The dried fruits and apples under a crusty oatmeal-pistachio topping make a great ending to a fall evening.
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup dried apricots, chopped
1 cup apricot nectar
1/2 cup dried figs, chopped
1/4 cup dried currants or dried cranberries
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped (about 4 apples)
1 (2-inch) cinnamon stick
1/2 cup regular oats
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
1 cup chopped pistachios
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 375°.
To prepare filling, melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add apricots and the next 8 ingredients (through cinnamon stick); bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until fruit is tender, stirring occasionally. Discard cinnamon stick.
Place filling in an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray.
To prepare topping, place oats in a food processor; pulse until coarsely chopped. Place oats in a large bowl. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Add flour, 1/4 cup brown sugar, salt, and ground cinnamon to oats; stir to combine. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add pistachios; toss well. Sprinkle topping over filling. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until golden.
Served this for our dinner group last night with raves! Used dates rather than figs, orange juice rather than apricot nectar, and skipped the butter in the fruit filling. Topped the hot crisp with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Yummy! Made 9 generous servings.
Soooo good. I wish I had figs, though, I just used raisins, but the aroma while it cooked on the stove just screamed for figs. I also used apple juice instead of apricot nectar and it still tasted delicious. Might be good with pears, also. Thinking about making this in the fall for a special occasion, but I'm not sure which one yet!
This is amazing! And it makes your house smell so wonderful. I was craving a fall-type dessert and this really hit the spot. I wasn't sure about the pistachios, but they actually really bring the whole dish together when they're toasted. Serve with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and it's perfect!
Here's a picture I took of it: http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs017.snc3/12435_197282145816_502185816_3580372_7996312_n.jpg
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