White Chocolate Cheesecake with Cranberries (Instant Pot)

White Chocolate Cheesecake with Cranberries (Instant Pot)

A light and luscious white chocolate cheesecake  that is definitely a showstopper! It’s so easy for you to make in the Instant Pot.  No need to fuss with a Bain Marie (water bath) that regular oven recipes require.  I make all of my cheesecakes in the Instant Pot now.  In keeping with the lightness in flavour, the vanilla Oreo cookies make a perfect crust. This recipe makes a a lovely ‘tall’ cheesecake in the 7″ springform pan, and will serve about 8 people.  You can make the cheesecake a day or two before serving it as well.

And don’t you think it’s just so pretty?  A beautiful addition to your holiday baking, and what about as a homemade food gift for your host or hostess? Make sure you pin the recipe coz your friends are definitely going to want this one!  This is definitely going to become your favorite cheesecake of all time! I’m actually taking it to work, for a team meeting tomorrow.

white chocolate cheesecake with sugared cranberries on white cake plate with white background

 

You will need:  Instant Pot, 7″ springform pan, parchment paper, White Chocolate Almond Bark (for garnish), cream cheese, white chocolate chips, eggs, sugar, cranberries, whole berry cranberry sauce, heavy cream (35%) fresh lemon & unsalted butter. 

Recipe rating: beginner/intermediate – not too hard, but you really need to follow the instructions exactly!

white chocolate cheesecake with sugared cranberries on white cake plate with white background

CRANBERRY WHITE CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE BACKSTORY

When I was girl growing up, I remember my Mom always made a beautiful dessert for Christmas Dinner.  She loved to “fuss with the table” as she called it, bringing out all of her best china and silverware, Christmas napkins and sweet little ornaments.  We didn’t have Elf on the Shelf back then!  I still have some of her collectibles, I just can’t part with them.

Christmas is often bittersweet for many of us, and I’m no exception.  I remember the last Christmas holiday I got to spend with my Mom and Dad and I would give anything to get that time back.  But today I’m blessed to be able to celebrate the joy of the season with my stepfamily, my husband Mark’s amazing children, and now a beautiful grandchild.  I’m not as close with my step-children from my first marriage, and it makes me sad sometimes, but I understand that they have their own lives to live.

I’m sharing these things because I expect that everyone has their own memories or experiences that revolve around the ‘festive season’.  And I guess my message is that don’t beat yourself up if you can’t put a Hallmark Christmas together.  In my experience, and remember I’m a Grandma now, it’s the time spent together, more than the presents or perfect dinner tables.

Last month I made a recipe using cranberries – Cranberry Cherry Tarts with Almond Glaze and it was a hit!  So I realized that I wanted to make another recipe using cranberries!  I wanted a real showstopper recipe for my Christmas desserts feature.  This White Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecake would be perfect to take to our daughter’s for Christmas Eve.  Our son-in-law absolutely loves cheesecake.  I got the idea for this recipe from a copycat recipe for the Old Cheesecake Factory – the one that is white chocolate and raspberries?  So I thought, what about white chocolate and cranberries?

Now my Instant Pot Mint Chocolate Cheesecake recipe is just so good, easy to make and the creamiest ever!  I adapted that basic recipe, added in some deliciousness, like melted white chocolate, whole berry cranberry sauce, and sugared lots and lots of cranberries.

I didn’t want a regular graham cracker base, gingersnap or chocolate cookie crumbles.  Have you tried Golden Oreos?  Now that is just so much goodness packed into one little sandwich cookie.  The vanilla flavours blend perfectly with the white chocolate and cranberries in the cheesecake too.

Isn’t it beautiful?  Well, let me tell you, it tastes beautiful too.  I brought this one to work, for my last team meeting of the year, and everyone just loved it!  Not a scrap was left.

white chocolate cheesecake with sugared cranberries on white cake plate with white background

TIPS TO MAKING A PERFECT WHITE CHOCOLATE CRANBERRY CHEESECAKE

  1. Sugar the cranberries the day before you are going to bake.  They take about two hours in total to set up, and will keep in the fridge for about a week.
  2. Follow the instructions carefully.
  3. Have all of your ingredients, especially the eggs and cream, at room temperature.
  4. The cooking time, and cooling times are just right.
  5. Garnish the cake with white chocolate ganache, sugared cranberries and white chocolate almond bark

 

white chocolate cheesecake with sugared cranberries on white cake plate with white background

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This 7″ springform pan is perfect to make your Instant Pot Cheesecake.  And it also includes extra sealing rings for the lid!  Sometimes these rings take on the odors of the recipe you just made, so it’s recommended to have rings for savoury foods and rings for sweet ones!  I think this is a really good deal too!

