Oh my gosh. When I was making this and the orange zest hit the cinnamon and apples... my kitchen smelled like Fall and Christmas all at the same time. It was really something else. I almost left the orange zest out - it would have been a huge mistake. It absolutely made the dish.
I made this as part of a really casual dinner we had with friends. This crisp, along with my Italian Beef & Vegetable Stew was the perfect Fall dinner.
Apple Cranberry Crisp
If you're not a cranberry fan, you can easily leave them out and just have an apple crisp, but the tart cranberries make it really special for me.
I soaked the dried cranberries in the orange juice to plump them up a little bit while I made the filling. As I mentioned, the orange zest really put this over the top.
I peeled and chunked the apples, then added flour, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Then I added the cranberries in orange juice and tossed it all together. I used this deep baking dish from Target which worked perfectly... I think it was $10!
I topped it with the crisp mixture of butter, sugar, salt and flour. It is basically a crumbled buttery sugar cookie on top. Yum.
Ready for the oven, or fridge/freezer if you're making in advance.
Hot and bubbly!