You know I love crisps if you have searched our site, as you will also find blackberry and cherry crisps and an apple-cranberry crisp.
With strawberries and rhubarb in season and getting some rhubarb at the CSA last week, why not make up a nice treat? The sweetness of the berry offsets the tartness of the rhubarb for a perfect combination.
With the exception of juice, it seems that this is the only time that cranberries make an appearance on the menu. For most of the year, these red berries slip from our minds only to come charging back into produce stands in mid- to late-October just in time to get us thinking about the upcoming holidays. They have a distinct, tart flavor that can be overpowering (grab a handful of fresh berries and toss them in your mouth), but that makes them an excellent ingredient for marinading meats (even better – try cranberry-fed venison some time!). They are also a great accompaniment to sweeter fruits in various medleys and baked desserts, like this one…
My very favorite dessert growing up was my grandma’s berry pie. Crisps are also great and one of my favorite desserts because, like pie, you can make them with so many different types of fruit and you can’t really go wrong.
Crisps are kind of like pie, but with the “crust” only on the top. You can eat it cold, but why not take some of the fall chill off and have a piece after it has cooled slightly from the oven? Here I made a marionberry crisp and then later made some slight variations to the recipe (see below) for a super delicious cherry crisp. If you are so lucky to live in the NW and are able to get some marionberries, I highly recommend them. YUM!! Traditionally, I would make crisps with oats, but since oats are out now, this recipe was great with the crunchiness of some nuts. You could also chop the nuts really fine for less of a crunch.
Before I begin, please check out my new apron I made I’m proud of it, especially since I have had the fabric for probably over a year. Then it took me only about 2 hours to make…isn’t that how things go sometimes? I encourage you to get going on a project you have been putting off because really, it may only take you a few hours to finish it, and think of the overwhelming feeling of accomplishment you will have?? Facebook and TV can wait; they will always be there… I digress…
Pondering my next recipe!