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Butter doubles the apple flavor

November 09, 2008

Apple butter gives this dessert a double hit of apple flavor while adding sweetness and spice as well. Look for it with the jams and jellies at your market. For convenience you can make this crisp a day ahead, then reheat it while eating dinner. It's even more scrumptious when topped with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt.

Start to finish: 1 hour 20 minutes (20 minutes active)

Servings: 8

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup light brown sugar
3 tablespoons canola oil
6 large apples, such as McIntosh, peeled, quartered and thinly sliced
2/3 cup apple butter
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar and oil. Using your fingertips or a fork, work the mixture together until crumbly. Set aside.

In a large bowl, toss together the apples, apple butter and cranberries. Transfer to a 7-by-11-inch baking dish. Sprinkle the reserved flour mixture evenly over the top.

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Bake the dish for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the topping is browned and the apples are tender when pierced with a knife.

- Associated Press

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