Fruit Crisp

I love making fruit crisp since I am not a big pastry fan.  I often double the “crisp” part, but there is enough if you make the recipe as is.  I just like the extra oatmeal.  This recipe is taken from Better Homes and Gardens “New Cookbook”.

I have made this recipe at the lake lots as I love using freshly picked blueberries .  I often pre-measure the oats, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon in a Ziplock bag at home before we go to the lake. I never add the nuts or coconut.

My usual crisp is apple, but I make peach a lot when peach season is coming to an end. Instead of throwing out the pulpy peaches I turn them into a great dessert.

Recently I was given some fresh rhubarb from my wonderful friend Krista, so I decided to make a strawberry rhubarb crisp this time. Honestly, this has become my new favorite crisp.

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Blueberry crisp, Cherry crisp and Rhubarb crisp are listed below. They require some slight changes so please take note.

5 cups sliced, peeled cooking apples, pears, peaches, or apricots, or frozen unsweetened peach slices
2 to 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 cup regular rolled oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, ginger, or cinnamon
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup chopped nuts or coconut
vanilla ice cream (optional)

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1. For fruit filling, thaw fruit if frozen. Do not drain. Place fruit in a 2-quart square baking dish. Stir in the granulated sugar.
2. For topping, in a medium bowl combine the oats, brown sugar, flour, and nutmeg. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the nuts. Sprinkle topping over fruit.
3. Bake in a 375F oven for 30 to 35 minutes (40 minutes for thawed fruit) or until fruit is tender and topping is golden. If desired, serve warm with ice cream.

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BLUEBERRY CRISP:
Prepare filling as at above, except 5 cups fresh or frozen blueberries for the fruit. Use 4 tablespoons granulated sugar and add 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour.

CHERRY CRISP:
Prepare filling as above, except use 5 cups fresh or frozen unsweetened pitted tart red cherries for the fruit. Increase granulated sugar to 1/2 cup and add 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour.

RHUBARB CRISP:
Prepare filling as above, except use 5 cups fresh or frozen* unsweetened sliced rhubarb for the fruit. Increase granulated sugar to 1/4 cup and add 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour.
** NOTE: If rhubarb is frozen, thaw but do not drain.

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