Apple-cranberry Crisp with Polenta Streusel Topping

In anticipation of the OíDonnellís WildCard Saturday Party, I made a dessert. Unfortunately, I donít have a photo of it, so Iím going to borrow this one from Bon Appetit. Just know that it looked almost as good. Promise.


Here is the recipe.

The ingredients for the topping:


1 teaspoon aniseed
1 1/2 cups pastry flour
3/4 cup polenta (coarse cornmeal)*
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 large egg, beaten to blend

The ingredients for the filling:


2 cups fresh cranberries
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated orange peel
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Vanilla gelato or ice cream
For topping:

Toast aniseed in small skillet over medium heat until slightly darker in color, about 3 minutes.


Place seeds in processor. Add next 5 ingredients; blend 5 seconds.


Add butter; blend, using on/off turns, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Transfer mixture to large bowl. Drizzle egg over and stir until ingredients are evenly moistened.


For filling:
Preheat oven to 375įF. Combine first 8 ingredients in large bowl; stir to blend.


Add apples and lemon juice; toss to blend. Transfer filling to 11x7x2- inch glass baking dish (or other shallow 2-quart baking dish).

Crumble topping finely over filling. Bake dessert until apples are tender, juices bubble thickly, and topping is crisp and golden, about 1 hour. Cool 15 minutes. Serve crisp warm with gelato.

*Sold at some supermarkets and at natural foods stores and Italian markets.

From Bon Appetite, Dec. 2007.

11:01:00 on 01/05/08 by liz - Category: Recipes


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