by Molly Shuster
Bubbling fruit desserts with crisped, brown tops are the hallmark of warm summer months. There are endless twists and variations on pie and crisps; then there are crumbles, cobblers, buckles, brown betties, crostatas, and pandowdies. What exactly is the difference between these baked fruit desserts? Here we explore a few takes on these humble not quite pies. But don’t let the recipes constrain you! Baked fruit desserts are an easy way to take advantage of the abundance of the season. Feel free to come up with your own variations using whatever seasonal fruit looks best at the stand.