Desserts, Food

Mixed Berry Oatmeal Almond Crisp – Recipe!

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Berry season is in full swing and there is nothing I like better than a fresh berry crisp.  Crisps are a fruit based dessert with a crumb topping, which offers outstanding texture and flavor.  The sweet berries deliver lusciousness to the palate, while the nutty oaty crust allows for a crunchy contrast. This Mixed Berry Oatmeal Almond Crisp is super simple to make, but tastes like it took hours to put together.

Crisps make great dessert for parties because they feed a crowd.  I like to serve my crisp with ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream on top and it is nice warm out of the oven or served at room temperature. Feel free to use any combination of berries, I just happen to love blueberries and raspberries.

Ingredients

2 pints raspberries

2 pints blueberries

1/4 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup sugar

juice of 1/2 lemon

Topping

1 cup all purpose flour

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup slivered almonds

1/3 cup sugar

10 tablespoons butter, cold

vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, optional

(Serves 8-10)

To Prepare:

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease or spray with oil a 1 quart oven proof dish.  In a large bowl, combine the berries, flour, sugar and lemon juice. Using your hands, toss to combine.

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2.  Pour the berries into the prepared dish.  In another bowl, combine the flour, oats, almonds and sugar, stir to combine.  Dice the butter into 1/2 inch pieces and add it to the flour mixture.  Using your hands, press the butter into the flour mixture, until it resembles coarse crumbs.

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3.  Sprinkle the crumb topping over the berry mixture.  Place the dish on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 40-50 minutes, or until the edges are bubbling and the top is golden brown.

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4.  Remove the crisp from the oven and let cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.  Enjoy!

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