Thursday, June 12

Mixed Berry Almond-Oat Crisp

Strawberries and blackberries baked with a crunchy topping of oats and nuts

Mixed Berry Crisp

Even though I've lived in L.A. for most of my life, I'm always discovering new places in the city. My husband and I took our first trip to the Grand Central Market downtown last weekend (primarily to have breakfast here and lunch here) and came home with a bunch of tasty purchases like mole poblano rojo sauce, dried chiles and beans, and fresh produce. We bought everything for cheap, but the fresh fruit we got was a real steal. Some of the vendors sell fruit that's nearly overripe but at a discount that is almost unbelievable. I picked up two pints of strawberries and two pints of blackberries for a total of $2(!) and put them to use in this fruit crisp. The fruit bakes in a hot oven until jammy and bubbling, so it's a perfect way to use up any fruit that's getting to be a little too soft. I switched it up from my usual recipe and added slivered almonds and oats to the crumble topping, which adds body and a slight breakfast-y quality to the dish. Serve it with ice cream for dessert or with a scoop of plain Greek yogurt the next morning.

Related Recipes:
- Peach Raspberry Crumble
- Healthy Oat Pancakes
- Strawberry Crostada

Mixed Berry Almond-Oat Crisp:
  • Preheat the oven to 375F.
  • In a mixing bowl, use a pastry cutter or your hands to work 1 stick of cold, diced butter into 1/2 c. all-purpose flour, 1/4 c. white sugar, 1/4 c. brown sugar, and a pinch of salt until the butter is the size of peas or smaller.
  • Mix in 1/4 c. rolled oats and 1/4 c. slivered almonds until combined. Set topping aside.
  • Slice the tops off of 2 pints of strawberries and halve any large ones.
  • Combine the strawberries with 1 pint of blackberries in a large baking dish and sprinkle the fruit with 1-2 tbsp. of sugar* and 1 tsp. cornstarch.
  • Sprinkle the topping evenly over the fruit and place in the oven.
  • Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until the topping is golden and the fruit is soft and bubbling.
  • Let cool slightly, then cut into slices and serve with ice cream, yogurt, or just enjoy as is.

Serves eight
*Depending on how sweet the fruit is.