Pears would also be nice in this homey dessert. Prepare the crumble topping (including cutting in the butter), and freeze up to two months. Sprinkle it--still frozen--over the apple mixture just before you put it in the oven.
1/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
4 Braeburn apples, peeled, cored, and chopped (about 4 cups)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour (about 1 ounce)
6 tablespoons brown sugar
6 tablespoons regular oats
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
4 cups vanilla light ice cream
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
To prepare filling, combine the first 3 ingredients, tossing well. Place apple mixture in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.
To prepare topping, lightly spoon the flour into a dry measuring cup, and level with a knife. Combine flour and the next 5 ingredients (through nutmeg), stirring with a whisk. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle butter mixture evenly over apple mixture. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until filling is bubbly and topping is golden. Serve with vanilla light ice cream.