This is my take on an Apple Crisp, which I actually make like an Apple Crumble (is there a difference? I don’t know).
This type of dessert always, always, always makes me think of my time in London, and of my good friend Natalie. She makes just about the best berry crumble I’ve ever had, and as many times as I try to replicate it, it’s never quite the same (it also doesn’t help that I’m trying to replicate a taste and a memory from 2005), but I digress.
After playing around in the kitchen and trying several different combinations of apple crumble, this is definitely my favorite.
I really like ginger, I think it brings a sharp, crisp element to a dish, especially a dessert, and it always makes me feel better. I’m sure there’s a homeopathic element to me believing this, but I’m not sure.
Okay, this is what you’ll need;
2/3 cup dried cranberries
1 large cinnamon stick
1 tbsp fresh ginger (sliced thinly)
1 cup water
2/3 cup flour
2/3 cup light brown sugar
1 pkg Quaker Apple & Cinnamon instant oatmeal (because I can’t stand the stuff in the form it’s supposed to take, and yet we have it in our pantry – so I use it when I can for OTHER things, then it’s delicious)
1/4 tea salt
6 tbsp butter (1/2 tbsp extra for buttering your dish)
5 apples cut nice and small (I do thin slices)
Preheat oven to 400 F
Simmer cranberries, ginger, cinnamon stick and water for 10 minutes. Drain and throw out the cinnamon stick. Set aside for the moment.
Peel, then thinly slice (or chop or whatever) your apples. I always do an extra apple because my child eats the apples as I’m slicing them, hence 5 apples instead of 4, plus, I like apples so if you do throw an extra one in there, it doesn’t hurt the recipe ratio.
Butter your dish, I use a pie dish because I think it looks better when serving, and add your apples to the bottom of the dish. Now top with your cranberries and ginger. Set aside.
Now in a medium sized bowl, dump all other ingredients together. Mix with your fingers until a coarse meal is formed.
Slowly turn this meal out and pat over your apple, ginger, cranberry mixture.
Pop in the over for 25 minutes. The meal will turn a beautiful brown color and your apples will be oozing with buttery goodness.
Serve with ice cream or sorbet.