This fresh berry dessert uses a baked meringue that's crumbled and stirred into the streusel. The filling uses crystallized ginger and orange rind for a decidedly tart flavor that contrasts with the sweet topping. Because the meringue needs to sit in the oven at least 12 hours, make it a day before serving. Or make our same-day Almond Streusel variation. At her restaurant Flying Fish, Chef Christine Keff serves the crisps in small skillets, but we tested them in ramekins as well. You can also make a single crisp in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. For a real treat, serve with ice cream.
Cooking Light JULY 2002
Preheat oven to 200°.
To prepare streusel, place egg whites in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until foamy (about 30 seconds). Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form (about 2 minutes). Gently fold in almonds, coconut, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Spread as evenly as possible onto a parchment-lined 15 x 10-inch jelly roll pan.
Bake 2 1/2 hours. Turn oven off; cool meringue in closed oven at least 12 hours or until completely dry. Remove meringue from paper. Crumble meringue into 1/4-inch pieces.
Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and the next 4 ingredients (flour through 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon) in a bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in meringue pieces.
Preheat oven to 350°.
To prepare filling, combine blueberries and next 7 ingredients (blueberries through orange rind) in a bowl; toss well. Spoon 1/2 cup filling into each of 12 (6-ounce) ramekins or custard cups coated with cooking spray. Top each with 1/3 cup meringue streusel mixture. Place ramekins on a baking sheet; bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until bubbly. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Note: You can also make this dessert in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. (Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly.) Or use small skillets like the one above, which we found at Williams-Sonoma. (Bake for 25 minutes.) The recipe makes enough to fill 6 skillets, 2 servings per skillet.
Variation: Triple-Berry Crisps with Almond Streusel: If you're in a hurry, try this more simple, traditional streusel topping - made with butter, flour, and sugar.
Almond Streusel: 3/4 cup all-purpose flour; 1/2 cup packed brown sugar; 1/2 teaspoon salt; 4 1/2 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces; 3/4 cup regular oats; 1/3 cup sliced almonds
To prepare streusel, lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Place flour, brown sugar, and salt in a food processor; pulse 2 times or until combined. Add chilled butter; pulse 6 times or until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add oats, and almonds; pulse 2 times. Sprinkle over berry filling; bake according to recipe above.
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