Summer Berry Crisp

by Jenn on July 5, 2010

in Desserts,Gluten Free

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You’re probably sick of hearing me talk about strawberries by now, but I have one last strawberry dish for you!  The season is sadly ending, and I am holding out as long as I can before having to wait another year for my favorite red fruit again.  Luckily, Summer is full of great tasty fresh fruits throughout the season, so now there are things like cherries, melons are coming in, and soon there will be peaches!  I think I might be able to survive entirely on fresh fruit during this season, well if it weren’t for things like cheese or chocolate to distract me…ok maybe there are some other foods too that I enjoy as well :)

This dish, however, might be the one.  And by that I don’t mean my next life-long relationship (even strawberries cannot trump the awesomeness of my husband), I mean the dish that lets the berries sing through every bite, a joyous chorus of praise and adoration for all things wonderful in life.  Bright and cheerful, you can feel your spirits lifting and your cares dissolving with each successive spoonful.  I think this crisp may have the ability to mollify tensions and makeup after arguments.  Especially served right out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.  I think it could be that powerful.

Ok, maybe not, but if you were going to try with a food item, this would be the one to make.  I enjoyed this past holiday weekend in the States with my parents and sister, and this was the blissful dish that ended the weekend.  As I did not have my gluten free husband with me, I did not make this gluten free.  But it’s easy to convert, and I bet you can do this without even having to mutter a prayer to the gluten free baking gods!    You can substitute your favorite gluten free flour mix (or even one pre-made from a package!) wherever flour is needed, because the gluten is not integral to this dish – the flour is merely a thickening agent in the fruit mixture, and the topping is going to bake to be sweet and crumbly anyways.  It’s the perfect adaptable GF dessert!  The topping does call for oats though – you can either use very pricey certified GF oats, but I also bet that quinoa flakes would work just fine here.  In fact, I’ll even go out on a gamble, and write them into the recipe as an alternative.  When I make this again for my husband (because after seeing this post he surely is going to request it!), I will be using quinoa flakes instead of oats.

So here is to the last of the strawberries, and the ultimate swan song to celebrate them, a very berry crisp!

Also linked to – Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays – ok this is a bit more than slightly indulgent, but highlighting such awesome fresh fruit has to have some nutritional value somewhere, right? ;)

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Mo July 5, 2010 at 3:43 pm

This looks wonderful, Jenn. :)

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Jenn July 5, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Thanks so much!

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Rosa July 5, 2010 at 5:17 pm

A fabulous crisp! So irresistible. :)

Cheers,

Rosa

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Jenn July 5, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Thanks Rosa!

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ashley July 5, 2010 at 5:25 pm

this looks absolutely delicious! i’ve honestly never made a crisp. another one of those things on my to do list that I really ought to get around to!

happy 4th!

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Jenn July 5, 2010 at 9:34 pm

You should! They are so easy, little effort required! Now to just get a cool enough day to stand turning the oven on…

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Aubree Cherie July 5, 2010 at 5:27 pm

I’ll never get sick of you talking about strawberries! Each recipe you’ve been posting with strawberries has had me drooling and contemplating a trip to Europe :P

This is definitely no exception! I love the addition of blackberries, there another of my favorite fruits :)

~Aubree Cherie

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Jenn July 5, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Oh good I’m glad! And yes, you should take a trip and come visit!!

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GFree_Miel July 5, 2010 at 9:20 pm

This looks like comfort food at its best! I love strawberries almost as much as you (almost). I was always the kid with the big red smile after eating my grandma’s mixed berry pie (I’d pick all of the strawberries out to eat and leave the blue berries and raspberries for my sister). Now I love so many kinds of berries, but strawberries still reign in my heart.

I wish strawberries were always in season so I could read more of your posts on strawberries.

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Jenn July 5, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Glad to know another strawberry lover! I wish strawberries were always in season too :)

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Amy I. July 6, 2010 at 2:14 am

So glad you liked it, Jenn! This recipe is a keeper.

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Jenn July 6, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Thanks for sharing it Amy!

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Amy I. July 6, 2010 at 2:14 am

So glad you liked it, Jenn! This recipe is a keeper.

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Jenn July 6, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Thanks for sharing it Amy!

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Debbie July 6, 2010 at 2:15 am

I will never get tired of strawberry recipes! This looks fabulous and so are your pics, thanks!

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Jenn July 6, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Thanks! Glad to know so many of us are such strawberry lovers!

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Debbie July 6, 2010 at 2:15 am

I will never get tired of strawberry recipes! This looks fabulous and so are your pics, thanks!

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Jenn July 6, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Thanks! Glad to know so many of us are such strawberry lovers!

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Magic of Spice July 6, 2010 at 4:30 am

This looks perfect!

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Jenn July 6, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Thank you!

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Lisa July 6, 2010 at 6:20 am

Wow Jenn this looks fabulous, can’t wait to try it. I LOVE a good crisp!
http://www.bakedinmaine.com

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Jenn July 6, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Thanks, I hope you like it!

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Rosa Crain July 6, 2010 at 8:35 am

I LOVE strawberries and am loving all your recipes…especially since I’ve just had to go gluten-free this summer and struggling with all the changes.

Can you tell me what “your favorite flour mix” is?!?! I’m still learning about all the different flours and what is best to use with what!!! It’s all a little overwhelming but also lots of fun!!! Thanks for all your help!!

