Tuesday, November 10, 2009

TWD: Cran-Apple Crisps


Nope, those aren't onions hiding behind this week's Tuesday's with Dorie recipe, Cran-Apple Crisps (chosen by Em of The Repressed Pastry Chef... thanks, Em!). They're tulip bulbs.

The cool thing about tulips is that you plant them, you enjoy them for a number of years, then you dig them up and find that where there was one tulip bulb, there are now many tulip bulbs. They multiply! Kinda like rabbits.


Another cool thing about tulips is that a crisp fall afternoon spent digging them, separating them, and replanting them is a perfect excuse to indulge in a little afternoon snack like apple crisp. And if the apple crisp is chock full of the surprise ingredient, cranberries, well that's just bonus points as far as I'm concerned.


For the Cran-Apple Crisp, I followed the recipe exactly, except that I used dried cherries in place of the raisins, and I used a 1-1/2 quart dish and two ramekins. Some folks on the TWD forum mentioned that the crisp was a tad sweet, so I used a higher proportion of tart Granny Smith apples than the Fuji and Red Delicious apples. I thought it ended up a nice balance between sweet and tart.

I *really* liked this dessert.


A lot.


OK, folks, gotta run. "Somebody" still has tulip bulbs to plant.

Thanks so much to Em for a great pick. If you'd like to see the recipe, stop by Em's blog, or better yet, check out the book "Baking, from My Home to Yours", by Dorie Greenpspan.

21 comments:

chocolatechic said...

I heart tulips.

I need to dig mine up, because they are not in a good spot...unfortunately...I can't remember the exact spot where they are...

Your crisps look wonderful.

I'm getting ready to post mine.

Nina said...

Your crisp looks fantastic. *Love* the last photo of the empty bowl! Ha! Can't wait to make this one.

Amanda said...

Looks wonderful! I am making the crisp next week, did the cookies this week and loved them :)

jillbert said...

It looks delicious! I haven't made it yet, but hopefully tonight.

Grace said...

heck, i think one should always replace raisins with dried cherries, and it was especially appropriate here!

Anne said...

I love tulips and when we lived in Utah (and could actually grow them) I always looked forward to their sprouting up. So pretty!

Your crisp looks great and I can't wait to try it!

Flourchild said...

I love your crisp! Im glad you enjoyed it too. I will be making it soon! I chose the bundt cake this week.

Susan said...

Your crisps look great. I am saving this recipe for Thanksgiving dessert! Tulips are my favorite flowers and I have many planted along my driveway.

Megan said...

I gave up planting tulips when we lived in NY - the deer kept sneaking up and eating them.

Which the kids thought was just hilarious.

pinkstripes said...

Your crisps look wonderful! I love tulips. I should plant some.

Steph said...

haha.. I love excuses to bake and eat!

Lauryn said...

Your crisp looks delicious! I am really excited to make this! And how cool are those tulip bulbs!?! I had no clue what they were at first!

Karen said...

I think you are right about the apple choice for this, and you could choose depending on what you like - sweet or tart. I thought this was very delicious, too.

Katrina said...

Great looking crisp. I can't wait to make this one--tonight?? Everyone's photos of it are killing me! ;)
Tulips are my favorite flower. But they get eaten up by rabbits 'round here.

vibi said...

Hummm... you're pretty courageous to plant tulips at this time of year! Come Fall, I'm just too lazy to do anything else but to enjoy the colours! LOL

On top of baking this sweet and cute crisps, you are courageous indeed! Bravo.

Heather said...

This looks so good! I like the cleaned plate pic - it's cute. Obviously you enjoyed them.

Bunny said...

I'm dying to try this, I've never had apple and cranberry together!

Pamela said...

This was a delicious and perfect fall dessert. And what a divine treat for all of the work you're doing in your garden. :o)

margot said...

I love tulips, what a nice thing to look forward to. The crisps look great, glad you enjoyed them so much.

TeaLady said...

Looks delicious.

i also used a variety of apples. Liked the different flavors.

Love tulips. They are so elegant looking.

lasinthekitchen said...

Hee hee, your last photo looks exactly like my dish after I ate a crisp! If I could have, I would have licked the ramekin clean!
Your crisps look soo yummy, it makes me wish I had more!
Who knew tulip bulbs multiply? I learned something new today! =)