Apple-Cranberry Crumble with Orange-Carrot Frozen Yogurt

Apple-Cranberry Crumble with Orange-Carrot Frozen Yogurt

Don’t be surprised it wasn’t served with ice cream. See, I need to shed a couple of pounds here – I am trying to squeeze into this party dress by the end of the month. So, the dish is basically my diet food – less fat, more vitamins. If you are favoring traditional views you can top the crumble with a scoop of vanilla or orange ice cream. But the yogurt actually turned out pretty tasty, and it was good with the crumble, as well as on its own.

Does anybody else think that food blogging has an inevitable weight-gaining side-effect?

Frozen Yogurt

Serves 4 with some yogurt leftovers (yogurt recipe makes about 1 qt)

For the yogurt:

  • 3 cups unsweetened whole-fat thick (preferably organic) yogurt
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ½ cup fresh carrot juice
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 large orange
  • ¼ cup extra-fine granulated sugar (or to taste)
  • ¼ cup light corn syrup
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt

For the crumble:

For the crumb topping:

  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup light brown (or granulated) sugar
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp (pinch) salt
  • 4 tbsp (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, cubed

For the apple filling:

  • ½ cup dry cranberries
  • 1 tbsp Grand Marnier
  • 4 large firm apples, peeled, cored, sliced into ¼-inch-thick slices
  • 2 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp (pinch) kosher salt

Make the yogurt:

A night before, line a sieve with a double layer of cheese cloth. Drain the yogurt in the sieve in the refrigerator overnight, covered with plastic wrap. Make sure there’s enough space between the sieve and the bottom of the bowl. When the yogurt is drained transfer it into a medium bowl.

In another bowl or a liquid-measuring cup, combine the rest of the ingredients. Whisk well to dissolve the sugar and corn syrup. Then gradually whisk the juice mixture into the yogurt. Taste and add more sugar if you wish. Chill, covered, for a couple of hours. Or, if your orange and carrots were kept in the refrigerator, you can proceed further with the recipe. Process the yogurt mixture in the ice cream maker. Transfer into a freezer-safe container and place into the freezer to firm up, for 1 to 2 hours.

If you made the yogurt a day before transfer it into the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving to soften it slightly.

Make the crumble:

At least two hours before and up to a day, put the cranberries in a small saucepan, cover with cold water, bring to the simmer over med/high heat. Drain, transfer to a small bowl. Add the Grand Marnier, cover, set aside.

Make the crumbs:

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Add the cubes of cold butter and work them into the flour using a pastry blender or your fingers (my preference here) until the mixture is crumbly.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat and sprinkle the crumbs over the sheet. Transfer into the refrigerator while the oven is preheating.

Center an oven rack and preheat the oven to 350F.

Bake the streusel crumbs for about 12 minutes, until they are light golden. Gently stir the crumbs and bake for another 5-6 minutes until nicely browned.

Cool on the baking sheet on a rack. The streusel topping can be made several days in advance. Store it in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

Assemble and bake the crumble:

Maintain the oven temperature 350F. Lightly spray with oil 4 individual baking dishes, ramekins, or one 10-inch round ceramic or glass pie plate. Set aside.

In a large bowl, toss the cranberries, apples, orange juice, zest, granulated and brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt, separating the apple slices to coat them evenly. Divide the apples between the baking dishes. Bake the crumble until the apples are tender and the juices bubble, about 30-40 minutes. Stir the fruits once during the process for even baking. When the crumble is almost done, top the apples with previously baked crumbs. Return the dishes/dish into the oven for 3 to 5 minutes more. Serve warm with the frozen orange-carrot yogurt or ice cream.

Apple-Cranberry Crumble (unbaked)

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37 Responses to “Apple-Cranberry Crumble with Orange-Carrot Frozen Yogurt”

  1. wow these look so yummy. Yeah blogging made me bake alot of new things and then I have to try the eh ! I m not fitting in my clothes anymore :) I like the yogurt it looks so creamy and yummy

  2. Ah, who needs ice-cream when you have a delectable frozen yogurt like that! Good luck with the party dress! :)

  3. Delicious!!! Now, I wish a ice cream maker, another thing to my wish list!!!

    tahnk you, vera for your recipes!!!


  4. Lol….yeah, same here. The fact that I’m always blogging about sweet, sugary things don’t help either. And having to live with my siblings, who both prefer savoury to sweet, what choice do I have?? I mean, I can’t let a perfectly good piece of cake/tart/cookie/ice cream etc etc go to waste, right?

