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Tart & Sweet Cranberry Apple Bake Recipe

Try this Tart & Sweet Cranberry Apple Bake Recipe!

cranberry apple bake

Our family loves to cook.  Really.  Like … everyone from the youngest child to the oldest, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles.  Everyone cooks.  So, that means that we have a long list of family favorite dishes.

green apples fresh cranberries

Our list was long enough that I wrote a family cookbook and gave it to my daughter when she was in middle school, and she actually appreciated it.  Of  course, it has since become property of the whole house, leaving me to realize I should have published more than one.  Now everyone just keeps giving me notes, requests and requirements for my next cookbook.  What I’ve learned?  Publish more than one.

cranberries apples ingredients

Aren’t those apples and cranberries beautiful?  I love this dish.

Tart & Sweet Cranberry Apple Bake Recipe

The ingredients for the Tart & Sweet Cranberry Apple Bake recipe are simple.  You’ll need, Granny Smith apples, fresh cranberries, brown sugar, cornstarch, pure vanilla extract, butter, apricot preserves and pecans.  Easy.

cranberry apple bake

Tart & Sweet Cranberry Apple Bake Recipe

Side Dish
A great recipe from our friend, Mr. Mudd, a well-known Atlanta hairdresser, whom we all love and appreciate for his humor, kindness and RECIPES!! This is so yummy! It’s a perfect balance of tart and sweet. I love it & hope you do too. It’s a must have on our Thanksgiving & Christmas table.
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  • 6 granny smith apples
  • 1 12 ounce bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces butter melted (1/2 stick)
  • 1 12 ounce jar apricot preserves
  • 1 ?2-3?4 cup chopped pecans


  • Spray or butter a 9×12 pyrex dish.
  • Peel, halve, core and slice or chop apples. (I prefer them chopped). Place in dish.
  • Wash, pick over and drain cranberries. Pour over top of apples.
  • Mix sugar and cornstarch together in small bowl. Add vanilla, butter and preserves. Pour over top of apple/cranberry mix.
  • Sprinkle with nuts.
  • Bake uncovered in preheated 375 oven about 50-60 minutes.
Course Side Dish
cranberries apples dish

This dish is all about the apples and the cranberries.  Peel, halve, core, and slice or chop the apples.  I prefer them chopped.  Next, wash and pick over the cranberries.  Grease the pan and add the apples.  Here’s the fun part.  Pour all those cranberries over the apples.  There’s something satisfying about dumping out all those cranberries.  Plus, it’s so pretty!

brown sugar topping

Mix sugar and cornstarch together in small bowl.  Add vanilla, butter and preserves and pour it over the apples and cranberries.  Next, you top it with pecans and bake it!

cranberry dish cooked

When it’s finished baking it comes out all delicious.  YUM!

cranberry apple bake

I hope you enjoy this yummy dish!

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