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A Recipe for Cran-Apple & Maple Crumble with Cranberry Sauce & a Cuisinart Giveaway

I don’t know what it is about this time of year, but my tastes sure change. Yes, there are the obvious changes {like my pasta consumption being of the baked, rather than salad variety, or hot cocoa becoming a legitimate food group}, but there are the not-so-obvious ones too: like wanting dessert. Every night. Maybe nature is taking hold of my body and willing it to pack on some extra weight for the winter months – a survival instinct of sorts {if this is true, nature is a jerk}.

Cranberry-Apple & Maple Crumble with Cranberry Sauce

Thankfully, there are some pretty delightful ingredients teeming out of produce baskets at the market; fantastic fruits {Apples! Pears! Cranberries! Oranges!} that are superstars when it comes to creating cosy, winter-inspired desserts. With all their natural flavour, it’s not even necessary to dip anything in chocolate, coat it in sugar, or bathe it in butter. Nope, the simpler the better.

So the other day when that predictable, all-consuming {okay, I’m being a little dramatic} craving for dessert occurred, I opted to make the most of the assortment of fresh goodies I picked up at the market earlier – notably, the apples and cranberries. I combined them with maple syrup {ooh}, vanilla {ahh}, and cinnamon, blanketed them with a crunchy crumbly topping, and baked the entire thing until my entire home was infused with the drool-worthy combination of scents.

Cranberry-Apple & Maple Crumble with Cranberry Sauce

With the leftover cranberries, I made a simple sauce – one that was tart enough to stand apart from the crumble itself, but not so sour that it left my face in a position that I’d be concerned about if the wind shifted.

Maybe my dessert craving is less of a survival instinct and more of an appreciation for the tastes of the season after all. Instead, nature is taking hold of my mind and willing it to get creative with all of the flavours of winter {if this is true, nature’s not such a jerk}. It’s actually kind of perfect; ingredients and recipes like this are ideal for holiday entertaining {and, apparently, daily indulging}.

Cranberry-Apple & Maple Crumble with Cranberry Sauce

Now, for the good stuff: to celebrate the season and all of the deliciousness it has to offer, I’ve got an awesome giveaway for you, courtesy of Cuisinart! It’s a SmartStick™ PowerTrio™ High Torque Hand Blender – a hand blender, food processor {that chops, shreds, and slices}, and whisk all in one; plus, it comes with a handy 16 ounce mixing/measuring cup and almost the entire thing is dishwasher safe.

To enter to win, just leave a comment below and let me know what you’d use the hand blender for during the holiday season. Would you be whipping up meringues or creamy toppings for decadent desserts, chopping up veggies for a spectacular side dish, or blending up the cosiest of warm winter soups and stews?

The contest closes at midnight {MST} on December 11, and is open to Canadian residents {sorry, it’s a shipping thing} only. The winner will be notified by e-mail on December 12. – This contest is now closed. Congratulations, Cheryl! –

 

Cranberry-Apple & Maple Crumble with Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry-Apple & Maple Crumble with Cranberry Sauce
Serves 4-6

FILLING
Ingredients:
3 medium apples, quartered and cores removed
2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon lemon juice
¼ cup pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
½ teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly oil a baking dish of your choice (a deep pie dish, or medium-sized casserole dish works great).

2. Place apples and cranberries in a food processor and pulse until roughly chopped; transfer to the prepared baking dish. Stir in the remaining ingredients and set aside.

TOPPING
Ingredients:
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup large flake oats
2 tablespoons oat bran
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons oil (grape seed or canola)
¼ teaspoon lemon juice
3-4 tablespoons milk

Instructions:
3. In a large bowl whisk flour, oats, oat bran, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Add oil, lemon juice, and enough milk so that when you mix with a fork you have a crumbly mixture. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over top of the filling, cover with a lid or aluminum foil, and place in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until the filling is bubbling up the sides.

SAUCE
Ingredients:
2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
¾ cup water
4 tablespoons pure maple syrup (plus more, if necessary)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions:
4. Place all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low, and let it simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the cranberries break apart. Remove from heat, and, using an immersion blender, blend the sauce until desired smoothness is reached. Alternately, continue to cook over low-medium heat while stirring until berries are broken down enough to reach desired consistency.

TO FINISH
5. Scoop crumble onto dessert plates, finish with a spoonful of sauce. Enjoy!

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  1. LGG12-03-12

    This looks so handy! I can imagine using it for all sorts of dishes, but I was JUST looking at a recipe for royal icing to top gingerbread cookies–this blender would be perfect for whisking it up. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  2. Stephanie Arsenault12-03-12

    Oh, it would be perfect for royal icing, Laura! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  3. Diana K12-03-12

    This would be so helpful for my Mom’s potato casserole, plus chopping fresh herbs- which I use on EVERYTHING! ;-)

  4. Vincci12-03-12

    I miss having my mom’s hand blender! So convenient for making soups versus ladling batches into the blender and risking burning yourself when you get too greedy! Also, I’ve heard you can make mayo pretty easily with a hand blender.

  5. Elizabeth S.12-04-12

    This looks delicious! I would use a hand blender for soup. Right now I’m pouring them into my food processor to blend them, which is messy AND time consuming!

