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Berry Crisp

A simple berry crisp made with fresh strawberries, blueberries and raspberries creates the perfect summer dessert.

I feel like it’s officially Summer. The temps are soarin’ and there’s ample sunshine followed by crazy thunderstorms – all signs of Summer in Ohio. I always feel like my life gets a lot simpler at this time of year. I’m off of work, flips flops and tee shirts become wardrobe staples and I’m perfectly content with a big bowl of fruit for dinner – especially if berries and juicy watermelon are involved. Confession – I’m totally a watermelon salter, but that’s a topic for a completely different day.

I’ve mentioned before that Eric and I subscribe to an organic produce delivery service, and last week I found myself overdoing it in the berry department. I went on a bit of a berry eating binge, but still had gobs of them hanging out in the fridge. Since we already had a bowl of Fruit Salsa on hand, I put the rest of the berries to good use by throwing together a super simple and mighty delicious berry crisp.

easyberrycrispLoads of fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries combine with a sweet and crunchy crisp topping to make an easy breezy dessert that just screams Summer. Served family style, it’s perfect for a backyard barbecue, with a scoop of ice cream – of course. And you can even fancy it up a bit by presenting them in cute, glass dishes with mini dessert spoons.

After making this crisp twice in one week – yes, twice – I resorted to scooping some of it over plain yogurt for breakfast. That totally makes it healthy, right? I mean, there is yogurt involved! I also decided that I need to make more crisps because that topping is the stuff dreams are made of – seriously, I wanted to eat it like granola!

For more berry inspiration, check out these recipes:
S’mores Trifles
Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
Strawberry Mojito Slushies

Berry Crisp

Ingredients:

4 cups fresh berries (I used sliced strawberries, blueberries and raspberries)
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

For the Crisp Topping
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/3 cup cold unsalted butter, diced

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350&degF. Butter an 8-inch square baking dish.

2. In a large bowl, gently combine the berries, sugar, and vanilla. Sprinkle flour over berries and gently stir to coat the berries. Add berry mixture to prepared pan.

3. Make the Crisp Topping: In a medium bowl, combine light brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Use a pastry cutter or two forks to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture is crumbly in texture. Stir in oats. Sprinkle crisp topping over berries mixture.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the berry filling is bubbling and the crisp topping is golden brown. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla or lemon ice cream.

Notes:

- Berry crisp is best served warm the day it is made.
- I served my berry crisp in small glass bowls. For presentation purposes, I baked my berries and crisp topping in separate baking dishes and assembled the two components before serving.

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Sabrina - A Spoonful of Photography

Wednesday 2nd of July 2014

Jamie, those look awesome!! I love this dark berry colour right underneath the crispy top and that scoop of icecream on top left be drooling in front of my screen as the photo came up in Tastespotting! I don't know if that might sound weird, but I've never tasted salted watermelon before... But be sure that I'll give it a try - right after making these berry crisps ;-)

Laurie R.

Tuesday 1st of July 2014

This berry crisp looks amazing for summer. I, too, am from Ohio and am also a watermelon salter along with my cantaloupe to which I add both salt and pepper. There is just something missing if they are not salted, and those who do not, I think miss out on the way the salt brings out the sweet watermelon taste. Yum!

Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

Friday 27th of June 2014

I'm loving the berry action going on in this crisp! Since it is fruit and oats...I see no problem having this for breakfast :-)

Julie @ Girl on the Move

Wednesday 25th of June 2014

This looks so delicious! And I love the ice cream on stop!

Abbie @ Needs Salt

Monday 23rd of June 2014

These berry crisps look so delicious! A perfect summertime treat. I love the color. Pinning!

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