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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Berry Crisp

I don't make a lot of desserts at home because the effort and calories rarely seem worth it for just the two of us, but this dessert is so easy and delicious, it's totally worth it. 




I found some beautiful, fresh berries at the farmers market.
Blackberries...




And blueberries.




You can use any kind of berries you like, add raspberries, currants, even peaches or plums.  This is actually my apple crisp recipe slightly adapted. 




Mix about 2 cups of the berries with about 1/2 cup of sugar.  You can increase or decrease this based on how sweet the berries are and how sweet you like your dessert.  




Also add about a tablespoon of cornstarch.  This will thicken the berry mixture so it's not too watery.  Mix it together well and place in a pie plate or baking dish.  


Now the topping. Mix 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar...




1/2 cup rolled oats, 1 cup flour and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon...




Cut up 3/4 stick (1/4lb) of butter into cubes.




And mix it together with the oat/flour/sugar mixture until a crumbly mixture forms.  I just use my fingers for this.  Sprinkle it on top of the berries.




Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 25-30 minutes until the berries are bubbling and the topping is crisp.




Scoop into bowls while still warm.




Serve with vanilla ice cream.



This is so delicious and seasonal.  I often just eat berries plain with ice cream, but this takes it to a whole other level and it is so easy. Try it!

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