How To Make Fruit Crisp Without A Recipe

Making this delicious dessert couldn’t get any easier

By Marcia Selden Catering

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Everyone loves a fruit crisp! Each season brings a delicious selection of fruits to choose from.  Don’t be afraid to mix ‘em up.  Apple and blueberry, pear and fig, you can even use frozen berries in the dead of winter to remind you of sunnier days.   They make a gorgeous gift and are even delicious for breakfast!

This is a basic fruit crisp recipe, you can add a little more or less of everything, and the recipe will still be fantastic!


For the filling:

  • 6 C. diced fruit
  • 1/2 – 1 C. brown sugar
  • 2-3 Tbs. cornstarch, depending on juiciness of fruit
  • 1 tsp. each cinnamon, ginger & nutmeg

For the crisp topping:

  • 1 C. all-purpose flour (almond flour is also good)
  • 1/2 C. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ C. rolled oats
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 8 Tbs. unsalted butter, softened
  • 8″x8″ baking dish or 9″ pie dish

Heat oven to 375°F.

Dice the fruit into bite-sized pieces. Toss it with sugar, cornstarch, and spices.  Pour the fruit filling into a baking dish.

Thoroughly mix the flour, sugar, cinnamon, oats, baking powder, and salt for the crumble topping. Break the butter into a few large pieces and toss these in the dry ingredients. Using your fingers, a fork, or a pastry cutter, work the butter into the dry ingredients until large heavy crumbs are formed.  Spread the crumble topping evenly over the fruit.

Bake the crisp for 30-35 minutes until the fruit juices are bubbling around the edges of the pan and the topping is golden brown and firm to the touch.

Serve with your favorite ice cream or softly whipped cream.

It doesn’t get better!


Marcia Selden Catering has been creating unique events with an accent on extraordinary food, creativity, and highly polished professional service. The business is a family affair. From her Stamford headquarters, Marcia, with daughter Robin, son Jeffrey, and a team of dedicated and experienced party planners and chefs, work together to create “dream” events. They understand that a great party celebrates life’s milestones and believe in the host’s privilege to avoid stress and enjoy every minute. We are proud supporters of marriage equality. Whatever your desire, whether it’s a low-key clambake on the beach, a lavish over-the-top wedding, or anything in between, they will create a special memory that you and your guests will remember for years.
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