  6. Danelle12-04-12

    Chopping veggies!! I’d be more inclined to cook in the evenings if I didn’t have to do it by hand. Especially soups – mmmmm.

  7. Stephanie Arsenault12-04-12

    Sounds delightful, Diana!! Good point on the herbs, I didn’t think of that!

  8. Stephanie Arsenault12-04-12

    Vincci and Elizabeth, it’s perfect for soup! Especially those hearty, comforting soups in the winter.

  9. Yvonne Tsui12-04-12

    This sounds like a kitchen appliance I wouldn’t consider clutter! I desperately need a food processor that will slice potatoes so that I can make my beloved Potato Gratinée recipe. The emulsifier can help me make my grandmother a nice puréed butternut squash soup (she can only eat honey-thick consistency foods), and the whisk would be a miracle when I bake up my soufflées. OMG I want it!

  10. Angie Q12-04-12

    Soup, soup, soup….my reason for being this time of year !

  11. miranda12-04-12

    oh i would use it for so many things from dessert to smoothies but i would also like to try some soups

  12. Stephanie Arsenault12-04-12

    Soup, soup, soup! Soup sounds good to just about everybody right now, doesn’t it?

  13. Suzy12-04-12

    Would love to win this to make winter soups and some Xmas sweets!

  14. Michelle12-04-12

    I’d start by using it for soups and smoothies. :)

  15. Dave12-04-12

    I love to add some creap to my soups then blend it to a nice creamy and smooth consistency. This blender would be perfect for that.

  16. Jenn12-05-12

    Soup, most definitely. Sometimes just the extra effort of having to blend cup by cup of soup in my small food processor is enough to turn me off of making a batch. I’ve been eyeing a handheld one for awhile…

  17. Tammy Crocker12-05-12

    There are so many things I could use this hand blender for! But if I had to choose just a couple of examples they would be… to blend my homemade pasta sauce for something savoury and to re-emulsify my ganache for my chocolate and eggnog tarts for something sweet.

  18. Andrea J12-06-12

    Yum! I usually only make crisps in the summer but this post has me inspired to make one right now! I would use a hand blender for making fancy holiday cocktails ;)

  19. Kelly12-06-12

    I love crumbles! I’d use the blender to make yummy warm soups for my baby! It would be super handy and easier than using my huge blender.

  20. Sarah12-06-12

    Mmm, looks yummy. If I won the mixer this would definitely be dessert- and asparagus soup for dinner! All that chopping would go twice as fast, I may even have extra time to fill family member’s freezers.

  21. Maria12-06-12

    I would use it for just about anything! Soups, desserts, and anything else I can experiment with!

  22. Carmen12-06-12

    I’d use it to make butternut squash soup. and then there’s pumpkin pie, soups, stuffing for turkey, peppermint meringues, whipped cream for more pies!! So i’m starting to dream of food now..mmm :D

  23. Stephanie Arsenault12-06-12

    Oh, all of these great ideas are making me hungry! I think fancy holiday cocktails sound especially delightful.

  24. lily12-06-12

    I’d make a big batch of my homemade hot chocolate for my family after a day of skiing/snowboarding.

  25. Charlene Waldal12-07-12

    I would make pavlova . And lots of other yummy things.

  26. Cheryl12-07-12

    Oh my, I’d make butternut squash soup for sure, also, macarons, and I feel it would come in handy for all my upcoming Christmas baking endeavors! I have found myself want a food processor several times in the kitchen and this would be perfect, plus it would help me eliminate some other cluttering gadgets in my kitchen!

  27. Riley12-07-12

    I would use it to make the very tasty Berry Meringue Fools we made in our last Start From Scratch class this fall. I wish the class could all year though, really opened my eyes to all of the tasty options out there and how fun it is to cook.

  28. Mindy12-07-12

    This hand blender would be so useful for desserts, making vegetable/fruit purees to use in all sorts of recipes, and making sauces and soups from scratch. My friend gave me a healthy recipes book that uses purees and I’d love to start trying out those recipes!

  29. Stephanie Arsenault12-07-12

    Oh, Cheryl! Macarons! What a great idea!

  30. Kendra12-10-12

    I would love to win the hand blender to use for my Xmas baking this year, especially for cookies! With a new little one this year, it would help tremendously as a one stop shop machine.

  31. Ed C12-10-12

    It’s all in the sauce, so gravy for the turkey woooooohooo

  32. Holly H12-10-12

    I would definitely whip up a batch of butternut squash soup, and a carrot ginger soup. I would make organic puréed baby food and probably a 1000 other things!!! Good luck everyone and thank you Stephanie for the fantastic giveaway :)

  33. Lisa C12-11-12

    That dessert looks amazing. I love dessert, but I like it on the not-so-sweet side best. And I have a particular weakness for crumbles.

    That is one heck of a nice kitchen tool, I would love to give that to my daughter who’s just left home and doesn’t have many kitchen tools of her own yet. Thankfully she’s close enough that we can still cook together, which mostly happens at my house because I have more tools for the job. Would be nice if she could make more things at her house so I could come for dinner there though :)

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