Whip Up a Flavorful Irish Breakfast with This Fruity Crisp

Picture it: you’re in Dingle, Ireland, waking up to a beautiful morning in the countryside. You’re craving a hearty breakfast that will fuel your adventures for the day, but you need something different from the traditional “full Irish” breakfast.

Lucky for you, I’ve got the perfect recipe that combines the flavors of a classic fruit crisp with the hearty ingredients of an Irish breakfast. Allow me to introduce my Irish Breakfast Fruit Crisp.

This dish is a delightful twist on the traditional apple crisp recipe. It features a fruit layer made with apples, pears, prunes, apricots, cherries, and maple syrup. To add some tanginess, I use lemon juice before topping it with a crunchy crumble made with rolled oats, all-purpose flour and unsalted butter. The result? A breakfast fruit crisp that’s satisfyingly sweet and savory – ideal for breakfast or dessert.

So whether you’re in Ireland or not, whip up this easy-to-make recipe when you want a taste of the Emerald Isle.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Irish Breakfast Fruit Crisp
Irish Breakfast Fruit Crisp

For those who love a hearty breakfast and a sweet treat, this Irish Breakfast Fruit Crisp recipe is the perfect combination of both. Whether you’re looking for a traditional Irish breakfast experience or just a delicious morning snack, this breakfast fruit crisp will leave you feeling satisfied and energized for the day ahead.

One of the things that makes this recipe great is its versatility. You can substitute any type of fruit you have on hand – from pears to cherries to cranberries – and still enjoy a rich and flavorful result. Plus, with simple ingredients like oats, flour, brown sugar, and butter, this recipe is easy to make and affordable on any budget.

But what really sets this dish apart is the combination of flavors and textures. The crisp topping provides a satisfying crunch against the soft, baked fruit layer. The sweetness of the maple syrup pairs perfectly with the tartness of the dried fruit. And with just a hint of cinnamon in each bite, this dish delivers all the comforting flavors of an apple crisp or apple crumble.

Moreover, this Irish Breakfast Fruit Crisp offers an excellent opportunity to create unique breakfast ideas that are healthy yet indulgent. If you’re looking for healthy breakfast ideas, try swapping out some ingredients like oats for oatmeal steel cut oats or whole milk for plant-based milk like almond milk. Or if you want to indulge yourself, add some ice cream on top for an extra dessert-like experience.

In conclusion, there are plenty of reasons why you’ll love this Irish Breakfast Fruit Crisp recipe. It’s versatile, flavorful, and comforting while providing endless opportunities for creativity in your breakfast menu routine. Give it a try next time you want to make yourself feel good starting with great food!

Ingredient List

 Dig into a warm and comforting bowl of Irish Breakfast Fruit Crisp!
Dig into a warm and comforting bowl of Irish Breakfast Fruit Crisp!

The Ingredients You’ll Need

To make this Irish Breakfast Fruit Crisp, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 6 cups mixed fruit (such as apples, pears, prunes, apricots, cherries, dried cranberries)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup margarine or unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Note: You can use any combination of fruits that you like. Make sure to use ripe but firm fruits for the best texture.

These ingredients can be found in most grocery stores. If you can’t find some of them, try looking at specialty stores or ordering online.

The Recipe How-To

 Breakfast of champions: start your day off right with this delicious fruit crisp.
Breakfast of champions: start your day off right with this delicious fruit crisp.

Now get ready to make an amazing Irish Breakfast Fruit Crisp. This recipe is perfect for anyone who wants a hearty breakfast or even for dessert. Here’s how to make it:


  • 6 cups of your favorite fruit combination like apples, pears, prunes, apricots, cherries and cranberries.
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup apple juice or water


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 C). Grease a 8-cup baking dish.
  2. Combine your chosen fruits in a large mixing bowl with lemon juice, apple juice or water, and some cinnamon.
  3. Place the fruit layer in the greased baking dish and set aside.
  4. In another mixing bowl mix oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Cut in the butter until crumbly.
  5. Sprinkle the crisp topping evenly over your fruit blend.

  6. Bake uncovered for 45-50 minutes or until the top is golden-brown and crispy.

Serve this delicious Irish Breakfast Fruit Crisp alone, as it is bursting with flavor! Alternatively, you can top it with some vanilla bean ice cream or whipped cream for extra indulgence.

Substitutions and Variations

 A hearty and healthy breakfast that will keep you going all morning!
A hearty and healthy breakfast that will keep you going all morning!

As a chef, I understand that not everyone will have the exact ingredients for this Irish Breakfast Fruit Crisp recipe in their pantry. Fear not! There are several substitutions and variations you can make to adjust the recipe to suit your preferences.

