Microwave Convection Cooking -

Apple crisp is always a favorite and you are sure to enjoy this variation with cranberries. Use fresh, if available, or leftovers you might have tucked in the freezer.


3 cooking apples, peeled and sliced
2 cups fresh cranberries
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1/4 cup sugar
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

1. Preheat microwave-convection oven to 375°.

2. Combine apples, cranberries, 1/2 cup sugar, the cornstarch, orange peel and juice in 8-inch square silicone or glass baking dish. Mix lightly to coat fruit evenly. Set aside. Combine flour, ginger, and sugar in mixing bowl. Add butter; cut into fine pieces with pastry blender or fork. Stir in rolled oats and pecans. Sprinkle over fruit.

3. COMBINATION-BAKE (Low-Mix) at 375° on low rack for 22 to 25 minutes or until fruit is tender in center and topping is light brown. Serve warm or cold, plain or with ice cream.
About 8 Servings

TIPS · About 2/3 cup dried sweetened cranberries can be substituted. Increase orange juice to 1/3 cup.
>If using frozen cranberries, microwave 1 1/2 to 2 minutes to thaw slightly before mixing with apple.

From my Kitchen..

—I recently prepared a double recipe of the Crustless Quiche recipe in the 9inch square pan. Even with the turntable turned off, it cooked nicely on the Low-Mix combination, rotating the dish once. The Egg Bake, cut nicely with the narrow silicone spatula and removed from the dish easily with the wide spatula. A 13x9-inch pan of caramel rolls were prepared in the deep 10.5-inch silicone pan and it baked perfectly on the convection setting. Most things that cook in a 13x9-inch pan can be cooked in the deep round silicone pan and then it turns freely in the ovens with turntables.

—At a recent class, several participants were getting together one evening for dinner and they were each making something from one of the microwave-convection cook books that they had just purchased. I was not there long enough to hear about their results, but thought what a good way to learn together and share cooking experiences.Soups and casseroles are great for winter dining. Make extras and freeze in meal-sized quantities for enjoying at another meal. 


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