I often have grapes in my kitchen, along with fruits like apples, bananas and citrus. While the latter fruits find there way into baked goods on a regular basis, I don’t usually bake with my grapes. Grapes are actually very easy to bake with. They become wonderfully sweet when they are roasted in the oven as the sugars inside of the skins concentrate. Unlike berries, they don’t typically burst as they bake, so all that flavor is released when you pop them into your mouth. This Apple and Red Grape Crisp is a fun twist on a traditional apple crisp that puts those grapes to good use in an unusual way.
The crisp starts with a mixture of grapes and apples. This is a great recipe to get kids involved with – if you happen to have some little assistants in the kitchen – because they can prep the grapes by picking them off the vine and ensuring that no stems remain while you chop up the apples. I recommend cutting the apples into 1-inch pieces, making them a similar size to the grapes. The fruit mixture is topped with a buttery topping, which is somewhere between a biscuit and a streusel. It has a great flavor and develops a nice crunch in the oven as it browns. The fruit becomes tender and is very naturally sweet (no extra sugars are added to the filling). I recommend serving this warm, but it is just as good when served at room temperature. Feel free to reheat it in the oven for a few seconds if you have any leftovers.
While I typically make this recipe with regular all purpose flour, it can also be made with either whole wheat flour or a blend of whole wheat and all purpose. If you have some available, White Lily’s Red Grape Flour Blend is also an excellent option, especially since it ties in with the grapes in the filling.
Apple and Red Grape Crisp
16-oz red grapes
2 medium apples, peeled and diced
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 large egg
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350F.
Arrange apple slices in an even layer over the bottom of an 9×9 inch baking dish (8×8 will also work).
In a medium mixing bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in egg, melted butter and vanilla. Using your fingers, drop batter in small clumps over the top of the apple slices. Try to create a roughly even, if rustic, layer. It does not neet to be smooth. Sprinkle evenly with ground cinnamon.
Bake for 30-40 minutes, until apple slices are tender when pierced with a fork. Topping will be lightly browned.
Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before serving.