Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Blackberry Raspberry Crisp and Nauvoo


This week in the great state of Utah, we celebrate Pioneer Day, to commemorate the Mormon pioneer's entrance into the Salt Lake Valley. The pioneers began their dusty trek in a little town in western Illinois called Nauvoo. Located on a bend of the Mississippi River, Nauvoo has been restored to recapture the 19th century charm of a little midwestern town. It's a bit like colonial Williamsburg, except that Nauvoo's attractions are 100 percent FREE to the public. The little red brick town contains a bakery, a gunsmith, printing press, blacksmith, brick factory, all operated by volunteers in pioneer dress. My children love the Pioneer Living Center best of all, since they can participate in candle, rope and quilt making, plus see a real bustle oven for baking bread. During the summer months, Nauvoo really comes to life with an outdoor theatrical known as the Nauvoo Pageant. Professional actors plus scores of volunteers make up the cast for a musical interpretation of life in Nauvoo for the Mormon settlers. (My parents, who normally live across the street in my southwestern town, spend their entire summer in Nauvoo as pageant volunteers.) If you live anywhere near Western Illinois, hitch up your wagon and head to the Pageant, which runs until August 1st. For more information about times and location, click here. I've been to Nauvoo about 7 times in the last ten years, and I'm so smitten with the place, that I wish it were 8. If you can't make it to Nauvoo, but want a taste of the Nauvoo Pageant, email me at prudencepenny@aol.com, and I'll get you a free copy of the Nauvoo Pageant CD.
Now, for today's recipe, I'm sharing a fantastic blackberry and raspberry cobbler, which seems perfectly in keeping with today's pioneer theme. Make some homemade vanilla ice cream on the side, and you'll think you've died and gone to Nauvoo.
Money Saving Tips: Use the cheapest berries you can find, even if that means using frozen. Look for a U-Pick location. If you can't find good black berries, substitute blueberries or even peaches or apricots.
Blackberry Raspberry Crisp
Estimated Cost: $6.00 for 8 servings
4 cups berries, fresh or frozen
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon lemon juice
For Topping:
1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons butter, divided
Prehea oven to 350 degrees. Layer berries in 9 inch square baking dish. Toss berries with sugar, flour, and lemon juice. In a separate small bowl, combine oatmeal, brown sugar, flour, and salt. In a separate small bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, flour, and salt. Rub in 4 tablespoons butter. Sprinkle oat mixture over berries. Dot with remaining four tablespoons butter. Bake for about 40-45 minutes, or until fruit is bubbly. Serve with ice cream.
I leave you with a poem by my mother.

MORNING IN NAUVOO
The sun’s rays move slowly
Up, over and through the
Wooded trees and ferns
Here a shimmering ray and there
From the deepest of green
To the palest of light - shadows
Cast across the lawn as
Brightly the solar star ascends.
“Good Morning children of
The earth, it is time to begin once more.”
No, it is not for man solely
To welcome the light of day
God’s creatures all join
This joyful wake up call;
From the tiniest of birds
To the cautious fawn silently
Stepping from her secluded haven.
Or even as the golden butterflies join in the joyful throng
Across this scenic canvas. No artist can truly paint the
Grandeur of the awakening known as morn
The radiance of flecks of gold,
The sounds of nature stirring.
And clamoring for its own daily bread.
The soft chattering of the insects
Or the wind that moves amongst
Thee trees with the pleasant whisper
“It is here, your rest for the night is o’er.”
Nor can be depicted by that same skilled brush
The anticipation of this human heart as I go forth
To a discovery of my very own
This a brand new day.

B. Renouf
Nauvoo, Illinois
Coming Next:
Super Fast Grilled Pork Tacos with Pineapple Slaw

131 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Tantalizing crisp, wonderful celebration, and beautiful poem.

Emily said...

That poem invokes images of the way I wish I would see every morning; a new awakening, a new opportunity, a new adventure to be had.

