July 11, 2011

Warm Strawberry (or Olallieberry!) Crisp--no egg, dairy, or nuts

Also known as, "Mommy, you're the best cooker!" 

Yes, making a strawberry dessert at 9 am and feeding it to the kids for a 10 am snack might have something to do with that very lovely compliment.
Anyhoo, we had this at an Easter party at a friend's house (thanks Hanh!), and Addison essentially licked her bowl clean.  Tristan couldn't try it that day because it was made with real butter, so I decided to give it a go at home.

So easy!  I might decrease the sugar and butter if you're watching, well, your health...but this was basically what Hanh told me to do:

Warm Strawberry Crisp (Egg, Dairy, Nut, Peanut free)  Contains: wheat, soy

about 4 cups of strawberries or other berries
1-1/2 cup flour (can also do 1/2 c. oats, and 1 c. flour)
1 cup brown sugar (I used regular sugar because I didn't have the brown and it was fine)
2 sticks (1 cup) vegan butter or margarine (I used Earth Balance buttery sticks)

1/2 t. cinnamon (optional)
  1.  Preheat oven at 350.  Take a bit of the butter or margarine and grease the pan lightly.
  2.  Wash and slice strawberries and place in pan. 
  3.  Mix remaining ingredients together until crumbly.
  4.  Pop into the oven for about 50 minutes or until the topping is browned (if you know me, my oven is on the weaker side).  I upped the oven to 450 after 40 minutes so the crumbly mixture would brown more (or broiler would be good--just keep a close eye on it).
  5.  It'll be piping hot so wait for it to cool, or if you're like us and can't wait, scoop it into bowls so it'll cool faster.
We went olallieberry picking over the weekend and came home with two (ok, maybe not so sweet) huge bags of berries (similar to blackberries).  The kids might have gotten overzealous about picking, and may have picked some less than ripe ones...but they came out really yummy in this recipe.  I tried the oats/flour mixture and made sure it got crispy on top.

We brought home two big buckets full of olallieberries, and some strawberries, too.
Tristan was an intense berry picker.
Logan was very selective.
Addison wasn't much of a berry picker, but she knew how to look the part!

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