Recipe: Yankee cranberry-apple crisp

Recipe: Yankee cranberry-apple crisp
Yankee cranberry-apple crisp is sure-fire. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)


8 to 10


Active Work Time:

45 minutes


Total Preparation Time:

2 hours plus 2 hours cooling


1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled, cut in pieces


1 cup light brown sugar, packed

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup pecans

1. Place the butter

, sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt and pecans in a food processor and process until the mixture is finely ground and crumbly without seeing any flour, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a plastic food bag; place in the refrigerator until ready to use.



2 cups cranberries

1 cup granulated sugar, divided

1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest

2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest, divided

1/2 cup water

7 large tart apples (a mix of Jonathan, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith), peeled, halved, cored, thinly sliced

1/4 cup flour

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Vanilla ice cream, for serving

1. Heat the oven

to 375 degrees. Set aside a 9-inch deep pie plate.

2. Place the cranberries

, 3/4 cup of granulated sugar, orange zest, 1 teaspoon lemon zest and water in a small non-aluminum saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and cook until the cranberries are soft and the mixture starts to thicken, about 5 minutes.

3. Transfer the cranberries

to the reserved pie plate. Spread them evenly over the bottom. Set aside.

4. Place the sliced

apples in a large bowl. In a small dish, combine the flour, the remaining 1/4 cup of granulated sugar, brown sugar, the remaining 1 teaspoon of lemon zest and the cinnamon. Add to the apples. Use your hands to toss the slices until uniformly coated. Transfer to the pie plate, mounding the apples slightly in the center (it's OK if the apples stand tall in the plate because they cook down).

5. Scatter the Crisp

Topping evenly over the surface of the apples. Gently press into place. Place the pie plate on a baking sheet (to catch any juices).

6. Bake the crisp

until browned with visible juices, about 50 to 60 minutes, tenting it lightly with foil if the surface gets too dark. Transfer to wire rack to cool at least 2 hours before serving for juices to thicken. (The crisp can be stored overnight at cool temperature; do not refrigerate.) To serve, serve warm. Reheat, uncovered, in a 350-degree oven until warmed through, about 15 minutes. Spoon on dessert plates; top with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Each of 10 servings:

418 calories; 41 mg sodium; 31 mg cholesterol; 18 grams fat; 8 grams saturated fat; 66 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams protein; 3.49 grams fiber.