Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Summer Peach Berry Crisp

I can't believe that I'm down to my "last" day of summer....my dude goes back to school tomorrow.  It seems like yesterday that he was a cute little pre-schooler; now he's the "upper" classman at his K-3 elementary school!  Time sure has flown by!

So, hurrah to summer!  We've had a blast!  We've done a lot of cool things, accomplished a lot of projects (read: redo practically every room in my entire house since spring break!), swam in the ocean and played at the beach.

We've eaten a lot of watermelon and ice cream cones, and enjoyed summer's bounty of sweet juicy fruits, this berry crisp included.  So, while I greatly anticipate fall and its bushel of wonderfulness, I've enjoyed the tastes and scents of summer!

What about you?  What is your favorite memory from Summer 2011?

Summer Peach Berry Crisp
Source:  Karla and her sister, Linzy

2 cups cherries, pitted and halved
1 1/2 containers of strawberries, hulled and halved (about 3 cups)
1 cup fresh blackberries
3 peaches, peeled, sliced, and diced into large chunks
2 cups blueberries (I used frozen)
1/2 cup sugar (more if your fruit is tart)
3 tbl. cornstarch

Streusel topping
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted

Whipped Cream
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tbl. sugar
1 tbl. vanilla

Whisk on high until stiff peaks form.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place prepared fruit in a large bowl.  In a smaller bowl, whisk together the sugar and cornstarch.  Add to fruit and gently toss to coat fruit with sugar mixture.  Pour fruit into a 9x13 baking dish.

In another glass bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, sugar, oats, and salt with a fork.  Add melted butter and stir gently to incorporate until dry ingredients are moist.  Add streusel topping to the fruit.

Bake uncovered 30-40 minutes until fruit is bubbling and topping is lightly golden.  Let cool 10 minutes before serving.  Top with whipped cream and enjoy!

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