Tuesday, July 21, 2009

blueberry crisps, cobblers and crumbles (csa week 3)

as a threw a handful of blueberries on my morning
cereal, i couldn't help but contemplate cobblers, crumbles, and crisps. don't get me wrong, i love my blueberries plain as much as the next person but i was just itching for another fruit dessert. so what's the difference between the three anyways? the crisp was always popular in my house growing up. it's pretty hard to screw up, easy to make without a recipe and naturally wheat-free since the grain/starch involved is oats. according to an online article, a crumble is quite similar but the british version. so the real difference is with the cobbler. a cobbler is more like a pie as the topping is much more dough like. given that i had gone the cobbler-ish route lately, i decided to go for the crisp. ok, the real reason i went for the crisp is that i got frustrated looking up blueberry recipes, researching the difference between various types of fruit desserts and threw my laptop aside in a fit of fury. all so that you, dear reader, would not have to walk down this same road! then, i went to the kitchen to bake. this really is my favorite part about most fruit desserts. you can do just about anything and the thing's still gonna taste good.

go go zoe's fit of fury blueberry crisp no, i will not give you amounts or specific instructions here.
  • fruit (i used blueberries and as always, threw in a nectarine to fill in since i had already consumed most of the blueberries on cereal)
  • cornstarch
  • oats
  • butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • sugar: brown and regular
  • lemon juice
  • stir together fruit, a bit of sugar (depending on the fruit's sweetness), some lemon juice, and a liiiiittle bit of cornstarch.
  • make the topping: combine butter, oats and brown sugar. mush together with a fork or hands until it's crumbly.
  • put topping on top of fruit.
  • bake until bubbly and slightly browned (20-30 min) on 350.
  • serve with some whipped cream, ice cream, frozen yogurt, heavy cream, or nothing at all.

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