Saturday, October 3, 2009

Cran-Apple Crisp - Cranberry Coast - Pink Saturday

Sunset on the Cranberry Coast in the state of Washington.

Harvesting cranberries.

The flavors I most associate with fall are those of apple, pumpkin and cranberry. I'm especially fond of apples and cranberries and love the way they compliment each other in desserts. This is, hands down, my favorite crisp and it's the cranberries that set it apart from its competitors. I knew a bit about cranberries and how they were grown but my knowledge was superficial. I wanted to learn more. Fortunately, I live in an area where they are raised. If you hop in a car and drive along the coast on US 101 you'll come to an alternate loop that takes you to Gray's Harbor and the Cranberry Peninsula. The peninsula was settled by Finnish farmers who found the conditions they needed to grow cranberries here. The soil was an acid peat, fresh water was plentiful and the growing season extended from April to November. The berries grow on low vines in layered beds called bogs or marshes and where no natural bogs existed they could still be built. The topography was conducive to commercial farming of cranberries. They proceeded to build bogs and started a cranberry industry in the area. As is often the case in these communities, there is a harvest festival each year. It includes a bog tour and a cook-off. The event is nicely done and great fun for first-timers. It's the type of event I search out and enjoy. I have a very strange bucket list and, fortunately, a husband with a sense of humor. I know you'll love this crisp. Give it a try.

Cran-Apple Crisp...from the kitchen of One Perfect bite


5 large Golden Delicious or Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
2 cups fresh or frozen whole cranberries
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
Crumb Topping
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 granulated sugar
1/3 cup light or golden brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup toasted chopped walnuts
1/2 cup butter, room temperature

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a 9 x 13-inch pan or 8 1-cup pyrex ramekins with nonstick spray.
2) Combine apples, cranberries, granulated sugar, lemon juice and salt in a large bowl. Mix well. Transfer to a baking pan or individual ramekins. Set aside.
3) To make topping, combine flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, oats and nuts in a large bowl. Cut in butter until the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle topping over cran-apple mixture.
4) Bake until berries are juicy and topping is lightly browned, about 40 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. Accompany with ice cream or whipped cream if desired. Yield: 6 to 8 servings.

They post is being linked to Pink Saturday, sponsored by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound.


Deb in Hawaii said...

I love how nice it looks in the glass--pretty layers.

Christy said...

Just signed up to follow your blog. It's beautiful and yummy and smells good too!! How ever did you manage all that?

I would just love to see that bucket list of yours. I haven't made one yet!

CC said...

Each time I visit your pretty blog, I get hungry. All your food looks so do you ever manage to do it all??? Happy Pinks and have a great weekend.

Regina said...

I love the sky, the cranberry and the apple crisp. Wonderful. How awesome. Thanks for sharing Mary.
Happy Pink Saturday!
XO Regina

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

prettiest blog post of the day... very nice

Abatevintage said...

Oh what a lovely pink Saturday post. I love the cranberry picture. It looks like so much fun, I just want to hop right in there and jump around with the cranberrys :0)

Have a great pink Saturday.


Rettabug said...

Your recipe for Cran-Apple Crisp looks & sounds delicious! I've been watching & waiting for fresh cranberries to arrive in the grocery stores here in Ohio. We cam only get them around Thanksgiving, so I will have to stock up the freezer when they arrive.

Thanks for sharing your recipe!

p.s. BEAUTIFUL photos!!

KathyB. said...

Oh yes! I will have to make this. I love apples and cranberries too, especially baked together. I did not know the facts you wrote in your post. We live close enough to go see the bogs for ourselves and maybe even enjoy the festival. Thank-you, I love trips to grays Harbor.

Donna-FFW said...

How elegant of a dessert that is. I love the layered look and the color is stunning.

Martha said...

Apples, cranberries and pumpkins ARE fall! I've made Ina's cranberry, pear apple crisp and it is really good -- the cranberries (although dried) do make it tastier! I'll have to try your version.