IF YOU LIKED THIS RECIPE…..

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white chocolate cheesecake with sugared cranberries on white cake plate with white background

WHITE CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE WITH CRANBERRIES (INSTANT POT) RECIPE

Your first bite of this amazing white chocolate cheesecake won’t be your last, guaranteed! The delicate white chocolate, vanilla and cranberries, are a wonderful combination of sweetness, with just a bit of tart from the cranberry sauce!  The sugared cranberries are just so easy to make, and take this instant pot white chocolate cranberry cheesecake to the next level.

The white chocolate ganache is so easy for you to make and it looks beautiful dripping down the sides don’t you think?  You can add the white chocolate almond bark to the top for garnish that takes this White Chocolate Cheesecake to a whole new level. And you will have lots of sugared cranberries to give as gifts!  If you are feeding a crowd, may I suggest making two cheesecakes?  Your family will be oh so glad you did. 🙂

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white chocolate cheesecake with sugared cranberries on white cake plate with white background
White Chocolate Cheesecake with Cranberries
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Resting/Chilling
2 hrs
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 

This White Chocolate Cheesecake is so creamy, and the sugared cranberries are divine!  Make it in your Instant Pot and you will never bake a cheesecake in a regular oven again.  

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: North American
Keyword: white chocolate cheesecake
Servings: 8
Calories: 751 kcal
Author: Judy
Ingredients
Crust
  • 3/4 cup Oreo Cookies Golden (vanilla), crushed
  • 2 1/2 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
Filling
  • 3 pkgs Cream Cheese pkgs 8oz
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk at room temperature
  • 3/8 cup whipping cream 35% fat
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips melted, slightly cooled
  • 4 tbsp cranberry sauce whole berry
White Chocolate Ganache
  • 1/2 cup cream Heavy, 35% fat or more
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
Instructions
Instructions
    Crust
    1. Crush the Vanilla Oreo Cookies in a food processor until crushed, add melted butter and sugar blend well
    2. Press into your 7" spring form pan, that has been well greased and lined with parchment paper on the bottom.
    3. Press up the sides just a bit
    4. Put in the refrigerator to chill while you make the filling.
    Filling
    1. Using your mixer, blend the cream cheese, sugar, and lemon zest until creamy.
    2. Add the eggs and egg yolk, one at a time, blending lightly.
    3. Add the cream, and blend this by hand, just until it disappears
    4. Pour half of the cream cheese filling onto the crust
    5. Drop 2 tbsp cranberry sauce over the top. Pull a stick or skewer lightly through the top to create a marbled effect.
    6. Pour the remainder of the cream cheese filling on top and do the same with the rest of cranberry sauce.
    7. Getting the Instant Pot Ready
    8. Pour one cup of water into the bottom of the pot
    9. Place the trivet in the bottom of the pot
    10. Put the cheesecake on top of the trivet inside the pot
    11. lay a piece of paper towel on top and lightly put a piece of aluminum foil on top of that
    12. Close the pot and make sure the vent is set to 'seal'
    13. Set the timer for Pressure cooking High for 40 minutes with a Natural Release of 15 minutes
    14. Remove the cheesecake from the pot and let it sit on the trivet for one hour, keeping it covered
    15. Refrigerate overnight before garnishing
    White Chocolate Ganache
    1. Put the chocolate chips in a small bowl

    2. Put the cream in a medium saucepan, and cook over medium heat until its foamy but not sticking to the pot

    3. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate chips, wait about 20 seconds and then stir until the chocolate is glossy.  The ganache is ready to use when it reaches 35 degrees F.

    Garnish
    1. Spoon the Ganache around the edge of the cheesecake so that it drips down the sides.  Spread the ganache over the top of the cake and let it set. 

    2. Decorate with Sugar Frosted Cranberries
    3. Enjoy!
    Nutrition Facts
    White Chocolate Cheesecake with Cranberries
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 751 Calories from Fat 504
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 56g 86%
    Saturated Fat 31g 155%
    Cholesterol 230mg 77%
    Sodium 434mg 18%
    Potassium 271mg 8%
    Total Carbohydrates 54g 18%
    Sugars 47g
    Protein 10g 20%
    Vitamin A 35.1%
    Vitamin C 0.8%
    Calcium 17.1%
    Iron 11.3%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    21 Ways Hygge Makes Winter Cozy

    21 Ways Hygge Makes Winter Cozy

    How to survive winter? Well, if you live where winter brings darkness and cold harsh weather, you probably just want to crawl into bed and pull the covers over your head for the next four months. Am I right? What if I were to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way.

