Sunday, December 9, 2012

Baking Apple-Cranberry Crisp with Love ♥

A delicious recipe was shared on facebook group. I have never made anything like it, it was a Cranberry relish. I always did Ocean Spray Cranberry sauce out of a can, so taking a chance to make a Cranberry relish that consist of real whole Cranberries was out of my comfort zone. I am so glad I did, it turned out so well. Then I decided to take the recipe a step further and make a Crisp after Big A said this relish taste like an apple pie.

We took 1 bag of Cranberries, 2 cups of pineapple, and 10 apples. Big A and Z Man peeled and cut all the apples, they were Jonagold apples. I used a little electric chopper, but you could uses a full size food processor, or chop by hand. Lil A and I poured the fruit, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and 1 Tablespoon of flour into the baking pan and stirred the mixture right in the pan. This is the unconventional way, of course a bowl would be better for even coating of the fruit.

Next we made the Crisp or the topping for this amazing dessert. Normally, I make my crisp without oats and I use plain organic sugar. However, this time I experimented with oats and brown sugar. I am so glad that I did, the brown sugar adds another level of sweetness that plain sugar does not give. It's the difference between adding real maple sugar to your pancakes and some generic sugar syrup, there is no comparison in the delight of your palate from real maple sugar. Just as there is no comparison in the delight your palate will experience with brown sugar in this recipe.

One of my favorite movies is Como Agua Para Chocolate or Like Water for Chocolate and although it is known for its political and social messages. What I love about this movie is the Love that is expressed through Cooking. Although, I do not like the mundane cooking of everyday life, I would hire a cook in a heartbeat, I do love preparing special meals and adding my love and creativity to them. I also love the process of cooking with my Beloveds, passing on and teaching a skill that they will use to nourish and give love to their family. One of the hardest parts about cooking is breakfast, it takes alot of time from our morning and I must admit I have gotten a little spoiled from all the hotel stays with Humble Dad. There is nothing like having a fresh omelet, hash browns, and pancakes awaiting you when you wake up. Embassy Suites & Hilton Garden does that nicely. I feel bad giving my children processed Eggo waffles and processed fortified cereal, but homeschooling and cooking every morning was not working for me. So what was my solution, we are starting to make fresh breads- banana, blueberry, cinnamon apple, oh my! on Sundays to eat throughout the week. And that my dear readers is what you see in the background of the above picture.

The next step is baking this Crisp at 350 degrees. My Beloveds love to put on the light in the oven and watch items bake.

Bake to a golden brown . Then Bon Appétit! ♥  We served it to our guest for our Seekers Circle on Sunday nights with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It was so goooood!

Please download the recipe cards for the Apple-Cranberry Crisp and the Cranberry Relish in pdf form here, for long lasting cards laminate them. You especially want to laminate the cards to give to children. Laminated recipe cards, in my opinion is so much better than books that can get damaged by liquids or little wet hands. It is also adds a depth of sensory to the cooking process and a sense of excitement when you think of the box as a treasure box. By having a recipe box that your children know they can go to, read and follow provides them with the Life skill of independence in the kitchen.

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  1. Mmmm looks delicious! I don't normally eat cranberries.

    1. Funny! That's what one of my guest said, but she did like it. As women, cranberries are great for the body, it is unfortunate that our culture only defines eating them one time of year and then we only drink it in cocktail form. Some stores no longer carry fresh cranberries now Thanksgiving is over, but I did see a bag in Whole Foods yesterday. I am tempted to make and freeze cranberries to enjoy throughout the year just for optimal bladder and uterus health.

  2. I just got some fresh cranberries from Whole Foods yesterday. I always buy extra and freeze a bag to use later in the year. Your recipes look great ... thanks so much for the free recipe cards! Your idea of baking breads for the week sounds lovely, too. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page:


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