Cast Iron Skillet Cranberry Crumble Recipe

Cast Iron Skillet Cranberry Crumble Recipe: easy and festive dessert idea for holiday gatherings. 


If you are looking for a last-minute Christmas dessert, and you love cranberries, this is the recipe for you! This cast iron skillet cranberry crumble is easy and looks very festive so it’s perfect for the holiday weekend. If you don’t have a cast iron skillet, no worries there. Just use whatever baking pan you have in the cupboard. 

Cast Iron Skillet Cranberry Crumble Recipe | Easy and festive dessert idea for holiday gatherings. Uses fresh cranberries.

This is definitely a recipe that you can tweak to your taste. It’s more tart than sweet, so feel free to add more sugar and orange juice to the cranberries. (I promise I won’t tell.) Another option is to substitute apples or pears for one bag of the cranberries. For the topping, use whatever nut you like or have on hand. Pecans or walnuts would be delicious. 

Cast Iron Skillet Cranberry Crumble Recipe | Easy and festive dessert idea for holiday gatherings. Uses fresh cranberries.

Cast Iron Skillet Cranberry Crumble Recipe | Easy and festive dessert idea for holiday gatherings. Uses fresh cranberries.

Cast Iron Skillet Cranberry Crumble Recipe

Easy, holiday dessert that is perfect for family gatherings.
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Servings: 8 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

Fruit mixture:

  • 2 12 oz. bags fresh cranberries
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • zest of 1 orange
  • juice of 1/2 an orange

Crumble topping:

  • 3/4 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup oats (any kind, quick or regular)
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup cold butter (1 stick) cut into cubes
  • 3/4 cup honey roasted sliced almonds

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Oil a 10-inch cast iron skillet with 1 tablespoon canola oil.
  • Combine ingredients for the fruit mixture. Mix well by hand with a large spatula.
  • Put fruit mixture into the prepared cast iron skillet. Set aside.
  • Combine the following crumble ingredients: flour, oats, sugar, salt and nutmeg. Whisk together.
  • Add butter pieces. Combine butter and crumble ingredients with a pastry blender or your fingers.
  • Add almond slices.
  • Put crumble topping on cranberry mixture in the cast iron skillet.
  • Bake for 50-55 minutes until crumble topping is golden and cranberries are bubbling.
  • Serve with ice cream or whipped topping.

Notes

If you don't have a cast iron skillet, just use a regular square or round baking pan. 
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14 Comments

  1. Love cast iron skillets. This recipe looks amazing!

  2. Melissa Houston says:

    Just printed the recipe, Ann, and look forward to trying it! I made the Buttermilk Rosemary Bread last night and it was so easy to make and is absolutely delicious! The smell in the kitchen while it was baking was mouth watering. Thank you for all your wonderful ideas and recipes. I hope you enjoy a lovely Christmas! BTW I have the same Duncan Fyffe chairs that you have in your dining room in my home. They belonged to my mother and were left to me when she passed away. I love them and it was such fun seeing your chairs in an earlier post this fall (I think).

  3. Ann, I love my 3 cast iron skillets & use them all the time. This recipe is easy & looks delicious!
    Can’t wait to try it. Merry Christmas!
    Jo

  4. I’m crazy for anything in a cast iron skillet. This one looks great! Love your blog. Merry Christmas

  5. Ann,
    This sounds so good and I’m going to try it for Christmas. I will take your suggestion to replace half of the cranberries with apples, but I’m also going to add in a pear or two, since I need to use up both of these fruits! Also, I thought the addition of the sweet pear might add another level of natural sweetness without increasing the sugar amount. Wish me luck!

  6. Susan Homeroad Stevenson says:

    Merry Christmas Ann. As a blogger myself I want you to know how much I love your blog. You have such a beautiful, simple style that hits every button for me!
    I love your clean, smart style and every recipe, printable and project you post.
    Keep up the good work and have a happy holiday!
    Susan

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Thank you so much Susan…wishing you all the best in 2018!

  7. I have a brand new oven and the iron skillet mom made cornbread in all the years of my childhood. this looks so yummy and I plan to make it next week!

  8. Norma Rolader says:

    YUMMY!!!!! Thank you for sharing and letting us see the recipe God bless and Merry Christmas to you and your family

  9. Sheila DelCharco says:

    I’m gonna try this for Christmas Eve! Looks delicious and easy! A win-win combo!

  10. Thanks for this recipe! It looks great – can’t wait to try it :O)

  11. Ricki Jill Treleaven says:

    I love cooking in cast iron, and this recipe sounds and looks delicious!

  12. I can’t wait to try this. Sounds so good.

    Merry Christmas