Mango and Berry Crisp

I must admit, when I heard of the ingredients to be used for the next Royal Foodie Joust, I was stumped with what to make. Dessert making is not my strong-suit and I have little cooking experience with cardamom. We have a challenge.

To compound my challenge, I noticed some other entries already used up some of my ideas so I felt my neck tightening up. The creative boa was constricting me.

Finally, I found this Mango and Berry Crisp and it contained all the Joust’s three ingredients for May: brown sugar, cardamom and mango.

This is a dessert that’s sweet enough for those looking for that in a dessert yet there’s some tartness from the berries for those who want something fruitier.

This month’s Joust is hosted by Ben of What’s Cooking. This Mexican culinary dynamo is filling in for hosting duties as the creator of the event, Jenn the Leftover Queen is still recovering from a fairty-tale beachside wedding and an exhilarating honeymoon in Jamaica, MON!

For those quick enough to conjure something today, all entries are due by 10PM tonight.

Mango and Berry Crisp
(adapted from Heather Tim)

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour

2 tsp anise seeds
½ tsp ground cardamom
½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into bits

Filling 600 gr fresh or frozen mixed berries
4 ripe mangos, peeled & thinly sliced
2 tsp. zest of 1 lemon
1 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC)

  1. To make topping, in a medium bowl, stir sugar with flour, anise seeds, cardamom and cinnamon. Using your fingertips, work in butter until mixture is crumbly.
  2. To make filling, place frozen fruit in a large bowl along with the lemon zest and vanilla. Stir. Stir cornstarch with sugar and toss with fruit.
  3. Turn mixture into a greased baking dish. Sprinkle topping over fruit. Place dish on a baking sheet to catch any drips.
  4. Bake in centre of preheated oven until topping is a deep golden colour, 40 to 45 minutes.

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Peter Minakis

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54 Comments for “Mango and Berry Crisp”

Peter G

says:

Very creative Peter…I really like it…We call this here in Oz a “crumble”…good luck file!

Holler

says:

Oh Yum! I would have a bowl of that :P

I prefer a fruit desset to a chocolate one.

The No Croutons Required challenge for May is now up and running. I know it will be right up your street!

Peter, I have tagged you for a Book Meme. You have to pick up the book nearest to you as you read this! It’s quite fun actually!

aforkfulofspaghetti

says:

Sounds and looks good to me. Especially with the ice cream, obviously. ;-)

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)

says:

Cardamom is a fantastic spice. There’s a cardamom bread that’s intoxicating. Your crisp looks wonderful, and just the kind of thing that would be a hit in our house.

Jan

says:

Mmmm berries and mango – looks and sounds yummylishious! There’s a new word LOL

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

For a not-so-often dessert maker, it doesn’t show–you did a fantastic job. This sounds like a very tasty mix and from the looks of it, I doubt the leftovers will be around for very long

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

For a not-so-often dessert maker, it doesn’t show–you did a fantastic job. This sounds like a very tasty mix and from the looks of it, I doubt the leftovers will be around for very long

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

For a not-so-often dessert maker, it doesn’t show–you did a fantastic job. This sounds like a very tasty mix and from the looks of it, I doubt the leftovers will be around for very long

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

For a not-so-often dessert maker, it doesn’t show–you did a fantastic job. This sounds like a very tasty mix and from the looks of it, I doubt the leftovers will be around for very long

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

For a not-so-often dessert maker, it doesn’t show–you did a fantastic job. This sounds like a very tasty mix and from the looks of it, I doubt the leftovers will be around for very long

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

For a not-so-often dessert maker, it doesn’t show–you did a fantastic job. This sounds like a very tasty mix and from the looks of it, I doubt the leftovers will be around for very long

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

For a not-so-often dessert maker, it doesn’t show–you did a fantastic job. This sounds like a very tasty mix and from the looks of it, I doubt the leftovers will be around for very long

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

For a not-so-often dessert maker, it doesn’t show–you did a fantastic job. This sounds like a very tasty mix and from the looks of it, I doubt the leftovers will be around for very long

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

For a not-so-often dessert maker, it doesn’t show–you did a fantastic job. This sounds like a very tasty mix and from the looks of it, I doubt the leftovers will be around for very long

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen

says:

Nice job Peter! Looks like a cobbler I used to make a lot with peaches and blackberries. I love how you didn’t let this challenge get the best of you! Best of luck!

Ben

says:

Mexican culinary dynamo?? Hahaha, thanks Peter :-p

I like the addition of the berries in this recipe. I love mango by itself, but I think the tartness added by the berries is a great combo. Good luck! :)

Judy @ No Fear Entertaining

says:

Great entry Peter. I think the flavor combinations are great!

Lisa

says:

Excellent choice for the challenge Peter. The addition of berries makes this a first class creation.

Susan from Food Blogga

says:

Well, for someone with little cardamom experience, you came up with a sensational recipe.

Peter M

says:

Pete, crumble or crisp…it tasted good, thx, filarako!

