Thursday, September 19, 2013

Apple Cranberry Crisp with Ginger Cookie Crumble

Yeah it's almost officially Autumn! Walkers Shortbread has sent me some cookies to use in Fall Fruit themed desserts. Since apple crisp is one my favorite Fall time desserts I decided I'd incorporate Walkers Stem Ginger Shortbread Cookies  into the crumb topping of an apple cranberry crisp. The buttery ginger-y cookies make this crumble topping really delicious. After I cooked the crisp I served the crisp topped with ice cream and crumbled a couple more the stem ginger cookies over the top. Delicious! I think the Stem Ginger Shortbread Cookies will be a regular addition to my apple crisps in the future!

Apple Cranberry Crisp with Ginger Cookie Crumble

1 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 cup Walkers Ginger Stem cookies, crushed
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 stick (8 tbl) unsalted butter

2 pounds tart baking apples peeled, cored and sliced 1/4 inch thick. (I used Macintosh apples but Granny Smith or any tart other apple will work)
1 cup fresh cranberries
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Stir together the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, gingersnap crumbs, ginger and salt. Cut the butter into large pieces, using you hands work the butter into the mixture to form a crumbly texture
In a 8 inch skillet or a 1 1/2 to 2 quart baking dish, mix together the apples, cranberries, lemon juice, lemon zest, ginger, cinnamon and vanilla. In a small bowl, whisk the sugar and cornstarch together then toss it with the fruit mixture in the pan.
Sprinkle the ginger cookie crumble over the top of the fruit. Put a foil lined baking pan under your skillet or baking dish to catch anything that might cook out. Bake it for about 45 minutes, or until you see juices bubbling up through the crumbs and the apples are soft.

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grace said...

very tasty topping idea! i love the apple-cranberry combination, especially during the fall. :)

Magnolia_Mom said...

What a perfect Fall Recipe!