Strawberry Apple Double Crisp (TWD)

April 12, 2011 – Comments (21)

Has it really been 3 months since my last post????  I missed you blog-osphere, and I hope that I can stick around and visit for a while.  I have all sorts of reasons for my absence, but I’ll nip this conversation in bud right now.   My life is less than perfect right now, so I will leave it at that…  ***breathe***

With strawberry season in full swing, I was inspired to get off my rear and work on this week’s Tuesdays With Dorie recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Double Crisp.     Two things intrigued me about this recipe – 1) the idea of a warm strawberry dessert and 2) exploring the ginger-strawberry flavor combination.   I didn’t go hunting for rhubarb, so I substituted with a chopped granny smith apple tossed with a healthy squeeze of lemon.

With only the hubs and myself at home, it only made sense to scale this recipe down.  The full recipe will serve 9, but a quarter of the recipe  made a perfect dessert for two. 

Dorie Greenspan’s recipe calls for a typical crisp topping  but with a little spicy surprise added to the mix — finely chopped crystallized ginger.  Some of the crisp topping is layered at the bottom of the baking dish.

The chopped apple (or rhubarb) is added, then a quickly cooked strawberry mixture is poured over.   With the apple substitution and the super sweetness of the in-season berries, I reduced the amount of sugar called for in the strawberry concoction by half.

The remaining crisp topping is sprinkled on top, and this beauty of a dessert is popped in the oven.  This smaller portion took only 20 minutes to bake.  I love how the topping became crispy with a beautiful golden brown color.

A scoop of homemade vanilla bean ice cream was the perfect accompaniament for this beautiful and delicious rustic dessert.

Cooking the strawberries really intensified its flavor, and I’m glad that I scaled back the sugar.  The berries and the apples were sweet, but not in that toothy-sugary way.  The ginger was a fantastic surprise, it provided a spicy undertone that helped balance the sweetness of the fruit. 

I now want to hunt down some rhubarb and try the recipe as it was originally intended…

Thank you Sarah of Teapots and Cakestands for a terrific selection this week!  Sarah has the complete recipe on her blog.

21 Responses to Strawberry Apple Double Crisp (TWD)

  1. I am glad your back- I love your recipes! Hope everything is ok.

  2. Di says:

    Love the pictures! And your little baking dish is really cute. I did strawberry-apple, too, and loved it.

  3. cindy harris says:

    Good to see you! I always enjoy your posts, such great photos!
    Have a wonderful day.

  4. Beth says:

    I find that a good TWD dessert helps to balance out all the other “stuff” in life. Yours looks wonderful!

  5. Nicole says:

    I used frozen rhubarb but I love apple crisp so I bet that was wonderful. I thought the ginger added a lot to the recipe and I’m glad I didn’t leave it out.

  6. The ginger-strawberry combo sounds delicious! Glad you enjoyed it!

  7. that is super good looking. and i love the way you ate it straight from the dish!

  8. Flourchild says:

    Hope life gets better for you:) I love your pitures, welcome back!

  9. Hi Linda, Glad you are back! Let’s go to lunch soon! Miss you…and this crisp looks fantastic. – best, mary

  10. Welcome back. Like your substitutions.

  11. Mary Jo says:

    This looks great! Glad to see you posting again, yay :)

  12. Margaret says:

    Wish I had been clever enough to think of subbing apples for the rhubarb. Cannot find Rhubarb anywhere!!

    That said, I am also learning to cook/bake just for two now. Not easy.

  13. Anne says:

    This looks so delicious :)

  14. Mary says:

    What lovely photos! This is my first visit to your blog so I decided to browse through your earlier entries. I’m so glad I did that. You’ve created a beautiful spot for your readers to visit and I really enjoyed the time I spent here. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  15. Baker Street says:

    Your crisp looks delicious! And its just in time for our apple blog hop! Hope you’ll come and share it with us

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  17. This is exactly the kind of dessert I’m in the mood for. And it’s so pretty!

  18. kellypea says:

    Welcome back! I can relate to the need to hide from the web and it does help sort things out. This dessert looks so wonderful! It was only recently that I had cooked strawberries and you are so right about the intensity of the flavor.

  19. Robin ONeill says:

    how can I get your recipes?

  20. Chrissi says:

    Hi. This comment is actually re a recipe for choc chip cookies I found from u on pinterest. Thank u so much, made them yesterday and while I used chips instead of chunks, they are amazing and were super easy, oh I only had gp flour too and still the best ever. Have been looking for a “rockstar” choc chip recipe and this one is it!!! It was the one from the ny times, thanks again!!!

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