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Cranberries and apples create a special dish

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Cranberries are always associated with the holidays! Whether it's Thanksgiving or Christmas, this tangy, colorful fruit goes hand-in-hand with turkey and all the wonderful trimmings. Cranberries are only available fresh for a limited time during the year, so stock up a few bags now for your freezer and you can enjoy this fruit throughout the year.

Other than cranberry sauce, cranberry salad and even cranberry bread, there's another way to utilize cranberries. Try combining them with apples to make "Cranberry Apple Casserole". This is a unique, yet tasty, side-dish that will go very well with the holiday turkey here at Christmas. Some choose to serve this as a dessert, so either way you choose to serve it will be equally as good!

You begin by combining cranberries with apples and sugar. For baking, choose a good apple designed for baking, such as the Rome Beauty or the Granny Smith variety. Any apple that lends itself to cooking would work well in this and any other recipe that calls for it to be baked. This goes into a casserole dish with some water. Melted butter, uncooked oats, brown sugar, flour and chopped nuts are combined and go over the fruit. After baking for one hour, it's ready to be enjoyed, whether it's with the turkey or as a dessert.

Since this recipe calls for brown sugar and apples, here's a trick to remember when you have brown sugar that has hardened. Place the hardened brown sugar in a plastic bag, like a Ziploc bag, along with a slice of apple. Let it stand for a few days and your brown sugar should be soft and pliable again, ready for use.

If you would like another good hot fruit recipe, here's one I passed along a while back for "Curried Fruit", which is particularly good with ham. To get this recipe, follow this link:

http://www.examiner.com/article/fruit-with-the-flavor-of-curry

Another way to use apples besides in this casserole would be in a breakfast casserole and here's a link to a video that shows you how to make "Apple French Toast Casserole":

http://www.examiner.com/article/christmas-morning-breakfast-apple-french...

If you've never tasted cranberries and apples together, let this recipe show you how great they go together!

CRANBERRY-APPLE CASSEROLE

  • 3 cups chopped, unpeeled apples
  • 2 cups whole, raw cranberries
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 cups raw quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts

Wash and pick through the cranberries. Combine with the apples and 1-1/2 cups sugar. Turn into a greased, shallow 9-inch dish Drizzle water over all. Combine remaining ingredients and spread over fruit. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Yield: 6-8 servings.

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