A fruit crisp is one of the most classic American desserts, usually made with either apples or blueberries. This is one of the easiest desserts to make – a great dessert to introduce culinary arts to young children. Usually you sprinkle the fresh fruit with a little lemon juice, water, sugar and cinnamon. Spread it on the bottom of a baking dish. Cover with a streusel topping and bake for 30 minutes. What could be simpler than that? But what if you don’t have enough fruit in the house to make 6 cups (which is what you need) and you already promised your 7 year old you would make crisp together today and there is 5 feet of snow outside so going to the store is not an option? Knowing the right substitutions is the key to avoiding the tears and disappointment in your child.
Most people usually have some kind of jam or preserves in the house. Jam is the key and it really doesn’t matter what you have – the more variety of flavors in the crisp gives it a more complex flavor and makes it even more delicious. This recipe was created when I needed to make a dessert for some house guests and I had to use what was in the house. Use this recipe as a guide and use whatever you have in the house and make your own version of a crisp.
4 1/2 cups of mixed berries (strawberries and blueberries were what I had but any combination will work)
1 cup raspberry jam
1/2 cup sweet orange marmalade
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup oats
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Wash berries. Place in a large bowl with jam and marmalade. Sprinkle with cinnamon and mix thoroughly to combine.
In a separate bowl, combine oats, sugar, flour and butter. Using a fork, stir to combine.
In an ungreased square baking dish, place fruit mixture on the bottom. Spread evenly. Cover with oat-flour mixture and spread evenly.
Bake for 30 minutes, until top is golden brown and fruit is bubbling.
Remove from oven and let cool. Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
I would love to hear feedback on what fruits and jams you used, so please comment!!!