When it comes to dessert, a lot of people are all about the chocolate. And don't get me wrong; I like chocolate as much as the next guy, but given a choice I always pick something based on fruit. I love a tart or pie or strudel, but the abundance of stone fruit and berries in the summer screams out for Fruit Crisp!
This recipe adds another one of my foody passions: CRUNCH. I can write a whole post about it; I'll call it An Ode to Crunch. But when it comes to a hot Fruit Crisp, I always found that the fruit underneath cooked through long before the topping was crunchy enough for my taste.
Until I found this recipe, which I adapted. Baking the topping by itself creates Super Crunchy bits and pieces that provide a satisfying contrast to the ooey-gooey hot fruit. The topping is great on yogurt too. Click here for printable recipe.
Fruit Crisp with Super Crunchy Topping
Bake the topping separately from the fruit for a super crunchy topping that provides a striking contrast to the soft, sweet fruit inside. This type of Fruit Crisp is typically served warm, sometimes with ice cream or whipped cream, which adds another contrast of cold vs. hot. But if you use coconut oil instead of butter, it makes a naturally parve dessert that certainly doesn’t miss the ice cream. The amount of sugar you need depends on the sweetness of your fruit and personal preference. It needs some amount of sugar to achieve the bubbly saucy texture, but a quarter cup is enough if your fruit is really ripe and sweet and you prefer a slightly less sweet dessert.
Ingredients For the Topping ½ C brown sugar ½ C flour ½ C quick cooking oats ½ C chopped nuts, any ¼ tsp salt 1 tsp vanilla ½ C butter, melted OR ½ C liquid coconut oil
For the Fruit 4-5 C fresh fruit About 3-4 TBSP flour ¼ - ½ C sugar ¼ tsp salt Optional: 1 tsp vanilla 1 tsp cinnamon Freshly grated nutmeg 1-2 TBSP fresh tarragon & 1 tsp crushed pink peppercorns
Directions Make the Topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a bowl, combine all topping ingredients.
Spread on parchment lined baking sheet in a single layer.