There’s certain things that just taste like the holidays. This is one of those things. It’s fragrant, sweet, tart and crunchy all together…in a nice little…present? Ok…bad pun over. It’s quick, simple and everything holidays in one bight. Serve it with vanilla or cinnamon ice cream and it’s perfect.
1 t Aniseed
1 1/2 C Pastry Flour
3/4 C Polenta
1/2 C Sugar
1 1/2 t Baking Powder
1/4 t Salt
1/2 C Butter, Cubed
1 Large Egg, Beaten
2 C Fresh Cranberries
2/3 C Sugar
2/3 C Packed Brown Sugar
2 t Grated Lemon Peel
2 t Grated Orange Peel
1 t Ground Cinnamon
1/2 t Salt
1/4 t Fresh Ground Pepper
2 lbs Apple
2 T Lemon Juice
Peel, core and dice your apples. You want them at about a medium dice.
Toast your aniseed until fragrant.
Add the rest of the topping ingredients except the butter and egg to a food processor. Pulse to combine.
Add your butter and pulse until the mixture is full of pea sized crumbles.
Add your egg and pulse to combine.
In a separate bowl, mix everything except the apples and lemon juice. Be sure to squeeze the cranberries to pop them.
Add your apples and lemon juice and toss together.
Pour your fruit mixture into a baking dish, and top with the polenta streusel.
Bake at 375 for about an hour, until the top is golden and the fruit is bubbling.
Serve this with ice cream and taste the holidays! It really does just taste like Christmas!
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