Wednesday, January 19, 2011

233. Microwavable Fruit Crisp

I wonder if the first fruit crisp was made by a mother who wanted a  dessert for her family and just did not have the energy to make a pie. Let's picture a tired woman standing with a bowl of apples and the glimmer of an idea of what could be.

She pares and slices the apples and places them in a baking pan. Next, our mystery mother uses her intuition and creates a sweet topping which comes together easily. The topping includes items commonly found in her kitchen - cinnamon, brown sugar and butter.

As the first crisp bakes, its fragrance fills the house and, when she takes it out of the oven our mother marvels at its beautiful, crisp crust.  She smiles and knows that this is a recipe to remember and she not only makes it again and again, she lovingly shares it with her family and friends.

My little segway into the probable past reminds me how grateful I am for all the cooks who try new ideas and pass them on. I am happy to share this recipe for fruit crisp made in the microwave; it sacrifices nothing in the flavor or texture category - all busy cooks will love this easy-to-make treat.

Microwavable Fruit Crisp

2 golden delicious apples, pared, cored and thinly sliced (peaches or pears may be substituted)*
1/4 C brown sugar
1/4 C oats, quick cooking
2 T flour
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 T margarine

Put sliced fruit in a microwavable dish. Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl and cut in margarine until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle sugar mixture over fruit. Microwave, uncovered 6-7 minutes on HIGH, or until fruit is tender. Remove and serve. *(Peaches and pears will take less time to cook. Start out with 3-4 minutes on HIGH and test for tenderness. Microwave in 30 second intervals if necessary to cook longer)

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