Summertime and the living is easy — and so are the desserts. The Best-Ever Strawberry Crisp comes together in just under 40 minutes, and makes use of one of the best berries of the season for a burst of summertime sweetness. For extra satisfaction, try picking your strawberries for this recipe locally; the Best-Ever Strawberry Crisp deserves the freshest ingredients. Top it with whipped cream or ice cream, and serve it at your next barbecue.

Ingredients

For the filling:

  • 5 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

For the topping:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • whipped cream, optional, to taste, for serving

Directions

Step 1 –Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2 –Grease a deep-dish pie plate or large baking dish with butter or cooking spray. Set it aside.

Step 3 –Combine the chopped strawberries and 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar in a large bowl, and mix until the strawberries fully absorb the sugar.

Step 4 –Add the cornstarch and the vanilla extract and stir until all of the strawberries are evenly coated.

Step 5 –Pour the strawberry mixture into the prepared baking dish.

Step 6 –In a separate medium-sized bowl, combine the flour, the oats, the brown sugar, the remaining granulated sugar, the salt, and the cinnamon.

Step 7 –Add the melted butter and stir until well-coated and crumbly.

Step 8 –Sprinkle the crumb mixture evenly over the top of the strawberry mixture.

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Step 9 –Bake in the oven until the fruit is bubbly and the topping is golden-brown, about 35-40 minutes.

Step 10 –Allow the crisp to cool slightly before serving.

Step 11 –Serve warm with the whipped cream.