    That in some countries, winter is embraced and celebrated, with candles, coziness, firelight, and friendship.  Where people just come together and share a meal, or settle indoors with a big chunky blanket, a cup of tea and a really good book.  Sounds great right?  Well it’s real.

    There really is a way for all of us to survive winter with joy, mindfulness and creativity.  The concept is Hygge, a way to bring coziness and happiness into your life every day.  I’ve got a list of 21 ways to feel happy in winter – from big cozy sweater, and hot buttered drinks by the fire, to a family game day.  What about Random Acts of Kindness?  Or visiting shut-ins during the holidays.  We’ll show you many creative ways, for little or no cost, to find joy and embrace the challenges that winter brings.  Sound like fun?  I thought you would like this.

    We’ve also curated a lovely little shop of Hygge gifts and you can check it out below!

    WHY HYGGE?

    Once we get past Thanksgiving (October in Canada and late November in the United States) well, the days are definitely shorter.  I get up in the dark and come home in the dark.  Ugh.  At this time of year people fall into two categories: The “I hate winter” group or the “How to survive winter” category!

    Even our dogs get confused.  Now I’m not sure a mini schnauzer and a wheaten terrier understand the benefits of Hygge and Coziness, but I’m pretty sure they’ve picked up on the fact that I’m really ok with winter these days, and actually enjoy the cold, the exercise, and the coziness with my chunky knit blanket, beautiful fat white candles, a great book, and quiet time for snoozing.

    For many, the idea of Hygge makes them feel cozy.  What do I mean by that?  Well I think many of us are searching.  Searching for a peaceful and cozy life.  But to do that we need to let go of some things, in my opinion.  Things like perfection, keeping up with the neighbours, and our obsession with technology.  We need more conversations, more quiet moments, mindfulness and reflection.  I think I’ve been searching for a Hygge Life for a very long time.  I’m getting there, but we still have so many distractions right?

    If you are enjoying this post, we’ve written extensively about Hygge.  While typically enjoyed during the winter, the Danish, you can live Hygge all year long.  You can Live Hygge in Spring and summer hygge has so many possibilities!

    Hygge falls into so many categories too, like self-care, personal development, mindfulness, simplicity, home decor, and my favourite – happiness.  Yep, plain old happiness.  What could be better?

    HOW TO SURVIVE WINTER WITH HYGGE FAQs

    What is Hygge living?

    Hygge living does not require you to buy anything, change your lifestyle or diet.  Hygge life is all feelings.  Like those feelings you get when visiting a dear friend you haven’t seen in a long time.  That feeling you get when remembering a happy childhood memory.  It’s listening to your child share their excitement about snow, tobogganing or Christmas.

    What is Danish Hygge?

    Hygge is often stated as the “Danish art of happiness” and The Little Book of Hygge describes the concept in detail. The Danes believe that Hygge is about togetherness, comfort and the experience itself, of being together or enjoying comfort and coziness on your own.

    How can I survive winter?

    Surviving winter is no joke.  And we’re not talking about winter camping here – but then again that might be kind of fun!  And there are fun ways to winter camp!  I would suggest that getting through winter, surviving the short days, cold weather, and general annoyances that go with the season, is about adjusting your mindset.  Using Hygge in winter opens up many opportunities to embrace the challenges that winter will throw at you.  We’ve listed twenty-one, but before we get to that, go light some lovely candles, set up some soft music, make a cup of tea and relax.  We’re going to help you plan your Hygge Winter activities.

     

    Is Denmark dark in the winter?

    Danish winters are cold and dark, with days that appear to be much shorter than we have in North America.  Sunrise is typically around 9 a.m. with sunset at 4 p.m.  Even on our shortest day of the year, the Winter Solstice on December 21st, in Canada and the Northern United States, a typical sunrise starts at 7:30 and the day darkens by 4:30 ish.

    Which is why Hygge is comforting, and helps the Danes deal not only with the cold and darkness, but often the depression that people can suffer as a result.

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    We’ve curated a delightful shopping store full of Hygge gifts, candles, books and chunky blankets.  Just click the link.

    21 WAYS TO FEEL HAPPY IN WINTER

    So, how to get through winter?  Here is our list of ways that we think are cozy, fun, and definitely cheerful!  We’ve even got a free printable Hygge Planner for you to download so that you incorporate some of these events into your life over the next few months!

    Cozy up your home – Fat white candles, chunky knitted throws, essential oils, soft pillows, it’s all about creating coziness for you and your family.

    Random acts of kindness – During the holidays there are so many that are not as fortunate as you and I are.  Our daughter actually gathers friends and for one night, travels around the city, giving out small gift cards, fresh flowers, and tiny boxes of chocolates.  You can make this whatever you want, maybe even create an annual event.

