Cranberry Fool October 12, 2012Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Vegetarian Recipes.
Tags: Apple Crisp, Cranberries, Cranberry Sauce, Marmalade, Recipes
When I’m in the right frame of mind, I love to cook.
I tend to strike while the oven is hot without worrying overmuch about whether all necessary ingredients are in residence in sufficient quantities.
Often, they are not.
That’s where the fun of cooking comes in . . . the art of making do with what we have where we are. No shopping required.
Now, I will be the first to admit that you cannot make Apple Crisp without tossing apples into the mix.
But what if you have a few apples fast approaching their useful expiration date AND some cranberries that have out-stayed their welcome ~ might they pair well together?
Yes! Apple Cranberry Crisp . . . a delicious fall dish.
As I peeled and sliced the apples, I realized I had no lemon juice in the house. Not a drop. Undeterred, I reached for the orange marmalade and coated the apples with a few tablespoons of the pectin laced preserves.
The marmalade worked its magic to keep the sliced apple from turning brown before heading into the oven.
While the Apple Cranberry Crisp baked, permeating the villa with delicious aromas, I pondered what to do with the other bag of cranberries that had been loitering about the freezer for far too long.
I decided to search the data banks over at Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide and found just the thing . . . Cranberry Sauce made in the oven!
I had most of the ingredients on hand in the correct quantity:
Cranberries ~ check
Sugar ~ check
Orange juice ~ check
Orange zest ~ check
Brandy ~ nope, not a drop of brandy to be found.
I know, I checked.
Call me a Cranberry Fool if you will . . .
I substituted Maple Mist ~ a maple liqueur which is a more potent potable than its next-of-kin, maple syrup.
Best. Cranberry. Sauce. EVER. Thanks, Greg!
The Apple Cranberry Crisp wasn’t half bad either . . . but it is half eaten:
Aah . . . that’s better!
Related recipes: Cranberry Fool (Taste of Home) * Cranberry Fool (Neo Homesteading) * Christmas Cranberry Fool (One Big Bite) ~ a “fool” is a dessert made by folding pureed fruit (here, cranberry sauce) into whipped cream.