Sunday, September 23, 2012

Raspberry Crisp

When Fall starts peeking its little head around the corner, I get so excited!
The colors are beautiful, the fresh air is wonderful and all the Fall desserts are amazing!
Last year, I am not even sure if it was a week into Fall yet and I had to make apple crisp. Then, I loved that so much that I made raspberry apple crisp. 
This year I decided I wanted to try a flat out raspberry crisp. Raspberries are my favorite fruit and I was going for it!

Are you ready to go for it?

Put your dessert pants on (you know, those stretchy elastic ones) because you are not going to have just one helping of this!

First off, gather your ingredients:
4 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup cold butter, cubed

Lets get bakin'!

1. In a large bowl, gently toss raspberries with sugar and 3 tablespoons flour.
 2. Transfer to a greased 9-inch square baking dish. (I had to use a circle pan because it was all I had left to use.)
 3. In another bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar and remaining flour; cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over berries.

Now I always add a bit more ingredients here because the crumble topping is the best!
4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

There are a few different recipes out there for crisp, this is just one I chose and wanted to share because it never fails. I do add a little cinnamon in mine as well. 
I just love the aroma it fills the house with, it really just adds to that Fall feeling I get every time the leaves start to fall. 
I can't help if this is just one of the best times of the year!

Let me tell you, this crisp did NOT last long in my house!

So wishing there was some more left!
Maybe that means I just need to make some more?
Peach crisp?
Strawberry crisp?
Pineapple crisp? many I go!

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Vodka Lemonade Cocktail Pie

I signed up on e-mail to receive Pillsbury recipes and they started coming in every day. 
Labor Day weekend was coming up and I wanted to make a dessert that no one has ever tried before, or ever thought of making before for that matter. 
So I checked my e-mail hoping to see a great recipe and there it was
 {Vodka Lemonade Cocktail Pie} 
Like the e-mail said "It's a cocktail for the fork!" 
Who would not want to try this? 
I was instantly sold because 1. I love pie, 2. I love cocktails, and 3. Vodka is my choice of liquor. Might as well throw a 4. in there and say that combining a dessert and alcohol never fails!
 This is also said to be one of Pillsbury's Top 10 Pies to try so I gave it a shot!

It was very simple to make and very cheap as well. 
Here is what you will need:

1 Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust, softened as directed on box
2 cups lemon sherbet, softened
1 container (6 oz) Yoplait fat free lemon cream pie yogurt
1 can (12 oz) frozen lemonade concentrate
1/4 cup vodka
lemon slices, if desired

1. Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Place pie crust in ungreased 9-inch pie plate. Press crust firmly against side and bottom; flute. Bake 9-11 minutes or until light brown. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
2. Mix sherbet, yogurt, lemonade concentrate and vodka until blended. Spoon into crust. Freeze uncovered until firm, about 3 hours.
3. Let stand at room temperature 10 minutes before cutting. Garnish each serving of pie with lemon.

Makes 8 servings.

As you can see, it takes approximately 20 minutes to make the whole pie, but you have to play the waiting game until you get to dig in and eat it. 

Now I must warn you, I am so bad at making pie crust it is just unbelievable. This was even a pre-made crust that I just had to unroll and press into a pie plate. I don't know what my problem is but it never ends up coming out pretty. 

Here is how my pie ended up looking:
 Like I said, not the prettiest (not a very good picture at that) but it smelled wonderful! It was like you were looking at a drink in a pie! 

Now I am almost ashamed to tell you the rest of this story, but I won't leave you hanging.
I wrapped up the pie, put it in a cooler as I had a 2 hour drive, arrived at my mother's where there was a party that day and put the pie in the freezer. I ended up forgetting (yes, terrible!) that the pie was in the freezer and when I got home on that Sunday I got a call from my mom asking me what kind of pie that was in her freezer. I had to laugh! I could not believe I had forgotten all about it! 
Must have been because I also brought some cupcakes, but I will get to those later ;)

Anywho-what can ya do!?
If you are up for the taste test, try whipping it up and telling me how it is!
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