In Grand Valley, Ontario, Wendy Masters keeps this sweet mixture on hand to use as a time-saving topping for many desserts. Sprinkle over muffins or pies, or use it to create this quick fruit crisp with convenient canned pie filling.
"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."
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