This is how I know it’s officially summer.

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Warm fruit

with a crispy topping

and melty vanilla ice cream.

And you can bet that I’m the person who steals all the crisp or crumble or cobbler off the top, leaving the fruit. It’s just sooooo good.

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[My peaches look like mangos. Sometimes I think my camera is on steroids.]

I know I tend to lambast anyone who claims that fruit is dessert, but I really love a good crisp – especially when blueberries are involved. It never fails that I’ll almost always choose cheesecake over cobbler, however that may be changing. I think it’s the whole hot/cold thing. Hot fruit, cold ice cream. Crunchy texture. I’m all over it.

Oh oh oh and you know how I go through phases of things like burgers and salads and pizza?

I’m doing it again now.

I cannot get enough roasted fruit. You don’t even want to know what I’ve been roasting. Yes, I’ve done plenty with it in the past but these days the wheels are turning like never before. I want to roast everything, I want to roast it together, combined, with spices or plain, stuff it in savory or sweet things and just eat it until I’m completely ill.

I’m doomed.

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So now that it’s fiiiiiinally summer (how many times have I said that in the last two months?), desserts like this are outrageously appropriate. After dinners like this, of course. Speaking of dinners, last night I had a total meltdown about why nobody can make me dinner on the reg and what do I want to eat and I’m hungry but nothing sounds good and maybe I should just eat this entire bag of Snapea Crisps while I decide what I want to eat and I’m so restless and I have ten million things to do but I am super glued to the corner of the couch watching two episodes of Full House on Nickelodeon and there are videos on instagram now and it’s giving me anxiety and then I end up eating a bowl of peanut butter puffins for dinner. Never underestimate the power of puffins.

Also when I’m in meltdown mode I write large wall-like blocks of text. Is there anything more annoying?

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The crisp has just a hint of herbalness (which is now a word, I suppose) – nothing offensive whatsoever, unless of course – you find basil offensive. It’s simple to leave out if that’s the case. You can even try other weird things like rosemary or thyme or mint. That’s what it’s all about. I love being weird with you.

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Fresh Peach, Blueberry + Basil Crisp

Yield: serves 2-4

Total Time: 45 minutes


4 ripe peaches, peeled and cubed
1 pint of blueberries
8 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons softened butter
ice cream for serving


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In a 9x9 baking dish, mix peaches, blueberries and basil with sugar, flour and salt. Toss well and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together oats, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt. Use your fingers to add in the softened butter, crumbling it together until it's evenly distributed. Sprinkle the crisp over the peaches and berries. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until crisp is golden and fruit is bubbly.

Serve immediately with ice cream and more fresh basil if desired.

[adapted from my balsamic blueberry crisp]

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Is that not the best part up there?

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71 Responses to “Fresh Peach, Blueberry + Basil Crisp.”

  1. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — June 21, 2013 @ 6:51 am

    I love the summer and I love the combination of peaches and blueberries! What a wonderful crisp you have here!! Perfect way to start the weekend!! Have a great weekend!!


  2. #
    Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion — June 21, 2013 @ 6:54 am

    I want to roast all fruit to lately!!! You but blueberries in something and I’m in. I steal all the topping too!.


  3. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — June 21, 2013 @ 6:57 am

    I am so trying the basil addition!


  4. #
    April — June 21, 2013 @ 7:03 am

    Ahhh, a new use for the basil I just grew. My kids and hubby will love you.


  5. #
    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat — June 21, 2013 @ 7:10 am

    Amazing! I love crisp and this time of year they’re so good because of all the wonderful fresh fruit. I love the addition of basil in this one!


  6. #
    Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner — June 21, 2013 @ 7:11 am

    How to turn “Are we sure this is dessert/” into “Yes, it’s dessert.” Add ice cream. Good call.


  7. #
    Lauren @ The Highlands Life — June 21, 2013 @ 7:27 am

    We are truly not fruit dessert people at all but in the summer I don’t mind a fruit crisp (must have ice cream with) every once in a while. This looks perfect!


