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Fruit Crisp - Date & Cranberry Squares - not overly sweet, but will satisfy a sweet tooth

Updated: Feb 24



Preheat the oven to 350F

GATHER THESE INGREDIENTS

Fruit Filling

  • 2 1/2 cup dried fruits- we used frozen cranberries, dates and raisins. Use whatever fruit you have on hand. *If using fresh fruit- use 3 cups and reduce the water quantity.

  • 1 cup filtered water

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

  • 2 tbsp brown sugar

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • Vanilla extract or paste


Base / Top Crisp
  • 1 3/4 cup Canadian oat flakes

  • 1 cup unbleached flour - we used stone ground, organic even better

  • 1 cup softened butter

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • Pinch of sea salt


HOW TO MAKE


Fruit Filling
  • Bring the fruit, sugar and water to a boil on the stove in a sauce pan.

  • Add lemon juice, baking powder and vanilla.

  • Allow to simmer on medium heat- to soften the fruit and reduce consistency. Should be about 5 minutes.

  • Stir consistently with a wooden spoon to prevent any sticking or burning.

  • Use a hand blender or a fork to break apart the fruits.

  • Remove the mixture from the pot, into a clean bowl and set aside.


Base / Top Crisp
  • In a bowl combine the oats, flour, sugar, salt, baking powder. Stir until well combined.

  • Chop the softened butter into cubes.

  • Add this to the dry ingredients.

  • Using your hands combine the mixture. Press, ball, and combine the mixture into the butter with the warth of your hands. This takes about 5 minutes until you can bring it all into a dough ball.


Next, assemble into a casserole dish


  • Line a dish with parchement paper.

  • Divide the dough. We put 2/3 on the bottom and save 1/3 to crumble on the top.

  • Press the dough into the pan, evenly.

  • Spread the fruit filling on top of the dough.

  • Crumble the rest of the dough on top of the filling.

  • Place the dish into a preheated oven and bake for 45minutes. The dough should be a lovely brown.


That's it! Store for 3-5 days, or longer in the fridge.

Pre-cut squares freeze well.


Enjoy!


Samantha and Brian.



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