Easy Thanksgiving Dessert: Not Pie, but a Grape Apple Crisp

Serve up a grape apple crisp for your next fall dinner party or for your Thanksgiving feast.

Apple Grape Crisp by FamilySpice.com

The calendar tells me Thanksgiving is fast approaching, but that doesn’t mean that I believe it. Luckily for me, my mom is hosting the big meal. This is definitely a big plus for my parents’ big move from Texas to California. Thanksgiving dinner and babysitting, of course! I am not totally off the hook. She’s putting me down for dessert.

And I’m all about easy desserts. I do not like fiddling with the piping tube when I make a cake. Pie crusts frustrate me – unless it’s my olive oil pie crust! But even still, pies are time consuming to make and assemble. So all hail the Crisp!

Crisps are perfect for the holiday months because they are super easy to assemble and they are hard to destroy, even for the absent-minded baker. And that would be me.

Grape Apple Crisp by FamilySpice.com

I mixed in some black grapes with my apples, since I’ve been baking with grapes this month.

The result? A dramatic, deep purple crisp. Almond slices and oatmeal are the core to the crispy top.

This is my new favorite dessert for the fall. Glamorous enough for your Thanksgiving table, or whenever you have a hankering for a crisp.

Grape Apple Crisp

Celebrate this fall favorite by adding black grapes to this easy-to-assemble crisp. Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lb apples, like Granny Smith or Pink Lady
  • 3 TBS granulated sugar
  • 2 TBS all-purpose flour
  • 1 TBS lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1/8 tsp cardamom, ground
  • 1/2 lb grapes, black
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashion oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup almond slices
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, light, packed
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 TBS butter, unsalted, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Peel and core:
    • 1 1/2 lb apples , like Granny Smith or Pink Lady
  3. Cut apples into thin slices and place in a large bowl.
  4. Stir in with the apples:
    • 3 TBS granulated sugar
    • 2 TBS all-purpose flour
    • 1 TBS lemon juice
    • 1 tsp lemon zest
    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
    • 1/8 tsp cardamom, ground
  5. Clean and remove from stems:
    • 1/2 lb grapes , black
  6. Cut the larger grapes in half and add all the grapes in with the apples.
  7. Transfer fruit mixture into a 9-inch baking dish.
  8. In a small bowl, mix together:
    • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup old-fashion oatmeal
    • 1/4 cup almond slices
    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar, light , packed
    • 1/4 tsp salt
  9. Using your fingers, squeeze into the flour mixture until it resembles pebbles:
    • 6 TBS butter, unsalted , chopped
  10. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the fruit and bake until browned and bubbly, about 1 hour.
  11. Serve warm or cool to room temperature.

Notes:

Serving Suggestions: Serve alone, with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Also substitute almond slices with walnuts, pistachios or pecans.

Cooking Tips: Green and red grapes can also be used, but will not give you the deep purple hue like black grapes do.

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Yield: Serves 6

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What is your go-to dessert during these stressful entertaining months?

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8 Responses to Easy Thanksgiving Dessert: Not Pie, but a Grape Apple Crisp

  1. Laura – I am with you!!! Crisps are one of my all time favorite desserts – have to try my next one though with grapes!!!

  2. I could (but I don’t) eat apple crisp every day of the year. I love the crunch and then the soft sweet apples. Add grapes and I’d be swooning. 🙂

  3. I love it! “All hail the Crisp!” : )

  4. You are being very creative with grapes this fall – may I join the crisps-are-best club? Happy Thanksgiving – I miss you!

  5. That looks SO yummy. I never think to include grapes into desserts.
    I’ll have to make this for dessert tonight!

  6. I need fast recipe treats such as your crisp during this time of the year. I can’t believe that it’s already December!! O.O I am just shocked how time flies. Looking forward to your grape apple crisp, thanks for sharing and I wish a great weekend ahead. =)

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