Chef's Table Recipe: Apple Cranberry Crisp

A Dessert from The Green Table Pastry Chef Hsing Chen

Dec 18, 2008 — -- For a simple, yet satisfying dessert try this recipe from inside the kitchen of The Green Table.


Apple–Cranberry Filling

1 ½ pound apples, medium diced (3 ½ cups)

¼ cup sugar

1 ½ cup whole fresh cranberries

1 ½ teaspoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons butter


1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup oats

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup sugar

1 cup of sliced almonds

½ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

2 sticks butter, room temperature, cut into chunks


Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Toss the apples with sugar, cranberries, and cornstarch. Melt butter in a heavy bottomed pan and add apple mixture. Mix well and cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until the apples begin to soften. Put mixture into ramekins or a 2-quart baking dish.

Combine flour, oats, brown sugar, almonds, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a mixing bowl. Blend butter in with your fingers and palms until mixture is crumbly. Cover apple filling with crisp topping. Bake for about 8 minutes or until the mixture bubbles.


Using different kinds of apples, some tart and some sweet makes for a much more layered and nuanced flavor.

Make the topping by vigorously rubbing your hands together as if drying them under an air dryer.

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