A delicious combination of fresh fruit star in these quintessential American recipes, from blueberries and peaches to cherries and apples. Each yields a juicy dessert that are the epitome of summer.
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This version of a truly American dessert consists of ripe, juicy fruit and a crunchy sweet topping. The dessert takes it name for the crumbly mixture that bakes over the fruit into a crisp topping. To my mind, few things are as wonderful to eat than this blueberry peach crisp warm and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and I think you'll agree.
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This Peach Cobbler recipe is the quintessential summer dessert. Fresh, ripe peaches need little enhancement in the way of flavor - just a little lemon juice and sugar makes for a luscious dessert that tastes as fresh as the fruit itself. Serve this cobbler warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, whipped or plain heavy cream. See the Recipe Notes below to make a star-spangled version.
04 of 09
What's better when fresh peaches are in season, than a delicious peach crisp? This crisp recipe also has sliced almonds in the topping, which adds an extra crunch. Any fresh fruit or berries can be adapted to this crisp recipe if peaches aren’t available.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
The sweetness of strawberries and the tartness of rhubarb are perfectly balanced in this delicious pie. It's best made in spring/early summer when rhubarb is abundant and strawberries are at their peak.
Strawberry rhubarb pie is great served warm, but also very refreshing when served ice cold from the refrigerator.
06 of 09
When fresh cherries hit the stores, there is no better way to enjoy them than in this fresh dark cherry pie recipe. And, don't forget, the cherries in this pie recipe are packed with antioxidants.
07 of 09
Fresh blueberries star in this simple, down-home dessert—the fruit cobbler. It's so simple, in fact, that all you need is a baking dish, some fruit, and a few ingredients from the pantry to make the topping and you're ready to go.
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This country-style tart is one of the easiest to make because of its free-form shape. To make the recipe even easier when you're short on time, use purchased pie crust dough for the pastry. The recipe calls for sweet Golden Delicious and tart Granny Smith apples, but you can use any apple, or combination of apples, that you like.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Is there any better way to enjoy blueberries than an old fashion blueberry crisp recipe? The dark, sweet-tart berries and that chewy, crisp top is one of the great combinations of all time.
This blueberry crisp recipe is a delicious way to get these incredibly nutritious berries into your diet. Blueberries are on all the "super foods" lists due to their very high levels of anti-oxidants.