    Sigh. But I try to think of it this way: if I spend more time in the kitchen, being on my feet and moving around all day, I’ll eventually shed the pounds, right? (My jeans barely fit anymore!! Sob…)

    But I’ll still take that frozen yogurt if you have any leftovers…

  5. Oh yes the weight gaining that comes attached to food blogging… There should be a weight loss program desigen for food bloggers! I think the frozen yougurt it’s allready a step, so is the crumble cause as we know that basicly fruit! ;)

  6. Um, yeah, I had to join a gym because my weight creeped up some. Gotta keep myself in check.

    That carrot yogurt is beautiful. I’d be willing to try it!

  7. My husband’s brother got married yesterday and I also planned on getting into a dress for his wedding, but unfortunately didn’t make enough effort for it to happen :)
    I wish you luck with your weight watching, and the crumble looks so comforting and delicious, as does the frozen yogurt. Love the photos, as always!

  8. It is unfortunate that weight gain and blogging go hand in hand. I can’t wait to try that frozen yogurt though!

  9. This dessert looks wonderful! One of my favorite soups is a carrot orange… this frozen yogurt must taste incredible. And yes, I’ve noticed a definite change in the way my clothes are fitting since I started my blog, and because of that my neighbors are getting more and more of my experiments in the kitchen!

  10. I’m not sure if it’s the blogging or my recent laziness, but I’m getting back on schedule as soon as I can! I think the yogurt sound wonderful, especially since I happen to LOVE carrot juice. So under-appreciated, that carrot!

  11. Unfortunately, yes! I have gained some weight after starting the blog. What keeps me from getting more pounds is sharing all the baked goods I make. :)

  12. These look so very inviting and I think my husband would think he was in heaven if I made them. The odd thing about blogging for me isn’t so much that I’ve gained weight, but that I’ve actually shed a few pounds. I have less time to eat! If my hands are busy in the kitchen or blogging I don’t have the time to eat. It also helps that I have two boys (12 and 14) who eat everything in sight!

  13. I keep buying bags of apples at the store and needing things to do with them… this looks like the perfect solution. The only problem is that I couldn’t make the frozen yogurt since I don’t have an ice-cream maker but something tells me the crumble would be delicious on its own.

  14. What a grea flavor combination. I would love to try the carrot and orange frozen yogurt. I make a bisque with carrot and orange.

  15. That looks delicious, Vera. I love cranberries and apples together. The crumble topping is such a nice contrast against the softened apples. My friend wants to make an apple crisp. I’ll have to give her this recipe.
    What a great idea to use frozen yogurt instead of ice cream. Carrots and oranges take me back to my childhood when my mom would grate carrots and pour fresh orange juice over them. A dash of cinnamon and a sprinkle of sugar, and tada, there was our dessert.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe!


  16. frankly, the yogurt looks just as good as any ol’ ice cream, and i think it’d be a perfect topper for your crumble (which sounds incredible, by the way). no maam, i’d never say no to a crumble. :)

  17. Beautiful crumble! I’ve never made a fruit crumble this way, baking the topping separately first — but yours looks so good, I’ll have to try it!

  18. Hi Vera, With diet food like this, I think I could almost happily buckle down to a diet. I am intrigued by the orange-carrot frozen yoghurt – it looks fabulous. Go girl with squeezing into that dress!

  19. Orange Carrot Frozen Yogurt sounds amazing and so unique. Good luck with the dress!

  20. Wait!!! Butter is fattening? Cream? Oh nooooo!
    I don’t think they are fattening in heaven though because angels never fall through the clouds.
    Actually I think you are fattening for us. I think I could eat lower fat things if you made them for me.
    I have a jar of orange-carrot marmalade. It comes out of Petaluma California. I have no idea what to do with it. Any ideas?

  21. Natalie, thanks! The same thing with clothes :)

    Y, I will need it :) Thank you!

    Ana, thank YOU! The ice cream maker is a lovely, but again – a fattening toy :)

    Christy, sorry… no leftovers. I still have to eat something sweet :)

    Rita, weight loss program for food bloggers sounds like a very bright idea :) Maybe, this ridiculous “hawaiian hula-chair” could help :)

    HoneyB, thank you! I’d be willing to share :)

    Miri, thank you very much! I will need this luck :)

    Cate, I’ll be very happy if you try to make it :)

    Eileen, thank you! The taste was nice. That’s a great approach – let your neighbors to get fat :) I’m implementing the same method :)

    Andrea, thank you! We love carrot juice together, it is wonderful, indeed!

