I’m really looking forward to taking part in my very first Canadian Blogging By Post. I missed out on the first one because I was in Europe at the time, so I’ve been waiting for a second installment ever since then. I still haven’t finalized what I’ll be putting in my care package; I need to talk to someone at Canada Post about one of the items before it gets thrown into the box. I do, however, have my recipe contribution all finished.
My Mom makes a lot of apple crisps. Our neighbours have an apple tree that hangs over our patio, so we get about a third of a tree-worth of apples every year. I remember peeling and freezing bushels of them a few years back, and most of those made their way into either pies or crisps. Since moving out to Halifax, I’ve been bombarded by fresh apples and cranberries, so I thought I’d make a combination dessert. This comes together really quickly, and can be dressed up by baking it in individual dishes, like I did for the picture.
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup flour
1/3 cup butter, cut into small chunks
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
2 cups chopped apple
1 cup fresh cranberries
3/4 cup white sugar
zest of 1 orange
Butter an 8×8 pan.
In a smallish bowl, mix together the first set of ingredients with your fingers, grinding the butter into the dry ingredients until it is pea-sized.
Mix together the apple, cranberries, sugar and orange zest, then dump into the baking pan.
Pour the oat topping over the fruit.
Bake at 350ºF for at least 30 minutes, or until fruit is bubbly.