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

I love cranberries and always freeze a few extra bags to have on hand throughout the year.
Happy Pink Saturday.

Anonymous said...

this looks delicious I think we would call it a crunmble. I love reading your blog it is so inspiring and this post is so cool i can't imagine living just down the road from that beautiful sky and all those amasing cranberries.

Debbie said...

Perfect for this time of year and I also love your apple cream cake. So beautiful!

Katy ~ said...

Isn't that funny? I lived in Massachusetts for years and years with all their cranberry bogs nearby, and never once did I have a crisp like this. Now, with cranberries coming into season, I am definitely going to have to try this as I'm a great fan of apple crisp.

Hootin Anni said...

I'm sooooooooooo copying THIS one. And I'm gonna make it. REAL soon.

I love cranberries. Freshly cooked into a sauce...canned, and even dried.

Yum, yum...good for the tum.
And love the photos. I never knew there was a Cranberry Coast along Washington's shores! Wow...beautiful photo.

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

What a lovely post to wake up to. Your writing, pictures, and recipes are a treasure.

Jade Creative said...

I'm going to try this recipe.
We just went out to the orchard and picked apples, so it's everything with apples these days. I'm also a cranberry lover.
Have a wonderful pink saturday!

Carol at Serendipity said...


This looks wonderful - like all your recipes!

Happy Pink Saturday.


Jane F said...

One of the best things about Fall are the ways to use apples and cranberries and you've captured that deliciously in your crisp recipe, Mary. Just perfect.

Sue@MyArtsDesire said...

Oh, Mary!
Your photos are stunning! The recipe looks absolutely delicious. We're planning to head to the mountains next weekend and I'm going to try this recipe at our cabin. I'll be the only girl amongst a pack of young men and a husband...the perfect audience for which to prepare such a yummy looking recipe!

Thank you for sharing,

Selba said...

Wow! so many cranberry! It looks so pretty... I wish I could get fresh or dry cranberry here, we only have the imported juice here which is very pricey.

Happy Saturday, Sam :)

Suzie Button said...

What a gorgeous sunset and the cranberry bogs are amazing too! Happy PS! Suzie

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

Your sunset picture is just gorgeous. I thought it was a watercolor, at first.
Cranberries are so pretty as well as delicious and your crisp makes ny mouth water!

Thru Pink Curtains said...

you have such wonderful recipies and a great pnk skies also. wonderful blog this morning and great picktures to compliment each other. recipe worth a try!!! have a great day.

Bobbi Jo Nichols said...

Happy Pink Saturday Mary! I just love the pictures but I must say the upclose picture of the cranberries and the cup are my favorites. I just love pictures of beautiful and you always have them. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Great post...I have to show my hubby...he was interested in how the bogs came to be and how the berries grew. He grew up on a farm and it never left him. :0)

bj said...

O, Mary...I do love cranberries...I keep dried ones to go in cookies, cereal, CHICKEN SALAD!!
this crisp sounds just delicious.Can't wait to try it..
Have a wonderful weekend and....cook something up great!!:)

Glennis said...

What a stunning photo. And you know, that part of Washington is one of my favorite places. We love Long Beach Peninsula - that light!

How nice to visit your blog and see a reminder of that part of the world.

Happy Pink Saturday.

♥Mimi♥ said...

Winter is just around the corner in my neck of the woods and I won't see much pink in my garden again until at least April so THANK YOU for the wonderful blog entry and for giving me a little pinkie-lift today!

Your recipe is a KEEPER!

Hoping that your weekend is filled with laughter and sunshine☺

♥ Liz ♥ said...

Two more delights this week. The sunset and the recipe.
¸.•´¸.•*´¨) Happy Pink Saturday
(I borrowed this idea from Llyn M)

Jorgelina said...

I love the sky.
Happy Pink Saturday.

AK said...

What a wonderful post! I`m signing up as a follower, I can`t wait to see what comes next!! From AK;)

Anonymous said...

Your blog is so pretty! Your grandsons are adorable - and what sweet daughters. You are a blessed woman! Happy Pink Saturday!

