Just in time…

Posted by on Dec 19, 2012 in Desserts | 2 comments

Christmas is about a week away.

Do sugarplums and figgy puddings (reeking of dried fruit and booze on fire) dance around in your dreams?

You are going to take a dessert somewhere—

You are finished with the cookie scene—

Your gills are stuffed—and so are his, hers, and theirs.

I am here to rescue you.

Step by step.

The credit for this recipe goes to Jane Brody who enamored me in the 1980’s with her fresh approach to healthful eating.

Cranberry Apple Crisp

I make this during the holiday season because it combines seasonal cranberries, glorious apples, walnuts, and whole grains into a fine dessert.

Dress it up with whipped cream or ice cream.

Serve it up by itself for brunch--

Combine the fruits with sugar, cinnamon, and a little whole wheat flour.

I love Honeycrisp or Pink Lady apples for baking.  I peel them.  Jane doesn't.








Toss the fruit into a buttered baking dish.








The remaining whole wheat flour, oats, and walnuts come together with a touch of brown sugar








and pure melted butter.








The topping is added over the simple fruit to be baked.







Caution.  A  missing corner will be noticed...








Sweet, tart, crunchy, Christmas goodness.








For thirty more years...

Cranberry Apple Crisp


  • 1 (12 ounce) package fresh cranberries
  • 3 large apples, peeled and sliced
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup whole wheat flour, divided use
  • 2 Tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • ¾ cup old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ¼ cup butter, melted


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cranberries, apples, sugar, cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of the flour. Place the apples in a buttered baking dish.
  3. In the same bowl, combine the remaining flour, brown sugar, oats and walnuts. Stir in the melted butter and mix the ingredients with a fork until crumbly. Sprinkle the oat mixture over the fruit.
  4. Bake the crisp for 40 minutes or until the fruit is bubbling and the crisp is lightly browned.
  5. Serves 6-8
  6. --adapted from Jane Brody's Good Food Book






  1. 12-19-2012

    Probably my favorite dessert!! Yumm…Thanks for the reminder!

  2. 12-19-2012

    Love this crisp, thank you!


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