Pistachio Apple Cranberry Crisp

8 - 12 servings.

3 pounds Tart pie apples, cored and sliced
1/2 cup Sugar
1 tablespoon Flour
2 tablespoons Lemon juice
1 tablespoon Grated lemon peel
1 cup Fresh cranberries

1/2 cup Natural American pistachios, chopped
3/4 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Flour
6 tablespoons Butter or margarine
Whipped Cream (below)
Chopped pistachios, for garnish

Brandied Whipped Cream: Combine 1/2 pint whipping cream with 2 tablespoons each brandy and sugar. Beat until soft peaks form.


Combine apples with sugar, flour, lemon juice and lemon peel in 8 1/2 x 12 1/2-inch nonmetal baking dish. Cover and cook at high power of microwave oven for five minutes, or until fragrant and nearly tender; or bake in conventional oven in glass or metal baking dish covered with foil (at 375° F. for 20-25 minutes or until cooked). Add cranberries and stir gently.
For topping, combine pistachios with sugar and flour. Cut in butter using pastry blender or two knives until topping is crumbly. Sprinkle over fruit mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 375 ° F. for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Spoon warm or cold into attractive dessert dishes. Top with Brandied Whipped Cream and chopped pistachios.

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fun facts

Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!