This recipe will totally make your life easier. I promise.
Picture it, Sicily, 1942- you are on the meal train at your church and need to add a dessert recipe to your dinner offering. Or a new neighbor moves in and you'd like to welcome them to the area. Or a last-minute potluck lunch comes up with your homeschooling group at the park.
I'm not even kidding when I say this crisp recipe has the potential to change your life.
Ready? Set. Go.
Preheat oven to 375* or 350* if using glass baking dish.
Spray your baking dish. I use either a 9x9 or a 9x13
Put a thick layer of any type of fruit in said baking dish. The most recent two times I made this, I used frozen apples. Ahhhmazing.
In a medium size bowl, combine equal parts brown sugar and rolled oats (I use Wheat Montana's 7 Grain Cereal which I have a certain affinity for, as discussed in this post) and half of that amount of whole wheat flour. With your fingers, blend in that same amount that you used for either brown sugar or oats of real butter. (Spelled out: example- 1/2 cup of brown sugar, oats, 1/4 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of butter) Add a healthy sprinkle of cinnamon, ginger, and a 1/4 tsp of baking power, and a pinch of salt.
Sprinkle on top of fruit. Spray top with baking spray if you like it super crispy, like I do.
Bake until fruit is tender and topping is browned.
As my daughter says, "easy peasy, lemon squeasy"
Trust me: you cannot screw this up.
Some fruit combinations that are a big hit around my house:
You can use frozen, fresh, or canned-
Apple- add nutmeg into topping
Apple and cranberries-
Pear and raspberry
Black raspberry, blackberry, and blueberry
Peach- add nutmeg into topping
Peach and raspberry
Peach and pear
Rhubarb and peach
You can totally make this with gluten-free flour and certified gluten-free oats.