    Visits to shut ins – Winter means ice and snow, and our elders who may be in assisted living aren’t able to get out and walk.  Their families also may live far away.  If you have a bit of time every week, even 30 minutes, a visit to your neighborhood retirement home will be gratefully received.

    Get outdoors –  One of the biggest challenges that winter presents is the lack of sunlight, and many people suffer from seasonal affective disorder or SAD?  Just a few minutes of daylight per day will chase the winter blues away.  Get up from your desk and go for a walk at lunchtime.  It really makes a difference!

    Weekend retreats – This could be something as simple as visiting your folks for the weekend, and that will cheer them up too!  Or if you are able to check in to a country inn, or hotel in the next town, maybe where there is a winter festival happening.  I found that there are tons of coupons available on these types of weekend getaways too.

    Family game day – This is one of our favourites!  Put down the smart phones and mobile devices and get out the board games, card decks and checker boards!  Having a tournament with small prizes adds extra fun and excitement.

    Family dinners – Sundays were traditionally the day for family dinner, but we are all just so busy these days.  Call up your family and/or friends and talk about a theme – maybe a vegan dinner, or all appetizers?  You can personalize this any way you like and send out fun invitations.

    Host a potluck – No time to cook?  No problem?  Create an easy menu that family and friends can contribute to, pick a date, clean up the house and be the hostess or host with the most!  This is a great idea, especially after you’ve just decorated the house for the holidays, or there has been a really long spell of bad weather.  Everyone has cabin fever!  What about a Caribbean theme?

    Try a new drink (cocktails by the fire) – After a day of tobogganing or skating at city hall, be sure to have all the fixing for that new drink you just read about online. Oh, and we don’t let a little detail like not having a fireplace stop us from enjoying a fire.  You can ‘stream’ a crackling fire on YouTube or from your local cable company any ole time!

    New recipes – When they’re forecasting snow all weekend long?  No problem.  Pull out your slow cooker or pressure cooker and try out some new recipes!  We’ve got lots for you to choose from.  Being forced to stay indoors by the weather, just means you have lots of time to experiment and have a yummy experience as a result!

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    Cozy clothes – The concept of Hygge is all about cozy, and that means big bulky sweaters, fun leggings, and my favourite – reading socks!

    Hygge Home Decor – When we think about creating a cozy home it’s about big soft pillows, fat white candles, blankets, aromatherapy, soft lighting.  Make your bedroom a Hygge Retreat by including some of these delightful items.

    Knitted afghans – You know those afghan blankets that people knit with their arms?  I think they are amazing, and look so soft and cozy, I might not want to leave that blanket for a whole day.  🙂

    Learn to knit or crochet a scarf – So to follow my thoughts about those chunky arm knitted blankets, why not learn to make one yourself?  I can’t think of anything easier, and there are tons of ‘how to’ videos on YouTube and the web.

    Make a hygge playlist – Create your own, or you can actually choose a Hygge playlist with Nordic music on Apple or Spotify!  Relaxed gentle music, soft jazz, depending on your mood.  Or something bright and sparkly!

    Cozy movie list – Ask your friends for recommendations, but chances are Netflix or Crave have you covered.  Like the Hallmark Christmas movies that play this time of year, there really is a tremendous choice out there.  We love cooking shows, dramas, and stories about overcoming adversity – you know when the underdog character wins the day?  Now that’s uplifting.

    Hot drinks – Cocktails might not be your thing, but that’s no problem! Hot mulled wine, Spiced Apple Cider, Exquisite Teas – maybe Chai? All add to a cozy – I’m not going outside today – atmosphere.

    Candles, mood lighting, fairy lights –Creating your own cozy atmosphere is very important, and applies to your personal space, hosting a potluck, or when you invite some friends over just because.  We love fairy lights, and use them all year round – you know those mini lights you put on your Christmas Tree?  Grab a bunch at your local dollar store and get festive! We’ve also got a neat article about creating your own special place with a  DIY fairy light project.

    Unplug from technology – You really have to do this.  I really have to do this.  We are all so connected to our mobile devices and it’s epidemic.  How do we experience intimacy, coziness and happiness while scrolling?  Try to put your phone away for a certain period of time during the day.  Say 30 minutes to start.  Put it in a spot where you have to get up off your chair in order to use it.  Or even better, in another room.

    Staycation – Stay at home vacations can be so much fun!  It gives you the opportunity to get out and experience your community, local festivals, and just enjoy the warmth and coziness of your own home!  Appreciate the fact that there is a storm raging outside, and you are inside, in your lovely home, snug as a bug.

