Thursday, June 25, 2015

Farm to Oven: Strawberries

Hello Everyone,

I have decided to add some of my baking to the blog. Just yesterday we went strawberry picking at a farm in a little town here in Wisconsin. I have been going strawberry picking since I was a wee one and was able to share this experience with the Mr. for the first time. He loved it {at least, I hope}! We came back with about 10 lbs of strawberries, so I decided to bake. I originally got this recipe from Barefoot Contessa, but I altered it a little to accommodate my strawberries.

Strawberry Crisp:

8 cups strawberries
Zest of 1 lemon or orange {I used lemon}
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
1 1/2 cups plus 2 to 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour {I always use unbleached}
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup quick-cooking oatmeal {I used regular oatmeal and it baked just fine}
1/2 pound cold unsalted butter, diced

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter the inside of a 9 x 12 baking dish.

Cut the stem out of 8 cups of strawberries. {I left them whole.} Add the lemon zest, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons of flour. Toss well. Allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes. If there is a lot of liquid, add 1 more tablespoon of flour. Pour the strawberries into the baking dish and gently smooth the top.

Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, salt, oatmeal, and the cold, diced butter {I used salted butter, so did not add the salt, which turned out just fine} in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until the butter is pea-sized and the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle evenly on top of the strawberries. Bake for 1 hour until the top is browned and crisp and the juices are bubbly. Serve immediately with ice cream of your choice {just the way I like it}.

Let me know what you guys think! It's the perfect summer dessert! Nice and refreshing.
Tractor ride to the fields with the Mr. 

Pick one, eat one, pick one, keep one, repeat. Yum!

These berries are so sweet, juicy, and delicious. Nothing like straight off the bush strawberries. 

Here is the crisp unassembled, pre baking. 

Here she is all baked and ready to eat. Don't mind the corner where some is missing, I coudn't resist! 

 Enjoy! Until next time!

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