I was fortunate enough to have a dear friend share this recipe with me more than 50 years ago. The sweet-smelling combination of apples, cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg has been a welcome scent in my house ever since. —Cleo Lightfoot, Southlake, Texas
"I love the aroma and flavor of basil! So when I found a recipe that called for basil in a strawberry-rhubarb crisp, I couldn't wait to try it," writes Beth Rice of Springfield, Oregon. "I reduced the fat in the recipe and changed the strawberries to cherries since I had a tree loaded with them. The tart fruit flavor goes perfectly with the tangy basil."
Meet the Cook: I used my favorite cherry pie recipe to create this one after my fiance - who's now my husband - asked me to make a treat for his rugby team's meeting. Since I didn't have time to roll out a crust, I just used a simple crisp crust.
-Melissa Radulovich, Byers, Colorado
This four-ingredient dessert can be ready in 10 minutes. When fresh peaches are not available, simply use frozen sliced peaches and adjust the microwave time.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
This is a great recipe for any season, but is especially popular during the Fall months when the weather begins to cool off. I love baking and incorporating fresh ingredients whenever possible. This recipe is versatile and can be adapted to incorporate fruits that are in season, regardless of the month.—Taste of Home Cooking School
We grow our own luscious red raspberries and feast on them fresh and freeze them for winter. This recipe combines the berries with fresh pears and a crunchy cereal topping. —Fancheon Resler, Bluffton, Indiana
When I came up with this fruit combination, it reminded me of a banana split. I added the chocolate chips and ice cream to make it complete. I love that this is so quick to prepare. —Connie Reed, Bourbonnais, Illinois
"This is a great crisp that goes well with any meal, but you can also serve it as a breakfast treat or snack. It combines interesting flavors. When it's warm, it can't be beat!" -Peter Halferty of Corpus Christi, Texas
When it comes to a heartwarming treat on a chilly winter's day, this home-style crisp is hard to beat. The gingersnap-crumb topping nicely accents the apples, pears, raisins and dates.—Pat Habiger, Spearville, Kansas