Catharina Maria said...

I love that pink sky and the cranberries too .In the Netherlands there is an isle where they also grow . The name is Schiermonnickoog .
Love from Rini

My Little Space said...

OMG, this is so delicious! Yummy recipe. I'll sure try. Thank you.

Martha@A Sense of Humor is Essential said...

This will be wonderful for the holidays. I love cranberries, such a wonderful little fruit. I send my best for a wonderful week and Happy P.S.!

CA Verstraete said...

Love the sunset and you are making me hungry too. ha! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Pink Saturday!
Chris Verstraete
Searching For A Starry Night, A Miniature Art Mystery Friends, a dog, dollhouses and a search for a missing mini Van Gogh!

Geli said...

Mary, what an amazing post. I do not know much about cranberries, but I love drinking the juice. So I learned some more today.

I loved the interesting photos you added, too. Your cookery is amazing. Oh and I drifted further down to the Apfel Sahne Torte, now, now, don't entice this German here ;-))

Have a wonderful weekend!

Char said...

Beautiful and looks good too. Thankyou once again for a great looking recipe. I love cranberries. Happy Pink Saturday, Char

Happily Retired Gal said...

I do love cranberries and your delightful recipes look tasty indeed. Amazing pink sky view ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Michelle said...

Hi Mary-this Cran-apple crisp sure does look temping, I even have some of the same type of glass to put it in. Happy PS.

lisa said...

What an absolutely yummy dessert. Cranberries are one of my favorites. I can't wait to give this recipe a try. Your presentation is awesome too.


Unknown said...

I love fall because of all these flavors and I didn't even think of cranberries, yum.

Ruth said...

Your photos are stunning and recipes mouth-watering!

Vicki said...

Hi, Mary,
I have always loved apple crisp (it does seem like the perfect autumn dessert), but I had not ever had one that included cranberries. I am going to give this one a try!! Thank you for sharing it with us and also for the history on cranberries in your neck of the woods. I hope to make it to your beautiful part of the USA one of these days. The sky was spectacular, too. Happy Pink Saturday to you!! Vicki

Charlene said...

Mary, thank you for sharing this Cran Apple Crisp! It looks divine. You are so blessed to live in such a beautiful area. I have fallen in love with the coastal areas of California & Oregon. I NEED to come on up 101 (or Hwy 1) to see Wahingtons coast too. I sent your Blog post to my hubby with a note that I wanted to travel this area in our trailer. Hee Hee do you think he'll take the bait? Thanks for sharing & for stopping by to see me.

Claudia said...

Beautiful post and will try the crip, also. We get our cranberries from nearby WI, I love them. Yours looks so pretty. I may copy your arrangement!

Betzie said...

Yum, sounds so good and a great fall dish too! Thanks for sharing! Will give it a try...:) HPS!

Candy said...

No cranberries in the kitchen but I do have the granny smith apples think I just might make a warm dessert for this evening. It's down in the lower 70's...burrrrr ;-)
Thanks for stopping by today, Cheers!

tracy said...

That's interesting,I had no idea how cranberries were grown.I sure do love them,and the dessert that you presented today is eye-delectable.

Susie Jefferson said...

As always, stunning AND mouthwatering! What colours!

Happy Pink Saturday, sweetie

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Oh, I love CRANBERRIES!! I will have to try this!!

Thank you for visiting me today!

I'm a teeny bit behind in visiting . . .


black eyed susans kitchen said...

Mary, The pictures of the cranberry bogs are amazing...and beautiful! I will be trying your recipe tomorrow. It looks delicious and right up our alley. Thank you.
♥, Susan

Beverly said...

Mary, this looks delicious. I wish I had some right now.

I've always wanted to see how cranberries are grown and harvested. It looks so interesting to me.

Happy Pink Saturday. That sky is gorgeous.

LV said...

I would dearly love to visit a cranberry place. I love cranberry sauce. I can just eat it by itself. Anything with them in is good to me. Thanks for sharing.

