Berry Almond Crisp
Keen cooks everywhere can’t wait for summer and the arrival of all those luscious soft fruits. Each bite is a revelation, as it is with raspberries, blueberries, currants, and cherries. If you have a particularly big stock, with a handful of at least three different fruits left over the following day, try this relative of a classic crumble—probably my favorite dessert. I love the contrast of the sweet, crunchy topping with the tartness of the fruit, with neither one overpowering the other. In short, perfect harmony! Serves 12
1 pound strawberries
14 ounces red currants
1½ pounds raspberries
Generous 1 cup superfine sugar, divided
2¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 sticks salted butter, diced and softened, plus more for greasing
Generous 1 cup ground almonds
Instructions 1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and grease two 9½-inch round porcelain baking dishes with melted butter. Wash and dry all the fruit, and then hull the strawberries and pull the red currants off their stalks. 2. Put the berries and currants in a large bowl, sprinkle with a scant ½ cup of the sugar, and stir to combine. Divide the fruit between the baking dishes, spreading it in a single layer. 3. In a separate large bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, remaining sugar, diced butter, and ground almonds. Rub the ingredients lightly together with your fingertips until coarse crumbs form. 4. Scatter a layer of the crumb mixture over the fruit in the baking dishes and bake for 40 minutes, until the topping is golden and crisp. Serve warm.
Courtesy from Enjoy: Recipes for Memorable Gatherings by Perla Servan-Schreiber, Flammarion, 2020. Photography by Nathalie Carnet.