The first dessert I made on the grill was Peach Crisp. Just married, I was new to cooking for myself and Bret. I wanted to *dazzle* him by cooking something on our shiny, new grill. Somewhere I got the idea that it should be dessert. I threw some sliced peaches in a skillet, and topped them with oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, pecans and butter. I distinctly remember that there was a lot of butter. Putting it onto the grill I was unsure how it would turn out. It couldn’t be that much different than cooking in the oven.
The answer to that question was, “yes”. Much different. It was faster and had a sweetness that I’d never attained baking with the oven. After tasting it myself (to make sure it was edible) I proudly handed a bowl of warm peach crisp to my new husband. He took one bite, looked at me, and said, “you should definitely make this again.”
And I have…many times, in fact, over the last 14 years. Which, we happen to be celebrating today.
This dessert is very versatile. You can use whatever fruits are in season. I’ve made it with peaches, cherries, apples…you name it. For Father’s Day we had a mixed berry crisp with blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. Topped with a scoop of ice cream, it was delicious!
Fruit Crisp on the Grill
5-6 cups fruit
1/3 cup sugar (I used sucanat, but white sugar works too)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon lemon or orange zest (optional)
In a large bowl mix together above ingredients, combining gently. Pour into skillet and set aside.
3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup butter
1 cup almonds, chopped (pecans or walnuts work great too)
pinch of salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
Combine the above ingredients in a medium bowl until it is the consistency of wet sand. Spoon topping onto fruit filling in skillet.
Place skillet on grill’s lower rack, at medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until fruit is bubbly and topping is golden brown. Take off the grill and allow to cool for several minutes before serving. It will be hot! Top with ice cream or freshly made whipped cream.
With the Fourth of July just around the corner this dessert would be a delicious addition to your celebration. You won’t have to heat up the house baking and chances are, the grill will already be fired up.