Tuesdays with Dorie: Cran-Apple Crisps

November 10, 2009 at 11:32 am | Posted in cobbler/crisp/shorties, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 24 Comments

cran-apple crisps

Crisps are the perfect mid-week dessert for lazybones like myself…you don’t really “make” them, you just toss them together.  Low effort but high reward– if only everything could be so easy and smell so good!  This particular Cran-Apple Crisp topping has coconut in it, which sounds a tad unusual for something that screams autumn, but I thought it worked really well.  I try not to buy sweetened coconut if I don’t really need to (it’s just too sweet for me), so I used unsweetened desiccated stuff here.  I also swapped a little whole wheat flour for the AP, which I thought complimented the dessert’s rustic nature.

I liked these crisps so much, and they were so quick to throw together, that I did a rare second go-around.  This last time, I added an extra handful of cranberries to the mix.  I just love the tart little bursts of ruby red– tasty and beautiful!

For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, or read The Repressed Pastry Chef, as it was Em’s choice this week.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. Your crisps look delicious. I’m looking forward to making this one. Beautiful picture.

  2. It looks terrific. I was really surprised by how easily it came together, too. Delicious results!

  3. Your crisps look delicious! I am making this recipe Thanksgiving week, for dessert. I made the cookies this week and loved them! Your cookies looked perfect.

  4. Excellent crisp! It looks perfect – I agree, it was so easy, what’s so hard about making a second batch. Glad you enjoyed making it (again)! Nicely done!

  5. Your crisp looks delicious! I bet the extra cranberries the second time were terrific!

  6. It’s hard to find fresh cranberries here, so I left them out, but i can see the appeal looking at the gorgeous stain of the berries round the inside of your ramekins. We loved this too

  7. In my next life, when I’m a size 4 “for life,” I’m going to make and eat crisps at least once a week. I love the idea of tart and sweet together and the coconut sounds like a perfect addition.

  8. I have to agree – these are a great mid-week dessert. I prepped my crisps & stuck them in the freezer to bake off another day. Yours look wonderful – great photo!

  9. Your crisp looks beautiful. Love the color.

  10. Gorgeous photos! I’m making this next week, I made the cookies this week and they rocked!

  11. c’est la recette que j’ai faite aussi cette semaine, et nous nous sommes bien régalés ( un peu trop sucré pour moi ).

    ta présentation est irréprochable 🙂

  12. Love seeing the pink stuff on the sides–a clue of what’s inside. Beautiful!

  13. cranberries!!!! score.

  14. Your crisps look beautiful! I made a pear version of these, and loved it.

  15. Since I’m not much of a cooked fruit fan, I’m not looking forward to the filling so much – but I have to say, that crisp topping is calling my name! I could eat a big bowl of just that I think!

  16. These were incredibly easy to put together. I’ve made but not baked yet.

    Yours look so good.

  17. Look fantastic! Glad you liked them. Twice!

  18. Ohhhh, delicious. The thing I love about crisps is that they are deceptive in masking themselves as slightly healthly. All that fruit and oats? Hmmmmm, practically could get a big tick from the heart foundation!

    Funny – just saw your comment! They were DEFINITELY not healthy. 🙂

  19. Fantastic. Love the combination and am thrilled to have the recipe because we have way too many cranberries in the house!

  20. Great looking crisps! I did mine in one big pan but the ramekins are really cute. Hope you are having a happy fall so far!

  21. I love that you thought of making those in bowls… gives them a rustic and country feel. With the holidays coming up… any idea is great for me to save time and make thing simpler. Thanks for sharing… love it!

  22. Your crisps look delightful!

  23. Coconut can be so unexpectedly good in recipes you would never think to add it to!

  24. Looks fabulous! This is the only one of the November recipes I haven’t made yet, and I’m going to follow your lead and add extra cranberries.

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