Autumn Apple-Cherry Crisp

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Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 16

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Ingredients

½ cup (125 mL) butter (1 stick)
½ cup (125 mL) blanched slivered almonds
1 pkg (17.5 oz/496 g) oatmeal cookie mix
1 tbsp (15 mL) Cinnamon Plus® Spice Blend
substitute: Pumpkin Pie Spice
5 large Granny Smith apples, peeled
1 orange
1 tbsp (15 mL) cornstarch
¼ cup (50 mL) sugar
1 can (30 oz) cherry pie filling (3â…“ cups/825 mL)
1 qt. (1 L) vanilla ice cream (optional)

Method

1. Place butter into Small Micro-Cooker®; microwave, uncovered, on HIGH 30-60 seconds or until melted, stirring every 30 seconds. Coarsely chop almonds using Food Chopper. Place almonds, cookie mix and spice blend into Deep Covered Baker. Add butter and mix until moistened using Classic Scraper. Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH 5-7 minutes or until mixture sizzles and begins to brown, stirring once. Spread crisp mixture over Parchment Paper; cool completely.

2. Meanwhile, cut apples into wedges using Apple Wedger. Cut wedges in half crosswise using Santoku Knife. Juice orange using Juicer to measure 2 tbsp (30 mL) juice. Combine apples, juice, cornstarch and sugar in Stainless (4-qt./4-L) Mixing Bowl; mix well using Small Mix ‘N Scraper®. Add apple mixture to baker. Microwave, covered, on HIGH 6-8 minutes or until apples begin to soften. Stir in pie filling; cook 7-9 minutes or until mixture thickens and apples are cooked through.

3. Remove baker from microwave. Carefully remove lid. Sprinkle crisp mixture over fruit; let stand, uncovered, 5-10 minutes. Serve with ice cream, if desired.

Cook’s Tip: To bake crisp in a conventional oven, preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Combine apples, juice, cornstarch and sugar in mixing bowl. Add pie filling and mix well. Spoon apple mixture into Deep Covered Baker; cover and bake 40-45 minutes or until mixture is thickened and apples are cooked through. Meanwhile, melt butter in (10-in./25-cm) Skillet over medium heat 2-3 minutes. Add cookie mix, almonds and spice blend. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, stirring constantly, 4-6 minutes or until browned. Spread over Parchment Paper; cool completely. Remove baker from oven; let stand, uncovered, 10 minutes. Sprinkle with crisp mixture.

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