Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Peach Blueberry Crisp

As a member of BloggerAid...Changing the Face of Famine, one of the fun initiatives I'm happy to be part of is the BBFF - a getting to know you exchange between bloggers from different countries. As a member of BACFF you can read about the exchange here . More than just virtual comments on each others' blogs, we've chosen to get to know another person with whom we already know we share interests. What I've learned through this exchange is that as much as we're all different, in many ways we're all very similar. For me this is a link to why BloggerAid...Changing the Face of Famine is so important - it's about humanity and doing something to help contribute to a better world.

My good fortune has been meeting Kim of The UnGourmet" , an Oregonian with unlimited patience. I mean, how many people do you know that could build a business doing cupcake parties for kids while still working part time and taking care of her own two children? Two pretty amazing children!. Her daughter at 12 is already a budding artist and her 8 yr old son - well, who can resist an 8 yr old who likes listening to Frank Sinatra?

Folks...she works part time at an upscale day spa - wheels are spinning already. She bakes, she cooks, she works at a spa - the ultimate pamper blogger (and I don't mean diapers).

The other similarity we have is that we both love dogs. Kim has a female black lab named Sophie who is a hurricane rescue dog. I told my male Shih Tzu - Casey about Sophie and he asked me to set up a play date. Her love for animals continues - with 2 cats and a blue and white parakeet named Sky.

Sophie - he even put on his best ribbon for you.

Kim started blogging in February 2009 and found that it didn't take long to become a passion. No surprise, right? But it's not just about the food - it's also about the many wonderful people you meet in this community and the amount you learn to step outside your comfort zone. Being able to add new foods to your repetoire and share them with the people you care about has and continues to be an incredible experience for Kim.

Kim and I decided, after several exchanges of emails, to comb each other's blogs and find a recipe to try and share.

My choice was a

Peach Blueberry Crisp - very tough choice and you'll see why when you visit Kim's blog . She has a wide array of recipes and why she calls herself the UnGourmet is beyond me. It was that hard picking one recipe to showcase.

  • 6 cups of peaches
  • 1 cup of blueberries (I also added raspberries - great choice)
  • 2-3 tbsp of honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla

For topping

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

In a large bowl toss fruit with honey, vanilla and cinnamon.

In another bowl combine the oats, flour, and brown sugar. Cut in the butter.

Place the fruit in a greased baking pan. Top with oat mixture. Bake on 375 for 30-35 minutes until fruit is nice and bubbly and oats are golden brown.

Serve with vanilla bean ice cream or top with a little whip. That would have been great had it lasted long enough.

I took this as one of two desserts to a "meet Actor Boy's new girlfriend" dinner. It was out of control delicious and of the two desserts, the feedback was that this was the clear winner. Kim suggested adding cornstarch to the fruit to avoid having a runny crisp. I added a heaping tablespoon and it was a great tip. The crisp was not runny at all. You can actually use any combination of fruit - I simply don't see how this recipe can fail. StumbleUpon


That Girl said...

Last weekend I was talking to my mom about how I should use up my two "about to turn" peaches. This is exactly what she suggested! Except you have a daughter, so you'll understand when I completely ignored her and used my peaches for a peach and cherry chicken.

Jamie said...

Wow and yum! I absolutely love summer fruits and this crisp is outstanding!

Adam said...

Yeah I'm super excited about Blogger Aid and the ability to learn about new people. I like how you guys did an exchange, and you sure picked a winner of a recipe. Low fat, easy to prepare, and the results are stellar.

Thanks for the post, I'll def check out her blog.

Hopie said...

Thanks for introducing us to Kim (and Sophie)! The crisp looks divine. I'm going to have to head over to Kim's blog.

kat said...

Love that mixture of fruit. Great fun to make a connection like that online

Hummingbird Appetite said...

I love peaches and blueberries together. Adding the raspberries gave the crisp a lot of color.