There's a bit of a story that goes with why I chose this recipe. I'll start by saying I've been cooking a lot of Chef John's recipes because they are easy to follow, made with attainable ingredients and turn out delicious every time. Now for the story...
In cataloging our assets, I found the leftover Thanksgiving cranberry sauce, also known as Tory's Cranberry Sauce. This is my sister-in-law's recipe, I've been making it for years and it's the only cranberry sauce I make. The downside to the recipe is that with just two of us, or maybe four of us if we have friends over, I end up with a lot of leftover sauce. This year I opted to just toss it in the freezer “to do something with another time” as The Kitchn said it in their article Scraps Are the Only Winners in This Pandemic.
If I'm honest, the only reason it came out of the freezer initially was so that I could put it into a smaller container. While it sat thawing on the counter, I started thinking about how I could make it become more than just sauce. I started researching recipes, many of which I didn't have some of the ingredients for, and yet others only used a small amount of sauce. I had about two cups worth to use and really wanted something that would make this leftover into something new.
I made the crumble and swapped the cranberry sauce in for the berry mixture and left out the cayenne. Not that's not a typo, you watch enough of Chef John and you'll find out he has a real thing for cayenne. It goes in nearly everything he makes. My cranberry version of this crumble turned out amazing. I've never made a crumble, as I was raised in a crunch kind of world. From what I can tell crunch seems to mean with oatmeal and crumble means without. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
You can find Chef John's recipe Ultimate Triple Berry Crumble here and you can watch the video here. If you want to make the cranberry sauce version, you'll need the recipe for Tory's Cranberry Sauce.
Quite possibly the only thing that might have made this better is if we would have been the vanilla Chef John served with his. Otherwise, this crumble is the perfect balance of sweet and tart with all the great treasures of the crumbles and cranberries.