Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Individual Triple Berry Crisps

I told Todd that he could pick out our Easter dessert this year. Being that I am constantly trying to eat healthy and he is diabetic, the dessert, (in my mind,) had to be "somewhat" healthy.

He requested this dish, but insisted it be served with vanilla bean ice cream. That is a compromise in my mind, and one I agreed with! Another bonus of this dessert? I typically have all of this stuff on hand... and I bet you bakers do too!

This was, by far, the most simple recipe that I have ever followed and yet the results tasted like I had worked on it all weekend! It's rich in berry flavor, but not too sweet.

Individual Triple Berry Crisps
Serves: Four (4)

12 Ounces frozen berries (I used strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries)
1/4 Cup Sugar or Truvia
2 Teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 Cup crisp topping to mix in with berries, recipe follows
2+ Cups additional crisp topping for the tops of ramekins, recipe follows

Crisp Topping: 
5 ounces all-purpose flour, approximately 1 cup
2/3 cup sugar or Truvia
1 1/2 cups chopped nuts such as; walnuts, pecans, or almonds (optional)
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
6 ounces unsalted butter, cubed and chilled

Place the flour, sugar, nuts and crackers into a large mixing bowl and combine. Work the butter into the dry ingredients with your hands until it is crumbly. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week. Use as topping for crisps, cobblers or grunts. 

Assembling the berry crisps:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the frozen berries, sugar, cornstarch and 1/2 cup of the crisp topping into a medium mixing bowl and stir to combine.

Divide the mixture evenly between 4 (7 to 8-ounce) ramekins.

Top each ramekin with 1/2 cup of the remaining crisp topping. 

Place the ramekins on a sheet pan and bake on the middle rack of the oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until the fruit is bubbling and the topping is browned.

Allow the crisps to cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Now... devour it.



Source: Slightly modified version from Alton Brown's Individual Berry Crisps.

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