Celebrate the Taste of Summer

Blueberries are ripe for the picking right now in our neck of the woods – makes sense since it’s National Blueberry Month. I wanted to reap the benefits of those fresh summer berries and turn them into a delicious blueberry crisp! We carry a locally produced crisp mix made right here in New Hampshire in some of our gourmet breakfast gift baskets. Because the fruit to crisp ratio is so high, this dessert totally works for breakfast or as a more traditional dessert post-dinner.

This crisp was super easy to make, and the results were so delicious. All I had to do was put 6-8 cups of fresh or frozen blueberries into an 8x8 cake pan and sprinkle them lightly with flour. Then I emptied the mix into a bowl and using a fork, incorporated in some melted, unsalted butter. Simply spread this mixture over the berries and pop into the oven for a half hour! Easy as can be. Plus, this dish is just as delicious hot as it is cold – in fact, I liked it even more the next day served chilled.

A quick note about the amount of berries – my pan was CHOCK full to the brim using 6 cups. Unless your pan is super deep, I’d suggest sticking with 6 cups, which amounted to slightly more than three pints of blueberries for me.

The box had some great suggestions for variations of this crisp – you can always use a different fruit, such as peaches, pears or a combo with blueberries. I think it might also be divine with raspberries, especially if they’re freshly picked. Another great suggestion was to nix a crisp altogether and use the mix as a muffin or coffee cake topping instead.

I paired my finished crisp with some homemade blueberry ice cream – there is no such thing as a blueberry overload in case you were wondering. Want to make some yourself? I promise it was super easy! Not quite as easy as this crisp, but there was no ice cream machine required and took about 5 minutes before popping it into the freezer. As the recipe suggests, you can also use strawberries or mangoes (or really, any other frozen fruit you’d like).

This crisp would be just as delicious on its own, served on top of yogurt, or topped with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Get creative!
 

 

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