Rosa

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Jenn July 6, 2010 at 11:28 am

Hi and thanks! My favorite flour mix really changes depending on what I’m making – in the case of this crisp it really doesn’t matter what you use – a good basic mix to start would made up of 1/3 tapioca starch, 1/3 rice flour, and 1/3 sorghum or millet. But in this case, a pre-packaged all purpose GF mix would work great as well.

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Shea M. July 6, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Choclate, cheese, and STRAWBERRIES! A woman after my own heart with those favorites :) This looks lovely… plop some vanilla bean ice cream on it… mmm. I only wish you had included a photo of a big bowl full, so we could have seen the inside!

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Jenn July 6, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Thanks! Yeah I wanted to get a pic w/ ice cream in a bowl, but the light was already dying so much I was just about at my limits of allowable exposure time w/o a tripod when it first came out of the oven…My parents live in a forest and so good light goes early, even in the summer! But don’t worry, I’ll be making more crisps :)

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Shea M. July 6, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Choclate, cheese, and STRAWBERRIES! A woman after my own heart with those favorites :) This looks lovely… plop some vanilla bean ice cream on it… mmm. I only wish you had included a photo of a big bowl full, so we could have seen the inside!

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Jenn July 6, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Thanks! Yeah I wanted to get a pic w/ ice cream in a bowl, but the light was already dying so much I was just about at my limits of allowable exposure time w/o a tripod when it first came out of the oven…My parents live in a forest and so good light goes early, even in the summer! But don’t worry, I’ll be making more crisps :)

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Deanna July 6, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Yum, yum, yum. I’ve entirely missed the strawberry season this year, other than the handful I got out of my backyard. :( But, cherries are still coming!

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Jenn July 6, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Oh no, that’s so sad – just one handful! Well, at least you get tasty cherries!

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Deanna July 6, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Yum, yum, yum. I’ve entirely missed the strawberry season this year, other than the handful I got out of my backyard. :( But, cherries are still coming!

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Jenn July 6, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Oh no, that’s so sad – just one handful! Well, at least you get tasty cherries!

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CC Recipe July 6, 2010 at 4:28 pm

This berry crisp looks fantastic!

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Jenn July 6, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Thanks!!

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CC Recipe July 6, 2010 at 4:28 pm

This berry crisp looks fantastic!

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Jenn July 6, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Thanks!!

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Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten Free July 6, 2010 at 7:41 pm

I’m another strawberry lover…I can’t ever seem to get enough. I love using quinoa flakes but they do have a different texture and flavor than oats, and quinoa flakes are quick cooking so sometimes it makes the recipe work differently. I’ve used them in crisps before, though, and they work great.

My husband would ask for more of this dish, too!

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Jenn July 6, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Glad to know they work in crisps! And I was right, as soon as my husband saw the post he asked me to make it for him back en Suisse, so I’ll definitely be using quinoa flakes in this recipe very soon – probably this week even :)

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Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten Free July 6, 2010 at 7:41 pm

I’m another strawberry lover…I can’t ever seem to get enough. I love using quinoa flakes but they do have a different texture and flavor than oats, and quinoa flakes are quick cooking so sometimes it makes the recipe work differently. I’ve used them in crisps before, though, and they work great.

My husband would ask for more of this dish, too!

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Jenn July 6, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Glad to know they work in crisps! And I was right, as soon as my husband saw the post he asked me to make it for him back en Suisse, so I’ll definitely be using quinoa flakes in this recipe very soon – probably this week even :)

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Jenn July 6, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Thank you!

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Jenn July 6, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Thanks, I hope you like it!

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bunkycooks July 7, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Crisps are my favorites in the Summer! They are perfect with all the lovely, fresh fruits.

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Jenn July 8, 2010 at 11:14 pm

mmmm yay for fresh Summer fruit!

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bunkycooks July 7, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Crisps are my favorites in the Summer! They are perfect with all the lovely, fresh fruits.

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Jenn July 8, 2010 at 11:14 pm

mmmm yay for fresh Summer fruit!

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The Housewife July 7, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Bookmarked your recipe to make the same for my dad. :) I love crisps… they’re simple, delicious and of course, a great way to incorporate fruit!

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Jenn July 8, 2010 at 11:14 pm

Oh awesome, I hope he enjoys it!

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The Housewife July 7, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Bookmarked your recipe to make the same for my dad. :) I love crisps… they’re simple, delicious and of course, a great way to incorporate fruit!

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Jenn July 8, 2010 at 11:14 pm

Oh awesome, I hope he enjoys it!

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Kevin (Closet Cooking) July 10, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Great way to enjoy the summer berries!

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Jenn July 11, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Thanks Kevin!!

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Kevin (Closet Cooking) July 10, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Great way to enjoy the summer berries!

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Jenn July 11, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Thanks Kevin!!

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Celiacs in the House July 13, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Jenn
Never thought of using strawberries in a crisp. Of course, around here, strawberries are gone as soon as they are washed. We love them just as they are. They didn’t seem to be as abundant locally this year, but I will keep it in mind if there is a big crop next year.
Wendy

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Celiacs in the House July 13, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Jenn
Never thought of using strawberries in a crisp. Of course, around here, strawberries are gone as soon as they are washed. We love them just as they are. They didn’t seem to be as abundant locally this year, but I will keep it in mind if there is a big crop next year.
Wendy

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