One of my favourite summer desserts is a fruit crisp. Whether it is apple, rhubarb, blueberry, peach, mixed berries or Saskatoon, a crisp is always a winner.
The recipe for a crisp is almost always the same, give or take a little sugar. You can whip one up with any fruit you have on hand, even a mixture of fruit is great. Served plain or with a perfect scoop of vanilla ice cream, or even a little drizzle of heavy cream, a crisp is the perfect way to end a summer meal.
This Saskatoon Crisp is one of my all-time favorites. I can’t tell you how many times as a kid I got up early early (6am) to go to fishing with my dad. We would always finish fishing by around noon in the summer because it gets too hot. On our way back to town we would always be on the lookout for some perfectly ripe Saskatoon’s. If we spotted a bunch we pulled over, grabbed our berry picking pails and went to town. If we were lucky we would pick enough to make a big old crisp when we got home. The perfect end to a giant fish fry!
What you need,
3 cups Saskatoon berries
½ cup granulated sugar
1-2 tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1½ tbsp. cornstarch
For the topping,
½ cup butter, softened
¾ cup brown sugar
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 heaping cups oats (I used quick cook because it is what I had!)
Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter a 9 inch square baking dish.
In a bowl toss the berries with the sugar, lemon juice and corn starch. Place the berry mixture into the prepared pan.
In a separate bowl use a fork or your fingers, I find fingers work the best, to combine the butter with the sugar, flour and oats. Mix just until the mixture is coarse and crumbly.
Sprinkle the topping over the berries to cover.
Bake for 35-40 minutes until hot and bubbly.
Serve warm or cold, with our without vanilla ice cream!
There you have it a super simple but absolutely amazing summer dessert‼