A simple apple cranberry crumble with a sweet and tart fruit filling and buttery brown sugar oat crumb topping. So easy to prepare and perfect for a crowd. Gluten free and vegan friendly.
This apple cranberry crumble is for those of us who sometimes crave a little sour with our sweet. In this case, the natural tartness of ruby red cranberries acts as the perfect complement to sweet brown sugar apples and a crisp and buttery oat crumble topping.
It’s also for those of us who love a last-minute dessert (or have unexpected guests), as this crumble comes together in minutes with simple ingredients nearly always on hand – flour, butter, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and the like.
The fruit changes with the seasons. Blueberries, blackberries, apples or pears, strawberry and rhubarb, peaches, and any number of stone fruit… it’s hard to choose! Sometimes I’ll add nuts to the mix, and always good vanilla, adjusting with lemon juice and more or less brown sugar according to the natural sweetness of the fruit.
what you’ll love about this apple cranberry crumble
This crumble begins with vibrant, fresh (or frozen) cranberries and sweet, crisp apples, tossed with brown sugar, a squeeze of lemon, sprinkle of cinnamon, and a glug of fragrant vanilla.
The only “unusual” ingredient here is arrowroot starch, though if you bake often with fruit – pies and crisps and crumbles – it’s worth adding to your pantry (and will last for ages).
Let the apple slices and cranberries macerate for a few minutes while you prepare the crumble topping. Then, the sweet and syrupy fruit mixture gets tucked under a buttery blanket of oat and brown sugar crumbs. You can do this in advance, and simply pop the pan in the oven to bake away while you’re eating dinner, tantalizing everyone at the table with the most lovely holiday-spiced aroma.
The crumble emerges triumphant after about an hour, with golden crumbs and a bubbly, jewel-toned filling. It’s sweet and tart, buttery and flavorful, comforting and indulgent all at once. Enjoy!!Print