    Practice mindfulness – what does this mean? As much as possible stay in the moment.  Listen to what your friend is telling you and look into their eyes while they are talking.  Stop the hamster wheel in your head that is going over the huge list of things to do.  Appreciate how the snow feels on your face, the warmth of a winter sun, the smell of your grandchild while they sleep in your arms.  How does the book you are reading make you feel?  Try journaling to capture those special moments throughout your week.  Have you tried Morning Pages?

    At the end of this post, please download your very own Hygge Planner.  I’d love to hear about the things that resonate with you, and if you have tried any.

    xo, Judy

    Easy Rugelach Recipe | How to Make Delicious Rugelach Cookies

    Easy Rugelach Recipe | How to Make Delicious Rugelach Cookies

    This easy rugelach recipe is one that you will definitely want to add to your collection of holiday desserts.  We’ve included step by step instructions below, you just can’t miss.  You might want to get your family involved too, since making the cookies is definitely a labor of love.  Just be sure to include about 2 hours of time for chilling the sweet pastry dough into your schedule.  I love to make them in early December because this is a cookie that freezes beautifully.  Even if you don’t celebrate Hanukkah, they are just too pretty not to bake!

    You will need: apricot preserves, walnuts, cinnamon, butter, all purpose flour, salt, cinnamon, cocoa, cream cheese, vanilla extract, sugar and powdered sugar. 

    This post was originally published December 20, 2017 and updated December 5, 2018.

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    EASY RUGELACH RECIPE BACKSTORY

    So here we are on the last night of Hannukah and in a few days celebrate Christmas.  We celebrate both holidays in our family and I feel so blessed to be able to do so.  Some years the calendar determines that Hanukkah falls right in the middle of Christmas and that’s just fine with us!

    Raspberry Dream Bars are another classic Holiday Desserts recipe, and we have a great recipe for you to try!

    Plate full of Rugelach Cookies, sprinkled with powdered sugar, christmas tree in background

     

    However even though Mark and I have been married 9 years (where does the time go?) this is the first year I’ve made Rugelach to have at Hanukkah.

    Had I known they were so easy to make, and had this easy rugelach recipe to use, they would have made a regular appearance!

    And while these sweet morsels of goodness are typically served to celebrate during the eight days of Hanukkah, I plan to bake a batch for Christmas, since I think they are the perfect Winter Cookie, and go really well with a big mug of hot chocolate.  Know what I mean? 🙂

    There are lots of different rugelach fillings.  I chose a traditional filling of apricot jam, walnuts, cinnamon and cocoa.  For my next batch I’m going to use mini chocolate chips!  The possibilities include just about any type of preserves or jam that you love, plus cinnamon and of course chocolate.  Yum! Yum!

     

    RUGELACH COOKIES FAQ

    • Can Rugelach be frozen after baking? You sure can!  There are two ways to freeze Rugelach.  You can freeze the discs of pastry dough before you make it into cookies, or you can freeze the baked cookie (much easier I think!) Both for about three months.
    Mom’s Delicious Apple Crisp – Easy Recipe!

    Mom’s Delicious Apple Crisp – Easy Recipe!

    This old fashioned apple crisp is so rich and full of sweetness it is truly a taste of home.  Mom’s Delicious Apple Crisp is one of the easiest recipes I know of, that you can stop by the store on the way home, and present your family with this awesome apple crisp in a matter of minutes.  Just core and slice some apples (I often add pears too!) and toss them in a bowl with sugar, butter and some lovely cinnamon.  The topping is just as easy, more sugar, oatmeal, butter and cinnamon.  The secret to getting a crunchy apple crisp, one that’s bubbling with butter and apple juices is to make sure it bakes to the right temperature.  And I show you how in my Tips To Make An Awesome Apple Crisp just below!

    This post was originally published on September 4, 2016, updated on July 20, 2018 and November 26, 2018. 

    You will need: two varieties of apples, bosc pears (optional), brown sugar, white sugar, butter, cinnamon, oatmeal, flour, Grand Marnier Liqueur (optional) 

    Mom's delicious apple crisp with whipped cream in two red serving dishes

    MOM’S DELICIOUS APPLE CRISP BACKSTORY

    I like to prepare the apples just like I was getting ready to bake an apple pie.  My post about my Mom’s Apple Pie…. shows you what I mean.  When you mix the varieties of apples, and the spices, like ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon, the result is amazing!  And I always add a little lemon and lemon zest to bring out that sweet, juicy tartness.

