Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Perfect Summer Treat

With Fall only a few short weeks away, I'm starting to add a little bit of Autumn elements into my decorating and baking. This dessert is an example of that. So, today after we introduce Chris and Ella to the Hamburg Fair for the first time, then chase them around the beach all day, we'll take a moment to enjoy a warm summer dessert while we watch the Old Black Point fireworks. Here's the recipe I'll be using:
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Apple-Cranberry Crumble
Recipe from: Martha Stewart Living
Prep Time: 5 min.
Total Time: 50 min.
Serves: 8

6-8 medium sized apples, peeled and cored
1 cup fresh or frozen (unthawed) cranberries, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp coarse salt (I usually omit salt)
8 tbs (1 stick) cold unsalted butter cut into small pieces, plus more for dish
1 cup pecan halves, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
6 tbs packed light-brown sugar

1. Preheat oven to 425*. Quarter apples lengthwise, then thinly slice. Toss in large bowl with cranberries, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt until evenly coated.
2. Butter a 13"-9" glass or ceramic baking dish. Mix pecans, flour, oats, brown sugar, and a pinch of salt in a bowl until combined. Work in butter with your fingers until topping is crumbly, with pea-size chunks.
3. Spread apple mixture in prepared dish; sprinkle with topping. Bake until filling is bubbling and topping is golden brown, 30 to 40 min. Let cool slightly before serving. Serve with vanilla ice cream optional.


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