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Fruit Crisp with Pears and Blackberries

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A fresh fruit crisp has got to be the best week-night dessert, delicious simplicity and as versatile as whatever happens to be ripe.  Almost any fruit combination will work, I especially like mixing berries with pears or peaches.  Apples are fantastic too, as we get closer to fall.  We like to eat the leftovers for breakfast with a scoop of Greek yogurt, morning perfection!


Fruit Crisp

Start by preparing the fruit, about 4-6 cups of what is ripe, though frozen does work really well too.

Blackberries and Pears

I had about 2 cups of blackberries and loganberries and 2 ripe pears, about a 1 quart total.

Mix blackberries and pears

Toss the fruit with a drizzle of maple syrup and a tsp of vanilla.

For the topping, mix together flour, oats, nuts and salt.  You can also add cinnamon, if you’d like.
I cut the butter into small chunks, then work it into the flour mixture with my fingers, until it is all smashed up.
Bake for 30-45 minutes, depending on how soft or firm your fruit is.

Fruit Crisp

When the fruit is bubbling up and the topping is crisp and golden brown, pull it out of the oven and let cool.

blackberry pear fruit crisp

The best way to enjoy is while the fruit crisp is still warm.  Maybe some ice cream or yogurt?  Any way you like it, this is a healthy and quick dessert that will bring smiles to your table.

Fruit Crisp with Pears and Blackberries
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  • 4-6 cups prepared fruit (berries, pears, peaches, apples)
  • 1 Tbs maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ cup oatmeal
  • ¼ cup chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds)
  • ¼ cup butter, cut into small chunks
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F
  2. Gently toss the fruit with maple syrup and vanilla and pour into a baking dish.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  4. Using your fingers, mash the butter into the flour mixture until there isn't any loose flour.
  5. Sprinkle over the fruit.
  6. Place baking dish on a sheet pan and bake for 30-45 minutes, until the fruit is bubbling and the topping is golden brown.

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