Sunday, July 24, 2011

Super Crispy Fruit Crisp

The thing I love most about cooking is improvising. Although I own 89+ cookbooks, I rarely follow a recipe. The fun, for me, is in 'winging it.' Doing my own thing.

Baking isn't usually as much fun. You've got to stick to the recipe or you risk ruining your cake. What fun is that? 

That's what I love about this recipe. Although you do need to follow the basic formula, this recipe just invites improvising! My current favorite combination of fruit is 2 granny smith apples, 2 pears, and 1 cup each of blueberries and cherries. But that'll change as the seasons do. When stone fruit is in season, I can't get enough of fresh peach and blueberry crisp. 

Super Crispy Fruit Crisp This is a basic formula which you can use with lots of different combinations of fruits. I mostly use fresh seasonal fruit but I've also had really good results with frozen cranberries,cherries, and blueberries. My favorite combinations: 

  • pears, apples, and cranberries
  • pears, apples, blueberries, and cherries
  • peaches, nectarines, and blueberries
  • apples (granny smith or any other firm favorites) and dried cherries
  • strawberries, rhubarb, and apples 
  • plums and apples
  • peaches, apples, and cherries

about 6 cups of your favorite fruit, pitted, peeled and sliced as necessary
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
juice of half a lemon
1-2 tablespoons sugar, optional, if the fruit is tart or if you like a sweeter crisp

½ cup coconut oil
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
½ cup pecans, broken into small but not tiny pieces

Preheat the oven to 350*.

Combine the prepared fruit, lemon juice, flour and salt in a Pyrex pie plate. Mix well. (Here's my favorite on Amazon.)

In a very large mixing bowl, combine the coconut oil, brown sugar, oatmeal, and nuts. Crumble the mixture with your fingers to make a coarse crumb. (This is my favorite part. I love how the grainy sugar feels against my hands.)

Scatter the topping evenly over the fruit. Bake for about an hour, till the top is beginning to brown.

Serve warm or cool completely before covering with foil and refrigerating for up to three days. If you are refrigerating it, bring it back to room temperature before serving.


  1. Looks delicious. I love how versatile it is.

  2. I need to pick up some coconut oil. This looks fantastic - love the topping!

  3. My favorite summer recipe. It's so nice to mix up the seasonal fruit. This looks so pretty!

  4. One dish with all those delicious fruits is a sure fire hit with me!

  5. I think this is actually a great example of how you -can- improvise in baking! Most people see it as being strict, but it's just a matter of minding your ratios. There's really tons of room for experimentation. :)

    Looks delicious and perfectly summery!

  6. This looks so easy and good. I bet this would be amazing with coconut ice cream or sorbet.

  7. I'm playing the same improvising today with pie!

  8. This looks very good - I've only every used a mix of 2 fruit, but I'll try this multi-mix as I always have fruit around that needs to be used up. From what it looks like in the pictures, you mixed fresh and frozen fruit - does that influence the amount of liquid you'll get when you dig underneath the crispy surface, i.e. will there be more liquid?

  9. Wow all those fruits! I love the jumble of flavors. I'm going to try this myself.

  10. What a wonderful mix of fruits - something for everyone! Love the oat topping too. I haven't made a fruit crisp in a long time - I need to remedy that!

  11. Cranberry and apple is one of my favorite combos. Peach, nectarine, blueberry sounds amazing--I'll have to check this out while they are in season now!

  12. this is definitely melt in your mouth delicious for me! I love all the different fruits! Wow, amazing and so beautiful

  13. My mouth is watering! I can't wait to make this!

  14. I love love love fruit crisps - the perfect way to clear out the fridge! :) I'll definitely have to try this topping!

  15. Improv in baking? Sounds like fun!

    And delicious. It also sounds delicious. this crisp looks super tasty to me!

  16. Fruit crisps make the best desserts because they are fairly easy but look so complex! This looks delicious.

  17. When you're explaining how to make the topping, you write about mixing oil, sugar, oatmeal, flour and nuts - but I don't see flour in the ingredient list? How much flour is needed?

  18. Yvonne: you are so right! I am sorry. The instructions are not correct. There is NO flour in this recipe. I will correct that ASAP. Thanks for pointing that out. Hope you try it soon.


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