In February, Michael and I went on the Backstage Magic Tour at Disney World. The tour visits all 4 parks, the costume shop, the central plant, the Disney nursery and tree farm, and includes a family style lunch at Whispering Canyon Café. The lunch is barbeque with all the fixin’s and ends (at least ours did) with an excellent Berry Crisp. I haven’t been able to find the Whispering Canyon Berry Crisp recipe but this one, adapted from Alton Brown’s recipe, is pretty darn close.
If you like amazing desserts, you should give it a try. If you don’t like amazing desserts, give it a try anyway and I think it’ll change your mind.
- 1 Sleeve of Graham Crackers, Crushed (About 1 ½ Cups)
- 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
- ⅔ Cup Sugar
- 1 Stick of Butter, Cut into Smallish Pieces
- ¾ Cup Pecans, Chopped
- ¾ Cup Walnuts, Chopped
- 16 oz Berries (A Single Type or Mixed Berries)
- ¼ Cup Sugar
- 2 tsp Cornstarch
- Vanilla Ice Cream for Serving
- Preheat oven to 375°
- In a large bowl, mix the crushed graham crackers, flour and ⅔ cup sugar together.
- Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter, a fork, or your fingers until there are tiny bits of butter all throughout the mixture and it looks crumbly.
- Add in the nuts and mix to combine.
- In a second bowl, combine the berries, ¼ cup sugar, cornstarch, and ½ cup of the topping mixture.
- Pour the filling into an 8” cast-iron skillet or a square casserole dish.
- Sprinkle the topping all over the filling until you have a nice, thick crust. You may not use all of the topping but you’ll come pretty close.
- Cook for 25 – 30 minutes until the topping is brown and the filling is bubbly. Remove the crisp from the oven and allow it to cool for about 15 minutes.
- Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
You can a use mixture of berries or a single type of berry for this recipe. I normally buy the “smootie mix” from my grocery store and use that but any berry will work and be delicious. The crisp pictured here is a mix of blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries.
Don’t have access to fresh berries? Frozen berries work really well in this recipe!
The difference between a crisp and a cobbler is the topping. A cobbler has a biscuitey dough while a crisp (or crumble) has a crumbly streusel-like topping.