    This apple crisp is one of those classic recipes that I often make up as I go along!  Sometimes I mix in oatmeal, sometimes just flour, and then again I’ll mix both.  I think the secret to a great apple crisp is the apples and how you prepare them and also the crunchy sweet topping that is full of butter, brown sugar and other earthly delights!

    Mom's delicious apple crisp with whipped cream in two red serving dishes

    My mother-in-law was a wonderful baker and this is her recipe.  I would often drop in at my in-laws for dinner after work and there was almost always a home baked dessert.  As soon as I walked in the door, I knew apple crisp was on that night’s menu!  The delicious smells of baked apple, brown sugar and spices created such a wonderfully warm and comforting atmosphere.  Home.

    A generous square of this sweet dessert, topped with a scoop of ice cream, well you just can’t beat it.  And with fall just around the corner, farmer’s markets, local food stands and grocers will be displaying fresh fall apples.

    I’ll be making a trip to the country to get those early fall apples, McIntosh, Braeburns, Granny Smiths, and Melbas to name a few.  They are so beautiful and smell so good when they are freshly picked.  My favorite apple is a McIntosh, and I often blend Granny Smiths with them for baking.

    mom's delicious apple crisp getting ready to baked with butter, apples, pears, and dry ingredients in a green bowl with a red napkin and bottle of grand marnier

    MOM’S DELICIOUS APPLE CRISP FAQ’s

    Recipe Rated: Easy. 

    How do you make good apple crisp from scratch?

    1. Peel all the apples and slice them thinly
    2. In a large bowl mix the apples, sugar, butter and spices
    3. Spread the apple mixture in the bottom of a  well greased 13 X 9 baking dish
    4. Spread the topping over the apples
    5. Top with pats of butter (I use lots of butter!)
    6. Bake, let cool and serve with a big ole scoop of ice cream!

    What is the difference between apple crisp and apple crumble?

    • The difference between an apple crisp and apple crumble is the topping.  Apple crisp has oats, sometimes nuts, and bakes with a crunchy top.  An apple crumble is usually sugar, flour and butter, so that it crumbles rather than crunches.  Ha Ha, I think that makes sense!?

    TIPS TO MAKE AN AWESOME APPLE CRISP

    1. Slice the apples thinly, thick pieces of fruit won’t bake as well
    2. Grease the baking dish well.
    3. Follow all of the instructions carefully.
    4. Make sure all of the apple slices (and pear) are well covered with sugar and spices!
    5. Place a sheet of aluminum foil loosely over the top of your apple crisp when you put it in the oven.  This allows the dish to steam and bake evenly. Remove during the last 15 minutes.

     

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    I love these baking dishes by Le Creuset.  They are so heavy and have different sizes! And of course in my favorite color, cherry red!

     

    IF YOU LIKED THIS APPLE CRISP RECIPE YOU MAY ALSO LIKE…

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    There are lots of versions of apple crisp recipes for you to try.  If you want a Healthy Apple Crisp Recipe, be sure to check out the Ambitious Kitchen!

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    We have amazing apple recipes here on You Can Live Rich On Less – these are some my favourites!

     

    MOM’S DELICIOUS APPLE CRISP

    So here you go.  The best apple crisp recipe.  An old fashioned baked apple dish that is sure to warm the hearts of everyone who tries it.  And it will fill your home with a delicious aroma of baked apples and cinnamon sweetness.  This easy Apple Crisp recipe evokes memories of childhood, cozy kitchens, and a time of plain simple food.  Create some of those memories for your family & friends. That’s my wish for you. xo

    If you like this recipe, please give it a 5 star rating.

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    Mom's delicious apple crisp with whipped cream in two red serving dishes
    Easy Apple Crisp Recipe
    Prep Time
    25 mins
    Cook Time
    35 mins
    Total Time
    1 hr
     

    An easy to make and bake apple dessert, full of crunchy goodness, brown sugar, butter, this fall & winter classic is always a crowd pleaser