    Patricia, you are right, the sharing is a good thing. But there are some sweets (usually, the most fattening ones) that you just can’t let go :)

    Camille, thank you! Oh, you are so lucky! My boy is only 6. He helps a little but not enough :)

    Jen, sure the crumble will be fine without any accompaniment. Or, a store-bought vanilla ice cream can take the place of the yogurt.

    Lori, thank you! Your bisque sounds delicious!

    Hanaa, thank you! This carrot dessert your mom made sounds great. In my childhood I had the grated carrots topped with sour cream, but I would definitely preferred them your way.

    Grace, thank you very much! Yes, it wasn’t bad :)

    CookiePie, thanks! Baking the topping separately ensures perfectly crisp and golden crumbs, as well as the fruits cooked to your likeness.

    Cakelaw, let’s do it together! And thank you!

    Joie de vivre, thank you very much! With all your kind wishes I’m sure I’ll make it :)

    Amber, thank God the angels are not fattening :)
    You could bake a carrot cake (2 layers), sandwich them with marmalade, then top with orange-cream cheese frosting. How does it sound?

  22. Vera, I can’t believe you think my photographs are beautiful! Yours are outstanding, I have bookmarked your blog and am totally humbled that you visited my blog!

    Take care! Looking forward to checking back here more.

  23. Gorgeous crumble! and yes food blogging is fattening. I usually have to eat whatever I’ve just photographed!

  24. Oh my…this looks simply DIVINE! I love anything with apples and cranberries…Mmm…thanks for yet another awesome recipe.

  25. Oh yes, I have gained weight. But I am trying to be more moderate now such as not eating all the baking chocolate after dinner or sampling six cookies instead of one.It seems to be working. Now the next step is exercise.

  26. Eunice, thank you so much for your words, and for the bookmarking! It’s very kind of you.

    Paula, thank you! Same here :)

    Celeste, thank you very much! And you are very welcome.

    Heather, I envy your willpower – sampling only one cookie!

  27. i also made an apple and cranberry crumble. so comforting isn’t it? lovely!

  28. While the crumble looks great, its the orange carrot frozen yogurt that’s mouthwatering to me.
    And I don’t think blogging makes you put on weight. I know it does!:D

  29. :) I just made a chicken recipe with apples and cranberries, they are so delicious! This looks like the idea dessert, I never ever get tired of these ingredients. The apple and orange yogurt sounds so fresh, the color is so pretty!

  30. Aran, it’s certainly comforting.

    Aparna, thank you! You proved my suspicions :)

    Sophie, thank you! I love chicken with apples. Yours must taste fantastic.

  31. The little baking dishes are so cute! I’ve actually come to the conclusion that food blogging doesn’t have a weight gaining side effect. It’s actually saved me money because I’m not eating out nearly as much as before.

  32. Thank you, Cory! I wish it worked for me the same :)

  33. hahaha.. definitely! especially when you’re living alone, and the closest one to you don’t really appreciate sweets as you do. I always ended up giving out to friends, but I think they will start to complaint about me sharing the guilt. :). Love your pictures! beautiful as always.

  34. Vera:
    You are on your way to a happier you! The small changes you make in recipes will get you into the dress size you desire. Unfortunately, the average person desperate (and last minute) about weight loss, gravitate toward weight loss products that undermine their efforts to lose. Small daily substitutions to lower fat without compromising taste will have LASTING results. Congratulations not only for making the change for yourself, but promoting it!
    (a Personal Trainer)
    PS: For some reason people think we “trainers” don’t eat. On the contrary my friend…and we know a good recipe when we see one! Thanks again.

  35. Wow, the color of that yogurt is amazing! I love the fact that the recipe does not require an ice-cream maker (since I don’t have one :-) ). I will bookmark this recipe to make in the spring – too cold these days for a frozen yogurt :-)

  36. oops, on the more thorough reading it does use an ice cream maker :-(

  37. Wait!!! Butter is fattening? Cream? Oh nooooo!
    I don’t think they are fattening in heaven though because angels never fall through the clouds.
    Actually I think you are fattening for us. I think I could eat lower fat things if you made them for me.
    I have a jar of orange-carrot marmalade. It comes out of Petaluma California. I have no idea what to do with it. Any ideas?

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