It’s all about fruit this summer from strawberries to watermelon. Now it’s time for blueberries to have their minute in the spotlight. Blueberries are among the highest antioxidant fruits. The compounds in them fight off degenerative diseases, aging, cancer and infections. They are known as a super food for this very reason.
As with the watermelon granita, this blueberry crisp recipe is simple to make since the natural flavor of the fruit adds an integral level to the sweet. I made this recipe as the finishing piece to a delicious summertime BBQ. The juicy character of the crisp will leave everyone’s mouth watering for another piece.
The recipe is adapted from Martha Stewart in order to be gluten-free. White rice flour was substituted for all-purpose flour and gluten-free rolled oats were used instead of the classic Quaker oats.
~ 6 cups (3 pints) blueberries
~ 1/2 cup sugar
~ 1 tbsp cornstarch
~ 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
~ 1/4 tsp coarse salt
~ 2/3 cup white rice flour
~ 1/2 cup rolled oats (or chopped nuts, such as almonds)
~ 1/2 tsp baking powder
~ 1/2 tsp coarse salt
~ 3 ounces (6 tbsp) unsalted butter, softened
~ 1/3 cup sugar
1. Preheat oven to 375°. Make the filling: mix the blueberries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice and salt in a bowl. Transfer to an 8-inch square baking dish. (Tip: I recommend using a larger baking dish, such as a 9-inch square baking dish.)
2. Make the topping: Stir together the flour, oats, baking powder and salt. Cream butter and sugar in a mixer until pale and fluffy. Stir dry ingredients into butter. Using your hands, squeeze topping pieces together into clumps.
3. Sprinkle topping evenly over filling. Bake until bubbling in the center and brown on top, about 1 hour. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool for 30 minutes before serving.
Some tips from experience: be sure to use a big enough baking dish for the amount of blueberries that you use. Also depending on the selection of blueberries that you have, you may want to use less sugar than called for if the blueberries are naturally sweet.
Blueberry crisp is a perfect way to end a summer BBQ for those fruit lovers out there. Those who were chocolate lovers made a sundae with the crisp by adding ice cream and chocolate syrup. Let your imagination run wild!