Monday, December 15, 2014

a Pot Luck Classic: Cranberry-Apple Bake.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.
 Mine was filled with work, cooking, cleaning and great friends.

My 3 best friends from college and I always plan a Christmas dinner between our four families. The four of us gals have been with each other through it all and our families have grown so much throughout the years. First with husbands, then babies (or in our case dogs) and finding time to all be under one roof requires 4 different calendars, a bottle of wine and at least a month's advance notice. 
This year we decided on a pot luck dinner and gift exchange for both the girls and the boys. 
The boys were thrilled....hah.

I don't know about you but normally I dread a pot luck. 
I never know what to make, I end up trying something new and it normally sucks.

Well not this time. 
I reached into my very small bag of tricks and came out with this wonderful little diddy. 

I am thrilled to share with you today one of my family's favorite holiday recipes. 
It could not be any easier or any more delicious and I promise you it will be a hit at any holiday pot luck party. You will want to eat it for dinner, dessert with ice-cream and for breakfast. Yes, it is that delish! I look for any excuse this time of year to make this dish and this was just the occasion! 

Cranberry-Apple Bake:

What you will need: 
3cups peeled, chopped apples (Granny Smith do well, about 2-3 apples )
2 cups fresh cranberries
2 Tablespoons of all-purpose flour
1cup of sugar
3 ( 1 5/8 oz) packages instant oatmeal with cinnamon and spices OR 1 cup of instant oats with 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg.
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted

Here's what you do: 

Combine chopped apples, cranberries, and 2 Tablespoons flour, tossing to coat. Add1 cup sugar and mix well. Place in a 2 qt casserole. 

Combine oatmeal mixture, chopped pecans, 1/2 cup of flour and brown sugar; add butter and stir well. 

Spoon mixture over fruit mixture. 
Bake uncovered at 350* for 45 minutes. 
This can be refrigerated overnight. 

Makes @ 10 servings

And boy is it delish! 
This recipe has been at every single Thanksgiving or family holiday for as long as I can remember. 
I hope you love it as much as I do! 

Now for just a couple photos of my amazing friends and their little ladies.


Since all my besties' little ladies got a shout on the blog, I had to give mine one too....This was Tuggy all afternoon yesterday. 
What a lazy bum. 

See you amazing ladies tomorrow!



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  1. Your dish looks delicious and looks like it was such a fun time and what a great tradition to have!! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

  2. Yum! I have never had anything like this, it looks delicious!


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