Cranberry-Apple Crumble for One

How can you make a fruit crumble in the microwave? Typically crumbles are baked in a big dish, with a lot of fruit that needs to be slowly cooked into softness. When you’re only using one apple, however, it will cook amazingly quickly and the crumble topping of butter, sugar and oatmeal becomes as crispy and delicious as if it had been oven-baked. Spiking the apples with a few cranberries adds color and zip to the finished dessert. For the best flavor, use traditional rolled oats, not quick oats.

Sharon Bowers

Cranberry-Apple Crumble for One

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    1 tart apple (such as a Granny Smith), peeled and diced 1 Tbsp. butter
    1 Tbsp. cranberries, fresh or dried 1 Tbsp. light brown sugar
    1 Tbsp., plus 1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour 2 Tbsp. quick-cooking oats
    2 pinches salt Dash cinnamon


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      Butter a 1-cup ramekin and add the apples and cranberries. Sprinkle with the 1 Tbsp. flour, sugar and 1 pinch salt, and toss gently to combine.

    • 2

      In a small bowl, melt the butter in the microwave on high for 20 to 30 seconds. Add the remaining topping ingredients plus 1 pinch salt and toss to combine. Spoon over the apples and microwave for 1 1/2 minutes, until the apples are tender.

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