How to Make A Crisp Without A Recipe

A couple quick tips can help when making the perfect fruit crisp of your dreams!

Released on 6/23/2017

Credits

Starring: Anna Stockwell
Director: Matt Duckor
Cinematographer: Ben Dewey
Camera Operator: Kevin Dynia
Editor: Dana

Transcript

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Okay, ready?
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Here we go.
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(lively music)
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Baking stresses a lot of people out,
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but fruit crisp is one of those desserts
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that you can bake without a recipe
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and with any kind of fruit you like.
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Today, I'm making my fruit crisp
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with strawberry and rhubarb,
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because that's what's in season right now.
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Before you make your crisp, you've gotta
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chop up your ingredients.
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You can use any kind of fruit you want.
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Apple crisp is great, peach crisp, plum.
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When you're making fruit crisp, you can kind of choose
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your container that you're gonna bake it in
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based on how much fruit you have.
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You can chop up your fruit first and then
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find whatever baking vessel fits the amount
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of fruit that you want.
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So I have my rhubarb chopped,
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now I have to slice my strawberries.
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These are nice ripe strawberries.
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Some fruits are juicier than others when you bake them.
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Strawberries are very juicy when you bake them.
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They release a lot of liquid, but rhubarb
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doesn't release as much liquid when it bakes.
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And the sweetness of the strawberries helps to
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balance out the tartness of the rhubarb.
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Any other time of year, apple crisp is basically my
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favorite, because you can always get good apples.
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Plum crisp is really good when plums
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are ripe or peaches at the end of the summer.
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You really can't go wrong with any kind of stone fruit.
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Just pick your favorite fruit and turn it
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into crisp, and everybody's gonna be happy.
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So next we have to make our crumb topping,
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and this is where you do have to learn
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a little bit of a ratio.
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It's not a recipe.
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It's just a ratio.
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So the ratio is equal parts butter and sugar
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and two parts flour.
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I always like to add salt to my crumb topping.
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Salt makes everything better and a little
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bit of cinnamon and a little bit of nutmeg.
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Today, I'm gonna be adding some almonds as well.
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And then this is the fun part, you just mush it.
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This is a really good activity for little kids
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if you have them.
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I like to make my crumb topping by hand,
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because you don't over work it that way.
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You could make it in the food processor
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if you want to, but really, it's so easy,
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why would you dirty another tool?
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You are gonna get your hands a little dirty,
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but that's okay.
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So you wanna just keep mushing it so that
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when you squish it together like that
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it can fall into crumbs.
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So our crisp topping is all ready to go.
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Probably want to taste it just to make sure it's safe.
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And now this needs to get tossed with some sugar,
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a little lemon juice.
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The acid helps balance out the sweet
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and just makes everything more delicious.
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Then a little bit of salt, some cinnamon on the fruit
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also, a little nutmeg and a little sugar.
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Make sure that everything is nice and coated.
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Perfect fit.
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All right, so you want it to be nice
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and evenly covered, but you don't want too much
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on there, because it is nice to have a little
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bit of the fruit peeking out.
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So now this is all ready to go in the oven.
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My oven is set at 375, and this will take
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probably about half an hour.
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Start checking it after about 20 minutes
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and look and see if it's nice and bubbly
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and golden brown on the top.
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That's when you know it's done.
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All right, so this is all done, nice and crispy
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and juicy and delicious.
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I'm gonna let it cool for a minute.
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All right, so let's see how this tastes.
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Honestly, one of my favorite things about crisp
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is having crisp for breakfast the next day.
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But when it's hot and fresh, I like it
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with whipped cream.
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Um hmm, that's good crisp.
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You would really like this too.
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That's how I make fruit crisp, now, it's your turn.
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(light music)
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This smells so good.
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I wish you were here.
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And that was barely baking, right?
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Anybody can do this.
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Now, where's my ice cream?