The last time I wrote a blog post (2 months ago) we were not in the throes of a global pandemic. Really did not think I would be typing that sentence anytime in my life, but here we are. With all the uncertainty and fear that so many people are facing, writing about recipes and desserts almost feels a little callous. I’ve kept my distance on posting things like this for fear of coming off as frivolous, but in reality everyone needs to eat. I have since realized that cooking and caring and providing for others is one of the greatest comforts in my life, and in truth we need that now more than ever.
I found myself with a pint of strawberries on their last leg, not enough to make a large dessert, but enough for something. So I created a simple little dessert that brought me joy and didn’t wipe out my pantry stock of items that are hard to find right now, like flour and sugar. Small batch desserts are perfect when you want to bake, but don’t want to use up the limited ingredients you may have on hand. I hope this small thing brings you and yours some joy and provides a small escape from what’s going on. Happy eating!
TIPS FOR BAKING EASY STRAWBERRY CRISP FOR TWO
This recipe can be subbed to work in whatever you have on hand! Only have frozen strawberries? That’s fine! Just add an extra teaspoon of cornstarch. Don’t have strawberries but you have blueberries or pears or apples instead? That’s fine too! Sub whatever you have in. Don’t have brown sugar? Throw regular sugar in! No butter? Use a neutral oil in its place. This recipe shouldn’t be stressful, just a little sweetness to brighten a tough time. Now, more than ever, is the time to experiment with what you have on hand!
If you need any other suggestions, or have questions, drop them in the comments section below!
This super easy recipe only requires a handful of ingredients and is the perfect dessert for two!
1/3 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
pinch of kosher salt
16 oz strawberries, tops removed and cut in half
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons corn starch
1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F.
2. To make the crisp topping: in a small bowl, mix all ingredients together with a fork until all the ingredients are well mixed. Place in the fridge while preparing the filling.
3. In a small bowl, toss all the filling ingredients together. Lightly grease a small baking dish (mine was about 6 inches in diameter, about 2 inches deep). Pour the filling and all the juices in the baking dish and top with the chilled crisp topping. Place the baking dish on a baking sheet to catch any overflow and place in the oven. Bake for 40-45 minutes until the topping is golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Allow to cool on a rack for 15-20 minutes before serving.
4. Top with a scoop of ice cream!
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