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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — June 21, 2013 @ 7:28 am

    Full House on Nickelodeon = one of my most favourite pastimes EVER. This sounds absolutely to die for, but you’ll have to fight me for the topping…. or maybe we just double up on that layer?! Happy Friday Jess!


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    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — June 21, 2013 @ 7:28 am

    Basil is wonderful with berries, I like that you did not use strawberries in this recipe, blueberries are so much nicer when they are roasted. Ice cream is totally legal when their is fruit around


  10. #
    Tieghan — June 21, 2013 @ 7:42 am

    This looks so good, but I am just not there yet for the whole fruit is a dessert thing. I am seeing this as more a snack or breakfast. I mean, it’s fruit so I think it is a suitable breakfast and for sure a good snack!

    Either way, it still looks amazing and I am with you on the fuit obsession. I can not stop using roasting fruit. It is getting a little insane!


  11. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 21, 2013 @ 7:58 am

    I was going to make a crisp this weekend. Now that I see yours, it makes me almost have to! I love the oat/crumbly topping!


  12. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — June 21, 2013 @ 8:08 am

    This looks so awesome!!


  13. #
    Sarah Beth — June 21, 2013 @ 8:48 am

    This looks ah-mazing!!! I can’t wait to give this a shot for me and my friends!


  14. #
    Ameerah@ Valiantly Varnished — June 21, 2013 @ 9:10 am

    This looks so amazing! I love berry crisps!


  15. #
    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — June 21, 2013 @ 9:19 am

    Yummm, I love a good crisp! I tend to not stray far from apple, but with all the fresh berries around that might have to change.


  16. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — June 21, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    Any excuse to use more basil, and I’M SO ON IT. This looks amazing. Love the flavor combinations!


  17. #
    Laurie E. — June 21, 2013 @ 9:47 am

    Full House. AWESOME!

    I may have to wait until fall to make this recipe, as there is no way in hell I’ll be heating my oven anytime soon with 90ish degree heat with 500% humidity. This is the time of year I always wish the “bald” look was in.
    My hair + humidity= something that would probably resemble a DNA hair clash of Don King and Donna Summer. No exaggeration.

    P.S. I’m so loving those bowls in the pics <3


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    Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips — June 21, 2013 @ 9:50 am

    Peaches and blueberries are my fave summer fruit combo, especially later in the summer when I get fresh jersey ones. And with sweet buttery crumble and melty vanilla – heaven!


  19. #
    Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen — June 21, 2013 @ 10:03 am

    Totally the best part! I was just going to make something like this, but yours definitely takes the cake (or the crisp? ha).


  20. #
    Rayna — June 21, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    Crisps are by far my favorite summer dessert! What a perfect way to start off an amazing summer.


  21. #
    j lynn — June 21, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    holy moley! that looks sensationally good!
    btw, how bad do you want one of these necklaces? blueberry, peach and basil scented….yum!!


  22. #
    Amy — June 21, 2013 @ 10:32 am

    The closest we have to this in the UK is a crumble, but the fact this has rolled oats instead means it’s immediately 100 times better. I need to try it!


  23. #
    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen — June 21, 2013 @ 10:54 am

    Oh em gee. I was JUST planning to roast some pluots but I had no clue what else to eat them with and hello, I’m gonna make a crisp now. This looks divine.


  24. #
    Zainab @ Blahnik Baker — June 21, 2013 @ 11:27 am

    Oh what a way to end the week! Love the addition of basil to this crisp. I need to try it ;)


  25. #
    Marcie @ Flavor the Moments — June 21, 2013 @ 11:29 am

    This is the perfect summer dessert!


  26. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — June 21, 2013 @ 11:40 am

    This dessert screams summer. I love fresh fruit with ice cream – so good!


  27. #
    Megan — June 21, 2013 @ 11:55 am

    YUM. I want to eat this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Hope that’s coo.