Holler, got the MEME…I’ll play, only so you won’t pout!

Forkful, ice cream always makes friends.

Lydia, thanks and yes, cardamom is a wonderous spice.

Jan, luv your words…cute!

Mike, it was out of my comfort zone but thanks for the props.

Jenn, welcome back and yes, you can’t hold me down!

Hola Ben and yes, Dynamo! lol

Thanks, Judy-Judy-Judy!

Lisa, the berries make it somewhat healthy too.

Susan, this is the 1st time I’ve ever used it in a recipe.

glamah16

says:

Well look at you making a dessert for us! This lloks like a perfect summer treat.

Sandie (Inn Cuisine)

says:

Such an exotic treat with the cardamom & mango…yum. I’m trying to think of the perfect sauce to drizzle over this in lieu of serving it with ice cream, but nothing’s coming. If you have a suggestion–do share!

Lily

says:

Hi, nice blog, nice recipes! I put your site as a link in my blog…Have a nice month!

familiabencomo

says:

ALL of the elements that this family LOVES! Job well done for someone who was stumped by the challenge. Hats off! Good Lord, I might have to try this…. This could pass for dinner, right?

Vicarious Foodie

says:

Oh this looks good. I love crisps. And it’s lookin’ good in that martini glass!

Heather

says:

Slipped that one in right under the wire, didja? Very creative, especially for being last-minute.

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy

says:

It looks wonderful! I love the combination of mango and berries. Actually, I love everything about this. This is the kind of dessert we love to have at our house.

sher

says:

I’ve never eaten a mango crisp, but I want to now. The spices are wonderful too.

Dhanggit

says:

berries, mangoes and cardamom i could already imagine the taste! this is definitely a beautiful dessert creation of yours peter :-) what a great royal joust entry

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

says:

It is rather odd seeing a dessert on your site Peter, but there is nothing wrong with this effort. I can imagine the crunch and the taste….yum

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

says:

It is rather odd seeing a dessert on your site Peter, but there is nothing wrong with this effort. I can imagine the crunch and the taste….yum

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

says:

It is rather odd seeing a dessert on your site Peter, but there is nothing wrong with this effort. I can imagine the crunch and the taste….yum

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

says:

It is rather odd seeing a dessert on your site Peter, but there is nothing wrong with this effort. I can imagine the crunch and the taste….yum

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

says:

It is rather odd seeing a dessert on your site Peter, but there is nothing wrong with this effort. I can imagine the crunch and the taste….yum

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

says:

It is rather odd seeing a dessert on your site Peter, but there is nothing wrong with this effort. I can imagine the crunch and the taste….yum

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

says:

It is rather odd seeing a dessert on your site Peter, but there is nothing wrong with this effort. I can imagine the crunch and the taste….yum

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

says:

It is rather odd seeing a dessert on your site Peter, but there is nothing wrong with this effort. I can imagine the crunch and the taste….yum

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

says:

It is rather odd seeing a dessert on your site Peter, but there is nothing wrong with this effort. I can imagine the crunch and the taste….yum

Ruth Elkin

says:

Oooooh great dish! I’d love some of that!!!! Love the sound of the berries with the mango.

GL for the joust!

We Are Never Full

says:

this looks really nice. i couldn’t get it together in time for the joust. i bought two mangoes about 2 weeks ago, then used them for something else. tried again about 1 week ago, and the same thing happened. ah well… there’s always next month.

giz

says:

Way to fake it for someone who doesn’t do desserts. And who knows anything about cardamom anyways?

Bellini Valli

says:

This is a great entry for the Joust Peter. I see that the voting has already begun. Good luck:D

Peter M

says:

Glam, it was a surprising success, all gone!

Sandie, a raspberry couli?

Geia sou Lily, I’ve linked you too!

Jan, you wordsmith you!

Beth, TY!

Erik, no Smell-o-vision PC’s yet! lol

Bencomo, it was supereasy…in the oven in minutes!

Vicarious, I like other things in my martini glass.

Heather, I almost was not going to participate but I said…WTF!

Kevin, thanks…gotta play to win they say!

Sticky, it’s got sweet and tart.

Sher, give it a shot…the spices are wonderful in this.

Rita, I will play, ok?

Dhanngit, thanks hun and good to see you back!

Nina, thanks but I’m up against some stiff competition too!

Giz, I intend to post more sweets and desserts…say one/week.

TY, Farida!

Val, I see no votes! ;(

Jessy, mango’s good any way!

Elly, that topping wins me each & every time.

Cakelaw

says:

If dessert is not your strong suit, you wouldn’t know it from this – it looks and sounds delish!

AnticiPlate

says:

Wow! This looks more than beautiful. I love the combo of cardamom, cinnamon, and anise (very scandinavian). This seems simple enough for a non-baker (like me!)

Núria

says:

Hola Chico! great job with the 3 ingredients! Now that I have seen your promise in the Joust… can’t get that image out of my head!!!!
:D :D :D