    Course: Dessert
    Keyword: easy apple crisp recipe
    Calories: 3931 kcal
    Author: Judy
    Ingredients
    • 6 apples medium
    • 2 bosc pears
    • ½ c white sugar
    • ½ c brown sugar
    • 1 tbsp. flour
    • 1 tsp Cinnamon
    • ¼ c Butter
    • ½ fresh lemon squeezed
    • 1 tsp lemon zest
    • 1 tsp Grand Marnier Liqueur
    For the Topping
    • 1/2 cup flour
    • 1/2 cup coarse oatmeal
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350F
    2. Grease a 9" square baking dish
    3. Peel, core and thinly slice the apples like you would for a pie
      mom's delicious apple crisp getting ready to baked with butter, apples, pears, and dry ingredients in a green bowl with a red napkin and bottle of grand marnier
    4. In a large mixing bowl, place the apples, sugars, flour, cinnamon and lemon
    5. Toss until the apples are well coated
    6. Place the apple mixture in the bottom of the baking dish spreading it evenly
    7. Cut the butter into small pieces about the size of a nickel and place them randomly over the top of the apple mixture
    8. Mix the topping ingredients together in a separate bowl and making sure the butter is spread and mixed well.
    9. The topping should clump together in your hand.
    10. Spread the topping thickly over the top of your apple mixture.
    11. Bake in the oven at 350F for 55 minutes or the best timing for your oven.
    12. Top with freshly whipped cream or ice cream and Enjoy!
      Mom's delicious apple crisp with whipped cream in two red serving dishes
    Nutrition Facts
    Easy Apple Crisp Recipe
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 3931 Calories from Fat 1269
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 141g 217%
    Saturated Fat 88g 440%
    Cholesterol 366mg 122%
    Sodium 562mg 23%
    Potassium 2087mg 60%
    Total Carbohydrates 690g 230%
    Dietary Fiber 39g 156%
    Sugars 569g
    Protein 14g 28%
    Vitamin A 98.7%
    Vitamin C 82.6%
    Calcium 41.2%
    Iron 43.8%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    Mom's delicious apple crisp with whipped cream in two red serving dishes

     

    Cranberry Cherry Tarts With Almond Glaze

    Cranberry Cherry Tarts With Almond Glaze

    Sweet juicy cherries and tangy cranberries are a perfect combination for a holiday dessert – Thanksgiving or Christmas!  Just look at these little Cranberry Cherry Tarts topped with an Almond Glaze.  Just like a cranberry mini pie right?  That delicious buttery pie crust creates a melt in your mouth tart, just the right size after an enormous holiday meal.  Not too sweet, not too tart, and just the perfect little morsel.  We think the almond glaze takes these cranberry pies to a whole different level, don’t you?  And I’ll show you my no fail pie crust recipe, really making these mini pies is just so easy.  And you will wow your holiday guests with these exquisite little desserts.

    You will need:  butter, flour, tart tin, cranberry cherry pie filling, icing sugar, milk, sliced almonds, almond extract, light corn syrup.

    Pinterest Image of cranberry tart on white plate showing cranberry cherry filling

    Now you’re probably thinking that cranberry and cherry will be too tart, and you really don’t have time to fool around with pie crust.  Just trust me ok.  You’ve got this!  My Cherry Pie recipe gets rave reviews, and those are from beginner bakers too!  Of course, I just love the rich ruby red of the filling when combining these two fruits. And that almond glaze is just amazing.  You could almost call this a cranberry almond tart recipe.

    plate of cranberry cherry tarts with almond glaze

    Pretty as a picture, these Cranberry Cherry Tarts with Almond Glaze have just a bit of the cranberry filling peaking out!

    Now in my Cherry Pie recipe, I show you how to make the filling from scratch.  But it’s the holidays right?  I wanted to create a recipe that would help you out by saving some precious time, but still deliver a Rockstar dessert.

    cranberry tart on white plate showing cranberry cherry filling

    We just couldn’t wait to dig in to these amazing cranberry tarts!

    CRANBERRY TARTS BACKSTORY

    The idea for cranberry tarts came about by accident.  I was looking through my Grandma’s old recipe book, and this clipping from an old magazine, dated 1954 fell out.  Really!  And there they were, these adorable cranberry tarts.  Now the picture shows a lattice pie crust top, but I was looking for something a little more sophisticated but wouldn’t take much effort.   I found just the recipe at The Food Charlatan!  She has amazing recipes, so be sure to check them out!  The beauty of the glaze is that you put it on the top of the mini pies after they are baked and cooled.

    I love to make special desserts for the family around the holidays, don’t you?  We have four adult children, and a little granddaughter, and everyone has their favorite recipe.  My son-in-law loves cheesecake.  Our youngest son goes for those big chocolate chip skillet cookies.  Everyone has their special favourite and it fills my heart to create special treats for them.  I’m sure you are just the same.  A labour of love to be sure.

    cranberry tart on white plate showing cranberry cherry filling

    We filled the tarts 2/3 full so that the filling wouldn’t bubble out too much when baking! Just look at that fat cherry!

    Now here’s the pie crust video.  I have several, but I think this is the best one for these tarts.

     

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    plate of cranberry cherry tarts with almond glaze

    We toasted the almonds slightly to add a nutty almond flavour to the glaze on these awesome cranberry tarts.