Firstly, the fruit choices in this recipe are quite versatile. Feel free to swap out the suggested fruits, such as dried cherries, cranberries, prunes, pears, and apples, for other fruits you have on hand. Blackberries and raspberries would also work well in this crisp.

If you prefer a crunchier topping, consider using granola or crumbled oatmeal cookies instead of rolled oats.

For a healthier breakfast option, swap out the all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour or almond flour. You could also add some chopped nuts to the topping for added protein and healthy fats.

If you are vegan or have a dairy intolerance, substitute margarine or coconut oil for the unsalted butter in this recipe.

For a more traditional Irish twist, add some black pudding to the fruit layer (if you dare!). Or try substituting some of the rolled oats with steel-cut oatmeal for a heartier texture.

Lastly, if you want to make this breakfast fruit crisp even sweeter, drizzle some honey or agave nectar over the top before serving. And don’t be afraid to experiment with different spices and flavorings – a pinch of ginger or a teaspoon of vanilla extract can work wonders!

Whatever substitutions or variations you decide to make, just remember to keep an eye on how much liquid you use in your crisp recipe as adjusting this may affect the final result. With these ideas and tips in mind, feel free to get creative and make this Irish Breakfast Fruit Crisp recipe your own!

Serving and Pairing

 Crispy, chewy, and oh-so-satisfying - this breakfast crisp has it all.
Crispy, chewy, and oh-so-satisfying – this breakfast crisp has it all.

When it comes to serving and pairing my Irish Breakfast Fruit Crisp, the possibilities are endless! This delicious breakfast fruit crisp is perfect on its own or paired with a dollop of whipped cream, a scoop of ice cream, or even a drizzle of honey on top.

For an extra special treat, try serving the crisp with a side of traditional Irish fry featuring black pudding and other classic breakfast staples. The sweet and savory combination will take your taste buds on a journey through Irish cuisine.

Another great way to serve this dish is as part of a brunch spread alongside other breakfast favorites like oatmeal, steel-cut oats, or even granola. This is especially perfect for those who prefer a healthy breakfast because this fruit crisp recipe uses wholesome ingredients like rolled oats and mixed dried fruits.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try pairing my Irish Breakfast Fruit Crisp with a cup of tea or coffee from Ireland’s famous Dingle region. Dingle is known for its unique blend of Arabica coffee beans and is the perfect complement to this fruity dish.

Overall, there are endless ways to serve and pair my Irish Breakfast Fruit Crisp recipe to make breakfast time extra special. Whether you prefer something sweet, savory or healthy, this delicious fruit crisp has got you covered!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Savor the rich flavor of fresh fruits and wholesome oats in every bite.
Savor the rich flavor of fresh fruits and wholesome oats in every bite.

Once you’ve enjoyed your Irish Breakfast Fruit Crisp, it’s important to know how to store and reheat it properly. This will help maintain the texture and taste of the dish.

If you plan on making this dish ahead of time, you can prepare the fruit layer and crisp topping separately. Store them in two separate containers in the refrigerator until ready to bake. Assemble the crisp right before baking.

If you have leftover crisp, let it cool completely before storing it. It’s recommended that you keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can also freeze the leftovers for up to a month. Make sure to thaw it in the refrigerator before reheating.

To reheat the crisp, preheat your oven between 350-375°F (175-190°C). Place the refrigerated or freezer crisp into an oven-safe dish and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until heated through.

You can also reheat individual servings in the microwave for about 30 seconds on high power until heated through. But be careful not to overheat, as this may result in a loss of texture and flavor.

The Irish Breakfast Fruit Crisp is perfect for breakfast or as a dessert after your full Irish fry breakfast. It pairs well with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream on top. Enjoy your warm and flavorful fruit crisp anytime!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A decadent breakfast treat that's indulgent and nutritious at the same time - what could be better?
A decadent breakfast treat that’s indulgent and nutritious at the same time – what could be better?

To make sure your Irish Breakfast Fruit Crisp turns out perfectly, focus on the little details. Follow these tips for guaranteed success:

Firstly, to ensure a crispy and flavorful topping, use old-fashioned rolled oats instead of quick oats. The texture of quick oats is not suited for a breakfast fruit crisp recipe like this one.

Secondly, frozen fruit can be used in place of fresh fruit if necessary. However, it is important to thaw and drain the fruit before using it to avoid excess moisture in the crisp.

Thirdly, make sure that your fruit layer is evenly distributed. It’s easy to accidentally add too much fruit to one side of the pan without realizing it.

