Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Apple Cranberry Pie

In keeping with the "is it dessert or is it a side?" controversy from a few posts back, I have decided to add this recipe to the mix! The first time I saw it served during a dinner I was pretty confused. I couldn't figure out how exactly it fit in with a main course... until I tried it! Next to roasted chicken, salad and all the trimmings this is the perfect addition. It's incredibly simple to make - we're talking all of fifteen minutes prep and barely any mess, therefore totally awesome! Not to mention there are very few ingredients, which are more often than not already in your kitchen.

This is best served warm and don't worry if it's a little messy to cut and serve! The crumble on top helps to add some sort of structure to the dish but the mix of cranberry sauce and baked apples means tasty messiness!

I've only ever baked this in a pie dish but it would also work really well in individual ramekins for dessert.

Apple Cranberry Pie
1 cup of flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup oats
1 cup of melted margarine or 1 cup of oil
2 granny smith apples
1 can of cranberry sauce (whole works better)

For the topping, combine flour, brown sugar and oats in a large bowl 
Use the melted margarine or enough oil to bind everything together, pouring it over the mixture and using either a rubber spatula or your hands to combine the ingredients until they are cohesive and a  wet/dark brown mixture.

For the filling, slice 2 granny smith apples and lay then in a circular fashion in the dish
Cover the apples with cranberry sauce, spreading the cranberry to cover all the apples and fill in the gaps

Top the apple and cranberry with the oat mixture 

Place in oven for 50 minutes at 350 degrees

Enjoy!!

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