Celebrating Modern Jewish Living Through Food, Tradition, and Family
Sweet seasonal fruit and warm spices bake until tender under a crumbly, buttery topping.
The Backstory: I was looking through all the recipes that I had accumulated over the years and came upon this recipe. I have to admit–I never made this recipe but I have eaten this dessert many times over the decades. Sure, I wanted to prepare this crisp, because I happen to love all fruit and who could resist the crumble topping? More of the Backstory after the recipe…
For the Crisp
- 5 lbs seasonal fruit, peeled, cut into medium size chuncks apples, pears, peaches, plums, berries. etc.
- 2 tbsp. orange juice
- 1 tbsp. orange zest
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 tbsp. lemon zest
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp, flour
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
For the Topping
- 1 1/2 cups flour, divided
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1+ stick of butter, cold and diced leave butter in refrigerator until ready to use
- 1 cup rolled oats, uncooked
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the lemon zest, lemon juice. orange zest, orange juice, 1/2 cup white sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg and combine. Mix in the fruit and blend so that everything is well coated. Pour mixture into a 9.5 x 13 baking dish. Set aside.
To make the topping: in a large bowl, add 1 1/2 cups flour, 2/3 cup white sugar, brown sugar, and rolled oats. Add the butter and cut into mixture using 2 knives, until combined and the crumble is the size of peas. If more butter is needed for the correct texture and size, add a little at a time. Put the crumble on top of the fruit. Do not pat down too hard. Let the crumble be a little loose.
Bake for 30 minutes, if using winter type of fruit like apples or pears, it may have to bake for a several minutes more. Check, by inserting a tooth pick into the fruit, for softness. If need be, bake for a few minutes more. Use your judgement. Remove when done and let rest for about 10 minutes before serving. Serve by itself or with vanilla ice cream.
…The Backstory continues: However, my husband did not like most fruit (seriously) so the recipe just stayed in my folder along with so many others that I never made. I know my kids did not eat this in our home growing up, because if my husband didn’t like something, I just never bothered to present it. Perhaps I was just too busy or lazy. If they my adult children are reading this, I am sure they are saying “too lazy”. I am truly sorry, kids. Now go make this for your kids. It’s delicious!