How do you show love? Love notes, gifts, affection? I suppose that even picking up someone's dry cleaning can be a caring act. I've come to believe that I show love most often through food. Whether it's for a child, a sibling, parent or husband, I can spoil (rich chocolate pudding), provide nutrients, or appeal to the need for comfort with something unexpected like a breakfast crisp. To me this says, "I love you."
I made this on a Sunday morning and told my husband to wait and see what was in the oven before making his usual breakfast. It's oddly close to his morning routine of late: yogurt, homemade granola and berries. But something bubbling on it's way out of the oven steps things up a notch. It feels like dessert but has a tiny fraction of the sugar.
So I'm curious, what do you do? How do you show love?
Mixed Berry Breakfast Crisp with Hazelnut Almond Topping
Since berries are one of the most highly sprayed crops, I recommend paying the extra money and buying organic. You can use frozen berries, in which case do not defrost them. The end result may be a bit juicier if using frozen. If you feel like having this for dessert, replace the greek yogurt with some ice cream.
6 cups fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
zest of 1/2 orange
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup hazelnut meal
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter, cold
3/4 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup slivered almonds
Place the mixed berries in a deep baking dish, sprinkle with orange zest and sugar.
Place the flour, hazelnut meal, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in the food processor, then add the stick of butter which you have cut into about 8 slices. Pulse 5-6 times. Then add the rolled oats and pulse another 3-4 times, taking care not to over process the oats. With your hands, mix in the slivered almonds, then lay the crisp topping over the berries in the baking dish. Bake at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes. Serve hot or room temperature with greek yogurt mixed with a little maple syrup.