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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Spicy Autumn Crisp

I was looking through myrecipes at their 5 star recipe section and found this recipe during the month of October.  The ingredients sounded interesting--pear, granny smith apples, pitted dates and molasses.

Let me tell you this is GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD. I would make it every week if I had a rabbit metabolism. It is just that good.

I didn't make any changes to this recipe, oh wait I did. I used allspice instead of ground cloves because I didn't have any ground cloves.

Only 5 people gave this an average rating of 5 out of 5 but if you try it, trust me, you'll like it.

The only issue is that I had to buy a whole box of gingersnaps to make this. However, to remedy this, we're having friends over for dinner this week and I'm making brown sugar cheesecake with cranberry compote.

YUUUUM, I wish I had more right now.

Recipe by Cooking Light, October 2000

Yield: 9 servings


  • Topping:
  • 9  gingersnap cookies (such as Nabisco)
  • 1/4  cup  granulated sugar
  • 1/4  cup  packed light brown sugar
  • 2  tablespoons  all-purpose flour
  • 1/4  cup  chilled butter or stick margarine, cut into small pieces
  • Filling:
  • 3 1/2  cups  chopped peeled Granny Smith apple (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 3 1/2  cups  coarsely chopped peeled Bartlett pear (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1/2  cup  chopped pitted dates or golden raisins
  • 1/4  cup  molasses
  • 3/4  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 1/2  teaspoon  ground ginger
  • 1/8  teaspoon  ground nutmeg
  • 1/8  teaspoon  ground cloves


Preheat oven to 375°.
To prepare topping, place cookies in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs form to measure 1/2 cup. Combine cookie crumbs, sugars, and flour in a medium bowl; cut in the butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture is crumbly.
To prepare filling, combine apple and remaining ingredients in a large bowl; toss well. Spoon apple mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish or a 1 1/2-quart casserole. Sprinkle with topping. Bake at 375° for 45 minutes or until bubbly.

Nutritional Information

Calories:246 (25% from fat)
Fat: 6.9g (sat 3.6g,mono 2.1g,poly 0.6g)
Protein: 1.3g
Fiber: 2.7g
Cholesterol: 17mg
Iron: 1.4mg
Sodium: 69mg
Calcium: 54mg

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