  28. #
    Larry — June 21, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

    ohmahGAW this looks so damn good. I want it for lunch today, is that weird? I didn’t think so, since this is technically health food (duh, fruit? check! oats? check! ice cream? DUH CHECK!!).


  29. #
    Katie — June 21, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

    oooh heavens that melty ice cream in the last shot. Happy summer, indeed.


  30. #
    Eileen — June 21, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

    Yes to crisps, definitely! I myself have a treeful of plums that need baking. I love the idea of adding basil to sweet, fresh summer fruit!


  31. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — June 21, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

    This is just dreamy!


  32. #
    Ruthy @ Omeletta — June 21, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

    Your meltdown sounds totes like the one I had last week, which I finished up by having Pace salsa and blue corn chips for dinner and watching bad Bravo tv. Berry crisp would have gone a long way!


  33. #
    Jackie @ The Beeroness — June 21, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

    This dessert is my new spirit animal


  34. #
    Cristina — June 21, 2013 @ 3:16 pm

    Beautiful. I always think of basil with strawberries. I’ve never thought of this, but it makes sense and looks awesome.


  35. #
    Emily — June 21, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

    Totally obsessed with snapea crisps and peanut butter puffins!! I had to stop buying the puffins because I couldn’t stop eating them and don’t even get me started on the Costco size snapea crisps that disappeared in one sitting! I have a problem:-)


  36. #
    Diana — June 21, 2013 @ 6:05 pm

    I could totally live off pie, cobbler, crisp and ice cream, especially when ingredients look as yummy as they do in your pictures!


  37. #
    Des @ Life's Ambrosia — June 21, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

    This just screams summer and I cannot wait to try it. I too love to just eat the “crisp” part first :)


  38. #
    Jennifer — June 21, 2013 @ 7:39 pm
  39. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — June 21, 2013 @ 8:04 pm

    I totally did a double take with the first picture. Completely look like mangos. I love the ease of crisp. You’re right about crisps being all about summertime flavors.


  40. #
    Courtney @ BakeMeBetter — June 21, 2013 @ 8:31 pm

    Love the crisp. I always double or triple the topping part of the recipe (one for me before it’s cooked, one for me after it’s cooked, and one for the rest of the family).


  41. #
    Kaylie @ Skinny Muffin — June 21, 2013 @ 10:17 pm

    1. Your pictures never cease to amaze me. I just want to frame them and put them around my house. Delicious.
    2. Basil on top of a crisp? Never thought of it but pretty sure it’s genius.


  42. #
    Jamie @lifelovelemons — June 21, 2013 @ 10:21 pm

    The addition of basil to this is pure genius!


  43. #
    Dana Ivy — June 21, 2013 @ 11:56 pm

    I mean, how do you make these pictures look so damn edible? I wish I had your photog skills in the kitchen!

    Dana Ivy – Check out my blog!!


  44. #
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes — June 22, 2013 @ 8:15 am

    I totally agree with the hot, sweet, herby, cold aspect of this crisp. Looks awesome! And everyone loves crisp, why is that?! Even non dessert persons can be persuaded with a crisp.


  45. #
    Barb | Creative Culinary — June 22, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    I want this for breakfast. Do you deliver?

    By the way; my word is herbalaceousness; I like your word better; much easier to spell!


  46. #
    Kristi — June 22, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    I’m not too much into the berry desserts unless they are in a crisp, so this recipe is perfect for me.


  47. #
    Susan — June 22, 2013 @ 11:51 am

    wow11 I have to try this recipe!! Looks and sounds so delicious!!


  48. #
    Anne — June 22, 2013 @ 4:29 pm

    Looks absolutely stunning and delicious! :)


  49. #
    Nessa — June 23, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

    Dying over these pictures!


  50. #
    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking — June 23, 2013 @ 11:24 pm

    You crack me up! I actually laughed out loud – the real kind, not the kind where people say lol and really mean “I sort of chuckled”.

    I can’t believe I never thought to add fresh basil to my crisps. It sounds amazing! And the topping is absolutely the best part. I have to make a effort to do the polite thing and leave some for others…



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