Marie makes the best fruit crisps. Admittedly, crisps are not difficult to whip up, but whatever Marie creates makes my head and heart swoon, and this isn’t limited to just crisps. I don’t even like sweets, but this warm heap of heaven in a bowl makes me dream of opening a cafe that only serves crisps. Notably, my dream, not Marie’s. Juicy, bubbly tart fruit baked under a blanket of crunchy cardamom and oat streusel topping, and served up with a scoop of ice cream and a few extra flakes of Maldon sea salt. When this is in the oven, I am never sure if we should eat dinner or just skip to dessert!
4–5 peeled and sliced fruit (apples, peaches, or 6 cups of other fruit)
1/4 cup sugar
3 T flour
Squeeze of lemon
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
Toss together in a bowl.
Place in a buttered square 8 x 8 baking dish.
3/4 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup brown sugar
6 T cubed cold butter
2/3 cup flour
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of ground nutmeg or cardamom
Mix above with your hands until crumbly but sticks together (looks like pea gravel). Sprinkle over fruit add a few extra pats of butter on top before putting into the oven.
Bake at 350 for 40 to 45 minutes, until it is bubbly and top is golden. Serve warm with ice cream.