A number of months ago I applied to become a part of the Secret Recipe Club. They were full, but were accepting applicants to put on a waiting list. Off and on, as I came across other bloggers who were lucky enough to be members of the club, I would get a little wistful. I felt like I was in high school again, waiting to see if I had “made it into The Club”.
Remember how important it was in high school to be a part of something, even if it was being a part of the nerd bunch? By the way, I was a nerd and I came to not mind it at all. So much less stressful! But that’s a blog post for another time. Right now, the focus is on finally getting to be a part of the Secret Recipe Club and getting my first assignment.
This month I was assigned the blog “Betcha Can’t Eat Just One” by Katie, who lives with her husband and three young children in British Columbia. Katie has been blogging since 2009 and has a blog full of delicious treats. It was tricky trying to pick out just one thing to try. I finally settled on Cranberry Apple Crisp because it was one of Katie’s personal recipes.
If you are thinking, “Oh yeah, she probably just tosses in some Craisins,” think again. Katie uses whole cranberry sauce in this crisp and it is really delicious, bringing that tart cranberry taste to contrast with the expected sweetness of the apples, sugar, and cinnamon. There was another surprise, too. Katie used brown sugar instead of white sugar. Nice call.
Apple crisp, to me, embodies all that is autumn and is one of my very favorite desserts. The whole cranberry sauce adds some unexpected flavor and makes me think about the happy times to come in the Holidays ahead.
I only made some minor changes to the recipe, for personal preference:
- I dotted the apple mixture with butter prior to adding the whole cranberry sauce.
- I replaced the cornstarch with flour and increased it to 4 teaspoons, namely because I like a little thicker syrup.
- I doubled the crisp layer…it’s my favorite part. I’m a sucker for flour/butter/cinnamon/oats baked all crispy-crunchy.