Apple Cranberry & Cinnamon Crisp

Apple Cranberry & Cinnamon Crisp

Have you tried an Apple, Cranberry & Cinnamon Crisp? You don’t know what you are missing.

This fun and easy recipe will have you tucking into a delicious dish that has an extra layer of crunch to it due to the inclusion of Himalayan rock salt.

This recipe serves 6 to 8 people – but we bet you will want to make more!

Apple Cranberry & Cinnamon Crisp with Himalayan Salt base

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooling time: 45 minutes

Serves: 6 to 8 people

Ingredients for Apple Cranberry & Cinnamon Crisp with Himalayan Salt base

The main ingredients

  • 6 red or green apples, peeled, cored, and sliced into thin pieces
  • ¼ cup dried raisins
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Pinch ground nutmeg, or freshly grated if you prefer
  • Himalayan salt rocks – break into even-sized pieces, not too large
  • Himalayan salt to sprinkle on top
Apple and cranberry crisp with Himalayan salt

For the crumble

  • All purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoons margarine
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar


  • Himalayan pink salt to garnish
Himalayan pink salt


  • Small plate
  • Sharp knife
  • Apple corer
  • Mixing bowl
  • Shallow oven-proof dish – or individual dishes if preferred
Peeling an apple

Okay, you have bought all the ingredients and gathered the equipment together. Now we are ready, so let’s get mixing!

To make the fruit filling

Cooking method:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees
  • Peel and core the apples
  • Slice thinly into even-sized pieces
  • Place in the mixing bowl along with the cranberries, raisins, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Gently mix all the ingredients together.
  • Place the Himalayan salt rocks evenly over the base of the over-proof dish.
  • Pour the fruit mixture over the Himalayan salt rocks.

For the topping:

  • In a separate bowl combine the flour, and sugar.
  • Add the butter and using your fingertips gentle rub until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Add in the rolled oats and stir thoroughly
  • Cover the fruit mixture with the breadcrumbs
  • Place in a pre-heated oven for 45 minutes until the top is a nice golden brown
  • Sprinkle lightly with some Himalayan pink salt just before serving for an additional crunchy texture

(Tip: make sure your hands are cold when mixing or the butter will melt)

Serving suggestion

  • Serve with ice cream during the summer or warm custard during those cold winter evenings

Nutritional information per serving (approximately)

  • Calories 235 calories
  • Fat 0.7g
  • Carbs 45.1g
  • Protein 8.9g

History of the Apple Crisp

The first mention of an Apple Crisp was in a recipe book, called Everybody’s Cookbook: A Comprehensive Manual of Home Cookery back in 1924. There was also a recipe listed in the Appleton Post Crescent in Wisconsin the same year. The inclusion of cranberries and spices add an extra dimension to the flavor profile.

Due to rationing during World War II the British developed the traditional British apple crumble. This was due to the fact that ingredients were not readily available to make pastry, so a topping was created instead.

Research shows that apples have long been used to create desserts, with some recipes dating back as far back as 1886 – Miss Corson’s Practical American Cookery.

You can make the dessert using other seasonal fruits, such as rhubarb, blackberries, or pears and strawberries, and you can adjust the topping to be a dough, a cobbler, or a crumble.

How to make an Apple, Cranberry & Cinnamon Crisp

If you follow the cooking method listed above (without the Himalayan salt) you will be making a traditional Apple Crisp. But we thought we would rock things up a bit – literally! Just add some Himalayan rock salt to the base of the dish before spooning over the fruit mixture, and crumble topping. Then just before serving sprinkle on a little extra Himalayan pink salt to add an extra layer of tasty crunch to your dessert.


Hopefully, now you know how easy it is to make a traditional Apple, Cranberry and Cinnamon Crisp. And also how to serve it whatever the time of the year. Also by adding the Himalayan pink salt just before serving you are adding a nice crunchy texture to the dish.

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