Martha's Favorites said...

Love your pink Saturday picks. Do you think, if I followed your blog I could learn to cook? You make it look so easy. Blessings, Martha

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Lovely sky and ...Mmmm..looks like a wonderful combination for a crips!

I enjoyed learning a little emore about cranberry growing and harvesting. I would be excited to see something like that too!

Happy Pink Saturday!

Abatevintage said...

Mary thank you for stopping by to visit me today, what a wonderful visit. I am glad you enjoyed it. Have a wonderful weekend.


Barbara Jean said...

Hi Mary,
I sure do appreciate all your visits.
Wish i liked to cook more, as your recipes always sound soo good. =0))

Aren't the cranberry bogs fascinating?
We have them on the coast here too. More southern Oregon, so have not been for years, but so coool.

blessings on your weekend.

barbara jean

Anonymous said...

That is problably the most beautiful pink sky that I have ever seen.

The Cran Apple Crisp sounds wonderful.

Cinnamonstitch said...

oh my goodness,your my new favorite blogger. Love the recipe, Im going to try it tomorrow. YUMMMMMMMY.
Thank you for sharing

Unknown said...

Que delicioso se ve, gran presentaciĆ³n.
Happy Pink Saturday!!!

Boo-Bah AKA Iris said...

What wonderful pictures. The sky in the first photo was so beautiful it was breathtaking.
The recipe sounds delicious. I love apple dishes and have learned to love cranberries in the last 5 years. I don't know why I ever thought I didn't like them.


pinkkandy said...

Happy Pink Saturday....
I am always late checking everyone's blog..but it is better late than never ...right? We are headed to a Jars of Clay concert tomorrow night!!!I will post pics next week...Thanks for stopping by...
God Bless You MORE!!!!!!!

Tara said...

I didn't know there was a market for cranberries near Grays Harbor. My parents used to have a home in Ocean Shores and we never heard this,it's very interesting. Your recipe sounds delicious, I've bookmarked it to come back later and copy it down. Happy Pink Saturday and have a wonderful weekend!

Robin said...

Fabulous post....I love apples and cranberries too.
I have to smile though because Beverly still has me on the list and I haven't been playing Pink Saturday for months now.
She is so sweet.
But I am so glad you stopped by.
And I thank you....and I shall help myself to your yummy recipes as well.
Have a beautiful Sunday.

Elena said...

Ooh, I love the gorgeous colour in your pics .... and you've added another lovley sunset too.
Thank you for visiting me - I've enjoyed your post.

Have a great week.

ciao for now,
Elena :)

La Drome said...

I have never seen more lovly photos of Cranberrys.

Nancy said...

This sounds very good for a NE fall. Happy Pink Saturday! (just a little late)

GwendolynKay said...

Thank you so much for visiting me and leaving the kind comment. Everything on your blog looks sooooo delish! I will choose something and make it this week!

Gabriela said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

What a wonderful post!

~ Gabriela ~

Hello Matilda! said...

Thanks for your visit!
Glad you enjoyed my little pink fairies!


maybelle's mom said...

Oh, I love this post. amazing pictures.

Lori said...

I am so excited for cranberry season! whahoo

Anonymous said...

Mmm,cran/apple crisp! Sounds good. My aunt used to make a pie at holidays that included fresh cranberries,dates,raisins,and pecans all boiled together. That's one of my all-time fav pies.
Love the pink sunset.
I didn't know they grew/harvested c'berries in WA state.

Jannabis Wellness said...

Love your photographs! We have cranberries and apples here in Massachusetts so I'll have to make this! Thanks.

A & W said...

So late in commenting on this but I have always wanted to go Cranberry harvesting. BEAUTIFUL pictures! Thanks for an amazing post Mary.
- Whitney

Unknown said...

I haven't made apple crisp in a long while - this is so tempting. It's the perfect dessert for cold winter nights (especially w/a scoop of vanilla ice cream).

Unknown said...

Wow! Keep it up, that looks fantastic.

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