Berries are back!  This Berry Crisp recipe is best when made in season, but cab be just as tasty if you freeze and store your fresh berries for a winter treat and all through the year.   Fresh is best for me but feel free to use store bought berries as well.   I used popular berries but feel free to use your own selection of berries.  I added blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries. The farmer’s market is a great place during the season to purchase berries and it also helps support the local farming.

Ingredients:

2¼ cups fresh blueberries

2 cups fresh blackberries

2 cups fresh raspberries

2¼ cup fresh strawberries

Zest of 1 orange

2¼ cups whole oats

1¼ cup light brown sugar

1½ cups granulated sugar, divided

1¾ cups plus 1 teaspoon of all-purpose flour, divided

Pinch of salt

½ teaspoon cinnamon

½ cup of toasted pecan pieces (optional)

2 sticks of Butter plus 2 tablespoons, very cold and cubed

Preparation:

  1. You will need 2 9-inch pie plates.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  3. Rinse the berries, drain and pat dry using a paper towel. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl add ½ cup flour, ½ of the granulated sugar, orange zest and cinnamon and whisk together.
  5. Add the berries to flour mixture and gently toss to coat the fruit.
  6. Divide evenly among the pie plates.
  7. For the topping, place the whole oats in a food processor and pulse 3 to 4 short bursts. Do not pulse to a flour but small enough to recognize and chew the oats.
  8. Pour oats into a large bowl. Add the remaining flour, the sugars and the salt. Mix Thoroughly.
  9. Add the cold butter to the flour/sugar mixture using a pastry cutter and mix until mixture resembles small peas.
  10. Spread over the berries and cook until browned and bubbly.
  11. Serve with whipped cream, sweet cream, or ice cream and top with Triple Berry Sauce (found on www.simplechefrenee.com).

 

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