Sometimes when it’s rainy or I’m bored or it’s hot and I shouldn’t turn the oven on at all, I’ll crave fruit crisp. Apple, peach, pear, blueberry — Whatever, I just want the crispy stuff on top anyway.
Tonight I made a surprisingly yummy and quick dinner, Hamburger Steaks with mushroom Gravy from my Desperation Dinners cookbook, instant butter & herb potatoes, and canned french cut green beans. It was delicious. That wasn’t the good part though, oh no, the absolute BEST part was the fruit crisp for dessert. I’m still so full I can hardly move :) Basically this is how I made my crisp tonight:
- 1 28oz can sliced peaches, drained
- 1 28oz can pear halves, drained and halved :)
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 c old fashioned oats
- 6 Tbs all purpose flour
- ¾ to 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 stick butter, just barely softened
- ¼ tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray casserole with non-stick spray.
- Dump drained peaches & pears into casserole. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture you made for your toast the other day when you were craving something sweet (about 1 tsp). Drizzle the ½ tsp vanilla on top.
- In med bowl mix together the oats, flour, brown sugar, a shake of cinnamon and pinch of salt.
- Cut in the butter until it is well incorporated and the mixture clumps nicely when pressed together.
- Use your hands to press it together for a second and get it really clumpy then spread it over the peaches & pears in casserole, making sure to make it as ragged and clumpy as possible. (That's how you get the crunchy bits)!
- Bake in the preheated oven about 25 - 35 min. It's done when the fruit is bubbling and the topping is just getting crisped and golden, there will be darker spots on some of the higher clumps.
- Refrain yourself from picking off the big clumps because they WILL burn your tongue! Trust me, I know this from years of experience.
- Serve in bowls with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and wonder why you bothered to make dinner when everyone would have been perfectly happy just eating this :)
- Don't forget to hide what's left so you can eat it in the morning for breakfast before the kids wake up. Not that I would do anything like that, nope, not at all.
The Topping is delicious on any fruit; fresh peaches, pears, apples, berries, plums. I use the same topping for any crisp that I make! Now that I’ve satisfied my need for a comforting crisp, I’m feeling the urge to make some homemade chocolate pudding. Thank God for Jazzercise!
We ate it up!