As autumn approaches, the Ocean City Farmer's Market successively features different fresh fruits. The strawberries and blueberries of summer begin to be replaced by peaches, then by apples and pears.
This basic Berry Crisp Recipe is equally delicious with different seasonal fruits or with a combination of fruits. In mid-summer, try it with blueberries and follow that with peach, apple, or pear versions. It is easy to whip up while you're preparing dinner and it will be ready to eat warm - with ice cream or freshly whipped cream - following the meal.
It is a very forgiving recipe, too, so create your own versions and variations with wild abandon!
With Jersey Peaches still available, I made a Peach Crisp. Here's the recipe...with my variations.
"Jersey Fresh" Peach Crisp
6 cups fruit, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 unbleached flour
1 Tbl. freshly squeezed lemon juice
Toss these ingredients together and arrange in a 9x9-inch baking dish that has been lightly buttered. Set aside.
1 cup unbleached flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup quick oats
1 tea. Watkins Holiday Spice, or cinnamon
1 stick cold butter, cut into 8 pieces
Mix the first four ingredients together with a fork and then combine with the butter until large crumbs form. Distribute over the top of the fruit and place into a preheated 350-degree oven for 30-40 minutes or until the crisp is bubbly and the topping is lightly browned. Cool 15 minutes and serve warm with ice cream or freshly whipped cream. Serves 6
My variations - I had less than 6 cups of fruit, but made the crisp anyway. I also made 1/2 the Topping recipe because I wanted the emphasis to be on the fruit. It covered the top of the crisp, just not as deeply, and the fresh fruit flavor is fabulous. I also added a sprinkling of walnuts on top for added flavor and crunch.
* * * * *Innsider Tips:
Try these fruits in season: Blueberries, Blackberries, Bartlett Pears, Granny Smith Apples or a combination of these fruits!
Combine with: Cransins, dried mixed berries, nuts, grated lemon or orange rind.
Adjust: the amount of sugar or the kind of spice to suit your taste
Scarborough Inn Bed & Breakfast guests appreciate the fresh, seasonal ingredients we use for Breakfast dishes and for the sweet and savory appetizers available during Afternoon Refreshments.
Recipes featuring seasonal ingredients are featured in our Inn Cookbook, Scarborough Seasons (available at the inn or from our online gift shop).