Make Ahead

Apple, Pear and Cranberry Crisp

November  8, 2010
Author Notes

Last Thanksgiving, I wanted to make a quintessentially autumnal crisp, but was coming up short on the perfect combination of flavors and seasonal fruits - until someone suggested that I add cranberry. It was a lightbulb moment. The cranberry is a subtle, tart surprise and nicely contrasts with the pear and apple. Coarsely chopped walnuts, along with oats, add a toothsome texture to the topping. - theyearinfood —theyearinfood

Test Kitchen Notes

Adding cranberries to a classic fruit crisp is a brilliant way to make the flavors in this old-fashioned dessert really "pop". I might prefer one cup to two of cranberries, but that's just me. Walnuts in the topping are another nice touch. This makes an enormous amount of crisp, by the way, perfect for a potluck or buffet gathering. Thumbs up! - Lizthechef —The Editors

  • Serves 8
Ingredients
  • For the filling
  • 1.5 pounds crisp, tart apples, such as Pink Lady (about 5 apples)
  • 1 pound ripe pears, such as Bartlett (about 3 pears)
  • 2 cups unsweetened cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • For the topping
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 stick salted butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Core the apples and pears and cut into chunks. (I have never peeled fruit for a crisp, but if you'd prefer to, go ahead!)
  3. In a large mixing bowl, toss the apples, pears and cranberries with the sugar, flour, lemon juice and spices. Pour fruit mixture into a large baking dish.
  4. In another bowl, combine all of the ingredients with the butter and work the mixture with your fingers until crumbly. Spoon the mixture over the fruit.
  5. Bake for about 45 minutes, until the topping is a lovely golden brown and the fruits are bubbling through. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.

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