I have been waiting all weekend for this crisp and I will be making it tonight. I am so excited! One question: What is the measurement for the quantity of lemon juice to use? Thanks!

Kelly said...

oh yummm..that looks great...
looks like the kiddos had a good time...

Prudy said...

Emily:
So sorry about my lemon juice slight. Sheesh, I'm turning into a certified scatter brain. I just fixed it. Hope you like it!

Anonymous said...

Just made this- really tasty. I calculated out nutritional info on it and it's got a solid amount of fiber (blackberries+oats!) and protein too :)

I wanted a lighter version so I just halved the butter and substituted sugar with splenda. I had a mix of frozen berries plus some frozen strawberries, and some strawberries and blackberries that were about to go bad, so that's what I used! Still very yummy. Thanks!

wileyfamilyof5 said...

Oh how I have always wanted to go to Nauvoo. That is my dream vacation.:)I make the Nauvoo gingerbread cookies at christmas. This cobbler look fabuleous. Definately going to try on Friday.

The Renouf Family said...

oh how fun! The crisp and Nauvoo both. Nauvoo really is an amazing place, and the pageant is wonderful....chance of a lifetime. It was fun to see pics of your kids there. O
ne of these summers you are going to find me kicking and dancing on the stage :).

Seth and Julie said...

My husband just got home from his first visit to Nauvoo where he stayed with none other than your own mom and dad. I believe he was a bit smitten with Nauvoo and with your parents as well. I wish I could have gone but it was a youth trip. It is only 5 hours from us and next time I am going!!!

Marjie said...

Looks like a nice warm dessert! It's supposed to be a high of 65 all week here, so I need warm food!

gigi said...

That was a beautiful poem. Love blackberries and Raspberries together.
As beautiful as Nauvoo is, I'd love to be a volunteer too. Maybe one year :)

Leslie said...

Great post..and look at your daughter all decked out with her purse!!! too cute

Natasha said...

Ohh, the recipe looks so good! I love Nauvoo as well. I would live there if I could.

Kara said...

I've been dreaming of going to Nauvoo for years. Hopefully we can make it soon!
This dessert looks just fabulous. I sure wish our berries would hurry up and ripen!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Nauvoo is so interesting. Would love to see if. Great poem by your Mom.

Recipe looks great.

Ramona

Janssen said...

I love Nauvoo so much!

And that dessert looks divine!

Maria said...

The crisp looks wonderful! Yahoo for Pioneer Day in Utah! I grew up in IL so I have been to Nauvoo many times. My brother got married there too!

breadchick said...

Nauvoo is also home some of the best artisan blue cheese. Perfect zing to go with the berries.

Catherine said...

I loved hearing all about your trip to Nauvoo. And Mom's poem makes me think I need to greet the morning with a little more fervor as opposed to my usual sentiment, "Oh dear is it morning already?" =)

Your crips looks delicious and I can't wait to eat it on Friday with some homemade ice cream. Thanks for sharing Prudy!

Michal said...

it's been years since i have been to nauvoo. i would love to go back--the pageant is new since i was there.

loved your mom's poem and love the looks of this recipe.

Chef Jeena said...

What a beautiful poem that your mother wrote Prudy.

The fruit crisp looks so wholesome and tasty.

Molly said...

I'm going to Nauvoo for the pageant next weekend- closing night. It's my first time going and I'm very excited. I've been to Hill Cumorah Pageant many times, looking forward to adding Nauvoo to the experience. The kids are going to love it, I just know!

Valerie said...

I haven't made it to Nauvoo yet, but hope to in the next year or two. We had a good Pioneer day here in Utah though. I love berries and those photos are making me drool!

Katrina said...

We were travelling (by car) all day on Pioneer Day, so we didn't get to do anything (maybe we should have gotten a covered wagon instead ;). LOVE Nauvoo. We only live 6 hours away, but I've never been during the pageant. And the berry crisp--YUM!!!

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