All morning are equal, but some mornings are more equal than others. And on the less equal mornings, it is handy to have made an apple-and-berry crisp the previous evening.
And it is even handier to have vanilla ice cream in the freezer.
Haphazard Fruit Crisp
(much like Apple Crisp, but with fewer apples and more frozen berries)
the remainders of two packages of frozen berries (about 1 1/2 cups?)
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2+ cup sugar
3/4 cups flour
6 Tbsp butter
cinnamon, nutmeg, salt
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Toss the berries into a bread pan (if they are frozen together in intractable clumps and bashing them against the counter doesn’t work, zap them in the microwave for 20-30 seconds). Chop up the apple (leave the skin on, it’s OK!) and toss it in with the berries; pour on the lemon juice and some sugar and toss/stir to coat.
Then assemble the topping; cut the butter into the dry ingredients in a bowl. Use a pastry cutter or your fingers to mix, then sprinkle the topping over the fruit. Pop it in the oven for 40 minutes or so. Allow to cool (just enough so you don’t burn your mouth) and eat warm (with ice cream, of course).
What I’ve Been Reading: Housekeeping vs. the Dirt, Nick Hornby; The Unnamed, Joshua Ferris; Ophelia Joined the Group Maidens Who Don’t Float, Sarah Schmelling; Making Toast, Roger Rosenblatt
What I’ve Been Listening to: Once: Music From the Motion Picture; Pet Sounds, the Beach Boys; Bach Cello Suites, Yo-Yo Ma; And Out Come the Wolves, Rancid; Reconstruction Site, the Weakerthans