Excuse me but where did the Summer go? You have to realize that it’s the only time of year I like BUT I do have some negatives and positives I want to talk about when it comes to the FALL season.
Here’s my list:
1. POSITIVE -The kids go back to school! (which in my case translates to a NEGATIVE because of the C.C.M.D.R. (Crazed Carpool Mothers Driving Recklessly…yes…you know who you are).
2. POSITIVE -The leaves start changing colors, beautiful to look at, NEGATIVE – a major pain in the butt to clean up from the yard.
3. NEGATIVE- There’s a chill in the air, POSITIVE- out with the humidity – in with better hair days.
4. POSITIVE – Local produce is in abundance, Apples, Apples and more Apples – ANOTHER POSITIVE/NEGATIVE – I’m going to BAKE like there’s no tomorrow and will be going to the gym more to work off the calories!
5. NEGATIVE – Transferring my beloved Summer clothes to another location in the house, POSITIVE – bring on the FALL clothing that’s cozy and toasty.
SO let’s lead into Fall with a neat little crisp recipe that I have been using for YEARS and is a family favorite. At this time, we still have an abundance of local peaches so I bought a case and used them in this recipe with some fresh blueberries BUT I normally make this with local APPLES and it is the best! It’s quick, it’s easy and your kitchen and entire home will smell divine from the cinnamon, brown sugar and oats baking in your oven. I wish I could wear this FRUIT CRISP as a cologne.
6 cups peeled sliced fresh peaches OR Baking Apples ( Granny Smiths are my fave)
2 cups blueberries
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
3 tablespoons melted butter
Combine peaches and blueberries in an 8 cup casserole OR small individual ramekins.
In a small bowl, combine sugar, flour and cinnamon.
Add this mixture to the casserole.
Mix well with fruit.
For the topping, combine rolled oats, sugar and cinnamon.
Pour in the melted butter and combine, then sprinkle over fruit mixture.
Bake at 350°F for 40 to 45 minutes until mixture is bubbling, fruit is fork tender and the topping is nicely browned and crunchy.
Serve warm or cold and for an extra special treat I like to plop a nice scoop of French vanilla ice cream on the side. Super delish and yummy!
See ya next week with a breakfast recipe that you will LOVE.
I’m back again this week with an awesome dessert that will “wow” your family and guests! Lately, I have been trying to copycat recipes and transform them from high fat to low fat. Well this is a classic brûlée that is super easy to make, 4 ingredients, pretty to serve and won’t tamper with your waistline.
Here’s what you need to do…
10 medium-large strawberries, quartered
1 cup of fresh blueberries ( you can mix and match your fruits here….nothing wrong with getting creative and just using whatever you have in the fridge, I would suggest berries and stone fruit for a good time)
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt, 2% or whole or low fat, (you choose the fat percentage depending on what size your skinny jeans are and whether or not you can’t close your zipper lately)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons + 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar, divided (* if you can’t find or don’t have Turbinado Sugar you can always substitute brown sugar….if you don’t have brown sugar you will need to haul yourself into the car and go to the grocery store unless you want to attempt to make this with white sugar….I’m pretty sure you can torch just about anything)
1. In three medium ramekins or six small ones, fill each about 3/4 of the way up with your berries.
We love sweets…who doesn’t? But when sweets are this gorgeous and delicious, we just have to share. Meet Clare, creator of Clarelicious…Custom Baked Goods and all things delicious. And we can guarantee they are delicious. If you have been following along, we first introduced you to Clare at The Biggest Baby Shower and then again at Alexandra’s 1st Birthday celebration. Clare is as genuine as they come. The passion she has for baking and creating is undeniable. Check out this cookie she made for us at our first meeting? We were blown away. Not only by her talent but by how spirited and charismatic a person she is. We loved finding out more about Clare and we hope you do too!
What inspired you to start Clarelicious? I have loved cooking and baking since I was a little girl. My mother is a wonderful baker and we can spend hours talking recipes. She bought me a children’s cookbook and I would pour through it trying to figure out what I could make next. After spending most of my life as an opera singer and on the business side of classical music, I was ready for a change. After posting pictures on Facebook, people started asking if what I made was for sale. I said yes and it has grown quickly from there. It really is a dream come true.