Fourthly, don’t overmix the crumble topping! To create a perfect balance of crisp and crumbly texture, mix the oats, flour, and sugar until just combined. Lumps are OK; they will melt together while baking.

Fifthly, do not skip adding lemon juice in this recipe! Lemon juice brightens up the flavors of the fruits and gives an amazing tangy flavor to the dish.

Lastly, pay attention to baking time- bake for approximately 35 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Allow the baked Irish Breakfast Fruit Crisp to cool at least ten minutes before serving with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream on top.

By following these simple tips, you can easily create a mouth-watering Irish breakfast fruit crisp that no one can resist!


As we reach the end of this recipe article, you may still have a few questions about this Irish Breakfast Fruit Crisp recipe. Fret not, for in this section, I will be answering the most frequently asked questions to help resolve any queries or issues you may have encountered while preparing or serving this delicious dish.

What is fruit crisp made of?

When it comes to making a fruity dessert, I follow a simple formula: for every 1 cup of fruit, I add ½ teaspoon of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of thickener, and 1 to 1½ tablespoons of sugar. However, if I’m using 6 cups of fruit or more, I increase the lemon juice to 3 teaspoons, the thickener to 6 teaspoons, and the sugar to 6 to 9 tablespoons. This ensures a perfect balance of sweetness and tartness in every bite.

What is included in a traditional Irish breakfast?

A classic breakfast in Ireland usually features a spread of bacon, sausages, eggs, potatoes, beans, toast or soda bread, mushrooms, tomatoes, and black or white pudding. Black pudding is made from the blood of pigs while white pudding is a type of flat pork sausage.

What is an Irish fry up?

An Irish breakfast typically serves up a protein-packed meal with a serving of four types of breakfast meats and two fried eggs, generally cooked to be sunny side up. While combining eggs with bacon and sausages may not be a new concept, a true Irish fry represents the warm welcome extended to guests and the culinary skill of the cook.

What does a typical Irish breakfast look like?

A hearty traditional Irish breakfast typically features a variety of savory staples such as crispy bacon, juicy sausages, eggs, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, and baked beans. Additionally, it may include a potato-based dish like a hash or bubble and squeak. Served alongside toast, butter, marmalade, and plenty of hot tea, this breakfast is sure to satisfy.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Irish Breakfast Fruit Crisp recipe is a perfect addition to your breakfast table. It’s easy to make and tastes heavenly, making it an excellent healthy breakfast or dessert option. The combination of sweet, tart fruit and warm, crispy topping is truly unbeatable. You can serve it with ice cream or even plain yogurt for an added twist.

Whether you prefer the traditional Irish fry or just need a quick and easy healthy breakfast idea, this breakfast fruit crisp will delight your taste buds. I hope this recipe article has encouraged you to give it a try at home, and you can be sure that your family will love it as much as mine does.

With these tips and helpful information on ingredient replacements and variations, you can create your own unique version of this Irish Apple Crisp recipe. So why not make it your signature dish? Whip it up for friends and family gatherings or just indulge in a slice all by yourself.

So what are you waiting for? Head to the kitchen and start making this irresistible Irish Breakfast Fruit Crisp today. I guarantee that once you have a bite of this delectable baked Irish breakfast oatmeal steel cut oats whole milk crumble topping, you’ll never look back!

Irish Breakfast Fruit Crisp

Irish Breakfast Fruit Crisp Recipe

In Ireland this breakfast fruit crisp is served with clotted cream. I serve it with maple syrup or soft yogurt cheese or regular yogurt. You may simplify this recipe by using four apples and 1 cup dried apricots.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Irish
Keyword < 4 Hours, Breakfast, European
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Calories 284.1kcal


  • 2 apples, peeled and sliced
  • 2 pears, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup pitted prune
  • 1/2 cup dried apricot, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries or 1/2 cup cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup apple juice or 1/4 cup orange juice


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup wheat bran
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup soft margarine or 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup apple juice or 1/3 cup orange juice


  • Combine apples, pears, prunes, apricots, cherries, maple syrup and ¼ cup apple juice.
  • Place in 8-cup baking dish.
  • For topping, combine rolled oats, flour, bran, brown sugar and cinnamon.
  • Stir in melted margarine or butter and 1/3 cup juice.
  • Spoon over fruit.
  • Bake in preheated 350 oven for 50 to 60 minutes, or until fruit is very tender and topping is crisp.
  • Simply HeartSmart Cooking, Bonnie Stern.


Serving: 124g | Calories: 284.1kcal | Carbohydrates: 56.4g | Protein: 3.6g | Fat: 6.7g | Saturated Fat: 1.2g | Sodium: 75.3mg | Fiber: 5.8g | Sugar: 34.4g

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