I hope everyone enjoyed a nice holiday weekend. I took a break from blogging and enjoyed time with family and friends over the weekend. We entertained, having friends over for dinner Friday night and Saturday night. I do have a couple of new recipes to share that we tried and liked. Years ago I met a woman who was married to an officer in the military. She shared with me that there was a certain amount of entertaining in their home that went with her husbands job, so she often entertained two nights in a row. She figured if her house was cleaned and ready to go it made sense to do the entertaining all in the same weekend. Get this, to keep things easy, she made the exact same meal both nights! I wouldn’t do that but hey it worked for her.
I decided to make a cranberry apple crisp Saturday night for our dinner guests. After reviewing a few recipes I threw together my own version and the results were outstanding! Granny Smith apples and fresh cranberries tossed with some sugar and lemon juice, then topped with a combination of whole wheat flour, oats, a little brown sugar, cinnamon, melted butter and real Maple syrup. All baked until hot and bubbly. Served warm with a scoop of low fat ice cream. What a perfect ending to a winter meal.
The combination of apples and cranberries is delightfully satisfying with a whole grain topping adding a little crunch.
Cranberry Apple Crisp
- 1.5 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cubed
- 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, rinsed
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon juice
- ½ cup sugar (if you use a sweeter apple use less sugar, the Granny Smith are very tart)
- Cooking Spray
- 1/3 cup Whole Wheat Flour
- 1 Cup Oats
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 Tablespoons melted butter
- 2 Tablespoons Real Maple Syrup
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Lightly spray a 7 x 11 inch baking dish with non stick spray.
- Combine apples and cranberries with lemon juice, add sugar and stir to evenly coat the fruit. Spoon mixture into prepared pan.
- Lightly spoon flour into a measuring cup, level off. Combine flour, oats, sugar, cinnamon, butter, and maple syrup with a fork, mix until crumbly. Sprinkle over the apple mixture. Bake for 40 minutes or until bubbly and apples are tender.
- Serving suggestion, serve warm in shallow bowls with low fat vanilla ice cream.
Yields: 8 servings
Per Serving: 262 Calories; 4g Fat (14.7% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 54g Carbohydrate; 5g Dietary Fiber; 8mg Cholesterol; 36mg Sodium.
Old WWP 5 / New WWPP 7
I hope to have time later today to answer your recent questions and to visit other blogs and catch up on everyone! I have a time deadline this morning to get to the University campus to see a professor and get some paperwork done for daughter Katy!
ADD YOUR THOUGHTS
I love the tart flavor of cranberries and use them in many different dishes. In fact I buy several extra bags of fresh cranberries this time of year and freeze them for future use through out the year.
Do you like fresh cranberries? If so how do you use them?