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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Crumbles, Crisps and Cobblers

Crumbles, crisps and cobblers are not created equally. These homey fruit desserts are not as evocative as say a Pear Fragipane Tart, but their appeal lies in the simplicity of the ingredients and baking method.

  • Crumbles (as you might have guessed) contain a crumbly topping of usually butter, flour and spices covering a layer of fruit.
  • Crisps are like crumbles in that they contain a crumb-like topping covering a layer of fruit baked in a baking dish.
  • Cobblers on the other hand are made (literally "cobbled" together) from fruit and a biscuit topping. The fruit is laid in a baking dish and then topped with rounds of biscuit dough that form a puffy exterior to the baked dessert.
No matter which you choose, crisps, crumbles and cobblers are a lot of fun to bake, and are a great solution to dessert for a dinner or just a late afternoon snack at the kitchen table. The beauty of these fruit desserts is that they can be made with a variety of seasonal fruits. During the springtime, rhubarb crisp or rhubarb cobbler is a delightful treat for the family. During the summertime, the abundance of berries, like blackberries, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, are natural candidates for a mixed berry cobbler, if you desire. And as summer winds into fall, the comforting aroma of a baked apple cobbler or pear crisp can take the chill off an autumn afternoon.

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