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Thumb_11351_Apricot And Cherry Crumble

Thumb_11351_Apricot And Cherry Crumble

In her Comfort Me With Apples, Ruth Reichl wrote about a fresh apricot pie that is simplicity itself. Put halved apricots in a pie shell and top with a rich streusel topping. We like to skip the pie crust and add sugary cherries to the apricots so that every bite is a burst of sweet-tart fruit.

Thumb_13946_Apple Crisp

Thumb_13946_Apple Crisp

The Golden Delicious contributes sweetness, so there's no need for sugar in the filling. The Winesap is tart; hence, no lemon juice. The Jonathan is both sweet and tart, for added depth of flavor. Taken together, this crisp is slightly tart. Read more about this recipe at the Washington Post.

Thumb_10240_Maple Plum Crumble

Thumb_10240_Maple Plum Crumble

The maple syrup and sugar give this plum crumble a warm, complex flavor. Grade B syrup is a darker, richer (and usually cheaper) syrup, but if you have grade A around, that'll work as well.

Thumb_11084_Gingered Cherry-Berry Crumble

Thumb_11084_Gingered Cherry-Berry Crumble

Mixing berries with fresh ginger and adding ground ginger snaps to the topping give this crumble a less traditional flavor. Serve with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or yogurt (for breakfast). Read more about this recipe at hogwash.

Thumb_13622_Apple Brown Betty

Thumb_13622_Apple Brown Betty

The Brown Betty is a classic dessert that requires minimum prep. Put it together, stick it in the oven, and you have a sweet ending to a meal. This recipe is part of The Barbara Kafka Dessert Anthology.

Thumb_16571_Apple And Dried Cherry Crisp

Thumb_16571_Apple And Dried Cherry Crisp

For best results, look for a sweet, juicy cooking apples such as Gravensteins. Any apple grower can point you to his or her best variety for pies and crisps. Read more about this recipe in Fresh From the Farmer's Market.

Thumb_13927_Bumbleberry Crisp

Thumb_13927_Bumbleberry Crisp

Bumbleberry is an old term meaning mixed berries. Blackberries, raspberries and strawberries are used here, but blueberries or boysenberries can be added or substituted. This recipe can easily be doubled. Read more about this recipe in the Santa Monica Farmers' Market Cookbook.

Thumb_13978_Apple-Pear Crisp

Thumb_13978_Apple-Pear Crisp

There couldn't be a more comforting -- and simple -- home-style dessert than this crisp. This recipe benefits from the added dimension of both apple and pear flavors. Read more about this recipe at the Washington Post.

Thumb_21733_Spinach and Feta Quesadillas

Thumb_21733_Spinach and Feta Quesadillas

Quesadillas are great for creating fusion dishes where all you have to do is fill them with the flavours and ingredients from another culture.