Blackberry – Nectarine Crisp with Sweet Corn Ice Cream
At EVOO we almost always have a fruit crisp on our menu. Starting in the spring with raspberries usually paired with rhubarb, moving into strawberries, blackberries, cultivated blueberries and then my favorite wild blueberries. Peaches and nectarines are often in the summer mix of crisps sometimes mixed with berries and at times mixed with basil from our rooftop garden. Going into autumn we like to make pear filled crisps, some years it’s just pears flavored with a little brandy, as is on our current menu; recipe is below. Other years we pair the pears with dry fruit such as raisins, currants and / or dry cranberries. Later into the fall and through the winter we are able to get apples cellared at local farms for use in our apple crisp.
The recipes for all of the crisps are quite similar; fruit mixed with some sugar and flavors topped with an oatmeal – nut topping, baked and served with our in-house made ice cream. The ice cream flavors depend on which fruit is filling the crisp. The berry and stone fruit crisps often get creamy, yet mild flavored ice creams such as vanilla, sour cream, buttermilk or even sweet corn. The pear crisp that is on our current menu is topped with ginger – brown sugar ice cream and our apple crisp is almost always paired with salted caramel ice cream.
Pear Crisp with Ginger – Brown Sugar Ice Cream
EVOO’s Pear Crisp
¾ cup Granulated Sugar
¾ cup Light Brown Sugar
¾ lb ½” cubed Butter
1½ ts Vanilla Extract
1½ ts ground Cinnamon
½ ts Kosher Salt
3 cups All Purpose flour
¾ cups Rolled Oats
1½ cups toasted slivered Almonds
5 cups peeled, cored, large diced Pears
1 TB Brandy
2 TB Lemon Juice
1 ts Vanilla Extract
1 ts Ground Cinnamon
1 ts fresh ground Nutmeg
1/3 cup Granulated Sugar
1/2 ts Kosher Salt
3 TB Corn Starch
1/8th lb 1/4″ diced Butter
In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment combine the sugar, brown sugar, butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt until smooth and creamy. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until just combined.
In a large bowl combine all of the ingredients.
Pre-heat oven to 310 degrees. Fill individual portion sized ceramic ramekins with the filling. Place filled ramekins on a sheet pan. Top each ramekin with 1/3 cup of topping. Bake for 25 minutes. Top each crisp with an additional 3TB of topping and bake for an additional 25 minutes. The filling should be bubbling over the sides and the topping nicely browned. Let cool a bit and serve with ice cream.