'm suprised I cored the apples..hahah. just kidding.

Di said...

Looks good, Cathy. =) I know what you mean about the tough audience and sometimes low percentage of people who will actually eat something. I just realized that I didn't even offer any of my crisp to B & G. I just ate almost all of it myself (and I made the full recipe).

Mary Ann said...

Great job on your crisp- love the red plate too. I love it when certain things are guaranteed to be loved by some family members. I skipped the coconut, so I am not sure how much of a difference it makes in the topping.

Sweet and Savory said...

I plan to make this tomorrow but your photo has me sold. We are not coconut eaters but I thought for the sake of the recipe, I would add a little. Since, it is not a stand alone, it will work, I think.

Your cranberries are such a pretty color. It perks up the whole dish. I can't wait to try this.

Pamela said...

Definitely an easy one to toss together. Looks quite tasty, my friend.

Maria said...

Mmmmm! I love apple and cranberries together!

Jess said...

Looks delicious. I was also pouting a bit about having to peel/core/chop apples, but then I told myself to get a grip and stop whining. That was the hardest part of the whole recipe!

Katrina said...

I really like coconut, but didn't put it in my crisps. The crisps were de-lish and yours look great. Love all the red in your photos! You had better odds than we did, we only had 3/6 even try it here! ;)

Elina said...

What a gorgeous crisp. Perfect for a fall treat... with a little ice cream ;)

The Blonde Duck said...

You're back! I misse dyou!

Karine said...

Your crisp sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing :)

Kayte said...

You snuck one in on me here, I almost missed this one, and it would have been a shame as it looks very lovely. I have made this about ten times now as the guys love it...and the coconut has been doubled most of the time around here. I have caught them sprinkling extra on top even...this is a coconut loving crowd. Yours looks great!

The Blonde Duck said...

Hope you had a good new year!

Katrina said...

Just was all the sudden thinking the other day that we haven't seen or heard from you, especially with TWD for A LONG TIME! Hope all is well! Miss your great posts!

Sook said...

cranberries and apples! What a fabulous combination! I want some with a little bit of icecream. :)

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