     

    TIPS FOR PERFECT CRANBERRY TARTS

     

    1. Use a good quality pie filling. Some of the cheaper, no name brands have lots of filling, but very little fruit in my experience.
    2. Make your pie crust the day before. You can follow the video I’ve provided and let your pie crust rest in the refrigerator until you are ready to roll it out.
    3. Grease your tart tin well with butter. I use a muffin tin for my tarts.
    4. Fill the tarts no more than 2/3 full. Any more and the filling will bubble up and run all over.
    5. TIP: Place an aluminum foil tray or just a large piece of foil in the bottom of your oven to catch any drips.
    6. Follow the instructions carefully.
    7. Let the mini pies cool completely before storing in an air tight container until you are ready to serve.
    8. Apply the glaze to the mini pies at least two hours before you are ready to serve. Or you can apply it after they cool, and store them in the refrigerator until you are ready.

     

    cranberry tart on white plate showing cranberry cherry filling

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    This muffin tin is the exact one I use to make this cranberry tart recipe. It’s reasonably priced, and has really good ratings.  I’ve always try to use Wilton bakeware whenever I can.

    Looking for other Holiday Dessert Ideas?  Here’s a few reader favorites, easy to make, and lovely to behold!

    There are a number of great Cranberry recipes out there, especially those that use cranberry apple as the main ingredient.  I love the recipe at Homemade Hooplah for Cranberry Apple Puff Pastry Tarts.

    CRANBERRY CHERRY TARTS WITH ALMOND GLAZE RECIPE

    These little cranberry tarts are just so perfect, easy for you to make, and a delicious treat to serve to your family and friends.  See how the pie crust flakes when you push your fork into it?  I know, right?  Now you could probably even be super decadent and put a big spoonful of whipped cream on top.  But that’s up to you, I just love the tarts as they are.  I think they could certainly rival those of Martha Stewart don’t you?

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    cranberry tart on white plate showing cranberry cherry filling
    Cranberry Cherry Tarts with Almond Glaze
    Prep Time
    30 mins
    Cook Time
    35 mins
    Making Pie Crust
    20 mins
    Total Time
    1 hr 5 mins
     
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: North American
    Keyword: cranberry tarts
    Servings: 12
    Calories: 367 kcal
    Author: Judy
    Ingredients
    • 2 cups flour all purpose
    • 1 cup butter unsalted, cold
    • 1/2 cup water ice cold
    • 2 cans cherry pie filling cranberry cherry
    • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
    • 2 tsp milk maybe 3
    • 1 tbsp corn syrup light
    • 1/4 tsp almond extract
    • 1/4 cup almonds sliced
    Instructions
    Pie Crust
    1. Put the flour into your food processor

    2. Cut the cold butter into small chunks and add it through the chute of the food processor a bit at a time.  

    3. Pulse and slow add the cold water through the chute.  Pulse until fully blended

    4. Shape the dough into a an oval, cut in half and then wrap each piece in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to roll out the pie crust

    Making the Tarts
    1. Roll out your pie crust on a silicone pie mat or baking sheet

    2. Grease your tart tin, and using a pastry cutter, cut circles that will fit the tin and provide for a small overlap on the top.  You will need 12.  

    3. Fill each tart with cranberry cherry pie filling, about 2/3 full.

    4. Cut 12 additional circles that are smaller in circumference to fit on the top of the pie filling in the tarts.  Place in the center but don't seal them.  We need the steam from the pie filling to be able to escape.   

    5. Brush the pie crust tart tops with an egg wash (one egg yolk in a cup with 2 tbsp of water)

    6. Bake at 425F for 15 to 20 minutes.  Don't leave your tarts to bake, stay close by and make sure they don't run over.  

    7. Let the tarts cool for at least two hours before adding the glaze or refrigerate in an air tight container until you are ready to serve them.

    Almond Glaze
    1. Whisk the glaze ingredients together.  

    2. Carefully drizzle the glaze over each tart, being careful not to overfill. Try a teaspoon at a time.

    3. Sprinkle each tart with sliced almonds

    4. Let set for about two hours, place in an air tight container and refrigerate until ready to serve. 

    Recipe Notes

    This recipe is based on a similar recipe by The Food Charlatan.  

    Nutrition Facts
    Cranberry Cherry Tarts with Almond Glaze
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 367 Calories from Fat 153
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 17g 26%
    Saturated Fat 9g 45%
    Cholesterol 40mg 13%
    Sodium 155mg 6%
    Potassium 151mg 4%
    Total Carbohydrates 50g 17%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    Sugars 6g
    Protein 3g 6%
    Vitamin A 13.5%
    Vitamin C 4.3%
    Calcium 2.7%
    Iron 7.3%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.