It is usually boiling hot in the house by now and the thought of turning the stove on for longer than it takes to pre-heat makes me break out in a rash. This year has been something of an exception. The constant rain we have been having has flooded neighborhoods, condemned local parks and provided a breeding wonderland for the little blood suckers that like to plague us this time of year but... it has also kept the temperatures cooler which means that the AC isn't doing battle with the sun as much as it is trying to keep our carpets from feeling soggy.
Now, to be fair, I do some baking in the Summer... in my garage. Silly, I know. But I think it helps keep our house cooler.
One of our favorite dishes during this time of year is a peach and blueberry crisp. It makes a great dessert if you serve it warm and bubbly with a scoop of ice cream on top or make it ahead of time and pop it into the fridge to serve it as a nice cold fruit side dish. No other time of the year do the berries look so beautifully dusty and bursting with yummy goodness and the peaches are so juicy they drip down your chin. Georgia might be The Peach State but peaches from the Texas Hill Country can't be beat. I might be a little biased though. : )
Summer Fruit Crisp
1 C. all purpose flour
3/4 C. plus 2 Tbl. sugar, divided
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 C. sliced fresh peaches
2 C. fresh blueberries
1/4 C. butter or margarine, melted
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In medium bowl, combine flour, 3/4 C. sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Add egg and mix with fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside. Place peaches and blueberries in large bowl and toss to coat with the remaining 2 Tbl. sugar. Place fruit mixture in greased 8 or 9 inch square baking pan and sprinkle with crumb mixture. Drizzle with butter. Bake 35-40 minutes or until top is lightly browned. Enjoy warm, cooled or chilled.
* * * * * * * * * *Sarah is our hostess for this fair. Please be sure to stop by on July 9th to read all of the deliciously delightful contributions.