Thursday, July 19, 2012

Ah yes! The Summer Crisp!

Surrounded by the bounty of summer produce

I've been making delicious & easy

Summer Crisps!

Here are a couple of variations on this theme

that I think you'll adore.

Strawberry, Blueberry, Cherry & Peach Crisp
with a Ginger Snap Topping

Here's what you do.

Grab two large bowls. 

Into the first bowl throw a pint of cleaned blueberries, and then equal parts

quartered strawberries, pitted cherries, 

(you can pit the cherries by smacking them the same way you'd 

break down garlic... with the side of a chef's knife)

and sliced peaches.

To that add

the zest of a lemon, a cup or two of brown sugar, enough flour to coat,

and three or four tablespoons of finely chopped ginger. 

That's it for bowl number one and your fruit mixture.

For the crisp topping...

Melt a stick of butter and then let it cool.

While it's cooling 

throw chunks & pulverized Ginger Snaps into bowl number two.

Add brown sugar to taste, a pinch of salt, and flour to coat. 

Then pour in the melted butter and mix. 

The fruit then goes into buttered ramekins.

The topping goes onto the fruit. 

The ramekins go into a 350 degree oven for around 35 minutes 

until the fruit is bubbling and the topping is crisped. 

This delicious summer fare is best served with 

a dollop of vanilla ice cream 

or some lovely whipped cream.

A really delicious variation on this...

The Strawberry, Rhubarb, Jalapeno Crisp with a Cornbread Topping

Here you can just substitute the fruit for the fruit,

the jalapeno for the ginger

(Be generous with these accent ingredients as they will easily melt into the background. 
You really want these to be fairly pronounced.),

and the cubed cornbread for the chunked and pulverized Ginger Snaps.

Do not used too much cornbread as I did 
or it will sop up all of this delicious summer fruit.


here are a couple of wonderful summer desserts 

that are easy to make

and a joy to serve. 



  1. I have some blueberries and cherries...think I might have to crisp them...I never thought of popping cherries under a knife like garlic! (Your cornbread looks a lot like mine.)

  2. Give it a whirl Girl! It's so easy & delicious! Let me know how it goes.