People that hoard things fascinate me. I wonder how they could live with the excessive amount of whatever it is they are hoarding: dogs, rats, newspapers, shoes, and maybe handbags.
I recently discovered I am sort of a baking hoarder. Open one of my kithen cabinet doors and out will tumble the evidence! I have extreme amounts of chips: chocolate (semi-sweet, sweet, mini, regular), butterscotch, mint, white. Nuts: walnuts, hazelnuts, blanched slivers of almonds. Cranberries. I was hoarding cranberries in the depths of my refrigerator. Just the other day my mom pulled them out and couldn’t believe her eyes. Bright and gorgeous! They were ready to be baked! I just hated to bake the last bag of fresh cranberries. I just had to do it!
You could make these Mini Crumbles with just apples. You could get frozen cranberries and add them if you fancy cranberries like I do. Some people don’t like the tartness of cranberries. Like my sister-in-law, for example. She wouldn’t touch these because of the cranberries. That’s ok…I’ll eat her portion!
Today is National Pie Day! This is my sort of pie contribution! That is why I made the crust on the bottom of each ramekin so they could be almost like a pie!The most romantic day of the year is around the corner! I think these are a wonderful dessert to make for your sweetheart. Chocolate is a given; you know it makes hearts go pitter-patter. This could be a sweet surprise for your better half! These Mini Crumbles may make your love’s heart skip a beat…or two!
Winter Apple-Cranberry Crumble
yield: 8 (1 cup) ramekins or 1 9-inch pie
4 medium apples, peeled and cored,quartered and sliced thinly
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
1 tablespoon lemon juice or orange juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 sticks cold butter cut into pieces, cut into small pieces
1 cup brown sugar
1 dash cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a medium sized bowl, toss the apples, cranberries, brown sugar, and lemon (or orange juice). Toss until the mixture is evenly coated with all the ingredients.
In a large bowl, add the flour, brown sugar, and dash of cinnamon. Working with a pastry blender, incorporate the butter into the flour/sugar mixture until it is nice and crumbly and in pea sized pieces. Pat down in each ramekin about 2 tablespoons to make crust in the individual ramekins or pie plate. Spoon in the fruit mixture in each ramekin. Sprinkle on another 2 tablespoons of the crumble mixture to the top.
Bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until the crumble is a pretty golden color. If you bake in the pie 9 inch Pyrex, bake for about 35 minutes.
recipe by me!
Try to stop yourself from digging your fork in a ramekin steaming hot right out of the oven! You could prevent your tongue from being scorched by adding a little scoop of vanilla ice-cream on top.
Here is how the crumble mixture should look.
The crust part of the ramekins patted down nicely.
If you are using a Pyrex pie plate, here is how your crust on bottom should look.
The fruit spooned in nicely on top ready for the crumble mixture on top.
And here are the little pretties ready to be baked to perfection.
How was your weekend? I hope it was relaxing and you are feeling well. I read that a lot of my friends have been fighting something. I hope you are healthy and eating some thing sweet and wonderful. Thank you for stopping by today!!
PS: What are you secretly hoarding? SHH…you can tell me! I won’t tell a soul!
PPS: I upset one commentor tonight. Let me clarify: I am being silly as I sometimes am in my writing. My intention is not to offend people that do have a serious hoarding problem (besides hoarding obscene amounts of baking supples). I happen to have a close family member that is a real hoarder...I'm not talking just baking supples. I wish I could help this family member. Don't take me too seriously, people. I do have a heart and feel for people that hoard in a way that is disruptive to their lives.