Dessert

How To Make Any Fruit Crisp in 4 Easy Steps — Easy Dessert Recipes

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Crisps are quintessential dessert fare, with many of us having fond memories of spring rhubarb or fall apple crisps in the memory banks of our childhood. Maybe the reason they show up so often, with their warm bites of buttery oat topping giving way to jammy fruit, is because they are entirely utilitarian. Their ingredients are few, they're best at using up fruit that's going soft, and you can make one without a recipe, completely by heart.

Once you understand the basics of making a crisp topping, you can use literally any fruit to make a sweet and juicy filling. Here's how to make a fruit crisp in four easy steps.

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Recipe: Gluten-Free Peach Crisp — Summer Desserts

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Warm, silky peaches studded with a crispy oat and almond topping should be the official dish of summer — and not just for dessert. This double-crusted oat and peach crisp can be breakfast, too. The top bakes up crisp and crackly, while the bottom crust becomes soft with a slight chew after some time soaking up the peach juices. It's a delicious hodgepodge of textures that other crisps or baked oatmeals cannot beat. Oh, and it's gluten-free to boot!

If you've never eaten or made a double-crusted crisp before, you are in for a treat. Just mix up one big batch of crisp topping and press half of it into a baking pan, mix up the filling, and then top with the remaining crisp mixture.

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How To Make the Best Gluten-Free Cobbler Topping — Easy Dessert Recipes

I have fallen in love with a cobbler topping and I want to tell the world about it. Instead of a cobbler topping derived from all-purpose flour, this one is toothsome with cornmeal and toasty with oat flour. It's a cobbler topping that falls somewhere between a biscuit and a corncake. On its own, it'd be a revelation of quick breads — the perfect combination of textures and flavors for smears of butter or jam — but bake this cobbler biscuit on top of juicy ripe fruit and you'll be forever changed.

We've pulled this topping recipe out as a standalone because we believe that if you know this part by heart, you can cobble together any fruit and make an excellent gluten-free fruit cobbler. It doesn't require any hard-to-find flours or special mixing methods. Essentially a riff on a cream biscuit, this topping is changing my cobbler game this summer. Here's how to up your cobbler topping game too.

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Recipe: Maine Blueberry Milkshake — Bite-Sized Guide: Portland, Maine

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If you've ever been to Duckfat, one of Portland, Maine's hotspot restaurants, you know they make some of the best milkshakes around. While you can't go wrong with one of their panini or an order of poutine served over duck fat fries, it's their milkshakes we crave the most — specifically the Maine blueberry shake. Inspired by the folks at Duckfat, we developed a milkshake recipe with a base that's even better than ice cream and blended in just the right amount of ripe blueberries. If there is just one cool, creamy treat that makes its way into your hands this summer, it should be this rich blueberry milkshake.

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The Best Way to Store Cobblers and Crumbles So They Stay Crisp — Baking Tips

Some might argue that the very best part of summertime cobblers, crisps, and crumbles is the sweet and jammy fruit filling, but I firmly believe it's the crispy topping that makes it complete. The crunchy bite of oat-loaded crumbles and the delicate crackle of a cobbler's biscuits are a huge part of the appeal. While these desserts are typically at their best when pulled straight from the oven, we have a tip that will show you how to make them in advance so they stay wonderfully crispy.

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Recipe: Buttermilk Caramel Sauce — Easy Dessert Recipes

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Last year, in my quest to uncover all the most delicious and somewhat unexpected ways to use leftover buttermilk, I stumbled on a dessert sauce to top all dessert sauces. I reworked my favorite classic caramel sauce to put buttermilk at the helm, and the result is one that's sure to win your heart. It starts with nutty notes of butterscotch and the rich sweetness of caramel, and then surprises your tastebuds with a tangy twist that leaves you wanting more.

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