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Cranberry-Apple Casserole

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

This mixed-fruit dish is one of my family’s holiday favorites.  Not only is it delicious, but the red cranberries peeking through the apples and crunchy topping make this a colorful, festive dish, as well. Once again, I have “tweaked” the ingredients from this very popular recipe…using plain oatmeal, brown sugar and cinnamon…instead of the pre-packaged oatmeal cinnamon mix with its additional additives.  I have also slightly reduced the amount of melted butter used when compared to other recipes…but the end result is just as good…I guarantee!

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Cranberry-Apple Casserole
Makes 6 servings

Fruit Mixture:
3 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, thinly sliced and cut into 1 ½ inch pieces
2 cups fresh cranberries, washed and sorted for the “not-so-good” berries
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
¾ cup sugar (some folks add up to1 cup of sugar, but I like mine a “bit tangy”)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

Crunchy Oat Topping:
1 cup uncooked oatmeal (I use old-fashioned oatmeal…but quick-cook will work, too)
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup finely chopped pecans (optional….it’s still very good without the nuts!)
½ cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

To make the fruit filling, mix the apples, cranberries, 2 Tablespoons flour, sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl, stirring carefully to blend the apples and cranberries with the dry ingredients.
Spoon the fruit mixture into a 2 quart casserole that has been coated with cooking spray.

To make the topping, mix together the oatmeal, ½ cup flour, chopped pecans, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Melt the butter and stir it into the topping mix until it is evenly distributed and the topping mixture is crumbly. Spoon the oatmeal topping over the fruit mixture in the casserole dish.

Bake uncovered at 350 for 45 minutes or until the fruit mixture is “bubbly” around the edges and the oatmeal topping is browned.

Serve warm as a side-dish or topped with vanilla ice cream for dessert!


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