Wednesday, February 2, 2011


When it is cold and rainy, I want to bake!  When it is cold and rainy, I want to stay home.  When it is cold and rainy, I do not want to go to the grocery store for ingredients needed to bake.  Sooooo...I make do with what we have at home.

I have mentioned my love of cobbler before, but I was on a quest for one with multiple fruits, more specifically the fruits I had at home, so I didn't have to go shopping.  At any given time, I usually have at least three bags of frozen fruits in our freezer....either for smoothies, desserts, or just because they were on sale.  This time, I had peaches, blueberries, and rhubarb.

Normally, I think of cobbler as a summer treat, but sometimes nothing tastes better when I just cannot seem to get warm and when I have a freezer stocked with frozen fruit, than a warm pile of cobbler.  I guess this is technically more of a fruit crisp (since the title of the recipe was 'Fruit Crisp,' but I prefer the word 'cobbler.')    I made it on Monday and since it was so dark in the house, I couldn't get great pictures.  These photos are from when I first made this back in July and had planned to post, but I forgot.

I used a recipe from my Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook, but made a few changes.  I completely omitted the butter (Sorry, Paula Deen) and used oil.  I feel better about eating treats when I know at least I am eating good fats (ha ha), so I used vegetable oil.

Fruit Crisp

5 cups sliced, peeled cooking apples, pears, peaches, or apricots, or frozen unsweetened peaches  (I used a mix of peaches, blueberries, and rhubarb.)
2-4 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, ginger, or cinnamon  (I used a little of each.)
1/4 cup butter or margarine (I used vegetable oil.)
1/4 cup chopped nuts or coconut  ( I omitted this.)

1.  For fruit filling, thaw  fruit if frozen.  Do not drain.  Place fruit in a 2-quart baking dish.  Stir in granulated sugar.

2.  For topping, in a medium bowl combine the oats, brown sugar, flour, and nutmeg.  Cit in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Stir in the nuts.  Sprinkle over fruit.

3.  Bake in a 375-degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes (40 minutes for thawed fruit) or until fruit is tender and topping is golden.

A few notes included with the recipe:

Blueberry Crisp:  Prepare filling as above, except use 5 cups fresh or frozen blueberries for the fruit.  Use 4 tablespoons granulated sugar and add 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour.

Rhubarb Crisp:  Prepare filling as above, except use 5 cups fresh or frozen sliced rhubarb for the fruit.  (If rhubarb is frozen, thaw, but do not drain.)  Increase granulated sugar to 3/4 cup and add 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour.


I hope your week has been great!


Sarah@Designmarc said...

This looks tasty! I always try to sub oil for butter too! I agree that it's better that way, though a lot of people disagree and say "Fat is fat." Um, no it is not! Not all fat is created equal! :o)

BTW, I made your double fudge pie and my kids asked me where I bought it. LOL I am not much of a baker and they thought I got it at some fancy bakery. It was so good and so easy! I see why it is a Christmas tradition with your family. Thanks for sharing it!


Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

I love cobblers. They are just so warm and gooey and comforting. Too bad my husband doesn't share my feelings.

Rachel@Delight said...

That does look good! And the colors match your blog! So pretty!

I agree about the good fats. :) I get yelled at for eating avocado because "it is so fattening." I want to slap a few people when they tell me that. LOL


Suzie @ cupcake monkey said...

Oh yay, Sarah!! I am so glad you liked the pie! Your stories about your kids crack me up! And yes, "Not all fat is created equal!" Love that!

Danielle, my husband doesn't really like it either, so more for me! :)

Rachel, I want to slap a few people for that too!! :D

Torrie said...

I'm lucky because Ryan & I are both huge cobbler fans, so we enjoy them often... especially in the fall and summer.

I loved your comment yesterday... so very true. It was definitely a hard list to create. (I'm still waiting for an *easy list:)