Coffee Hawaij Fruit Crisp

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Hawaij refers to a Yemenite spice blend that, like a curry spice blend, comes in a few varieties. The most famous yellow hued hawaij is used for savory preparations like soups, stews and braises. The second variety, is traditionally served alongside coffee, and is amazing in sweet preparations. You can bake this crisp in 6 individual ramekins or any 9-inch baking dish.

You can even bake in an already prepared pie crust for a varied presentation. You can also use fresh fruit in place of the frozen. The frozen fruit are recommended for making prep quicker and easier. 

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  • 6Servings


  • 14 ounces frozen blueberries
  • 14 ounces frozen peaches
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup flour, divided
  • ½ cup brown sugar, divided
  • 1 cup oats
  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil, such as Colavita
  • 1 tablespoon hawaij coffee spice blend
  • Pinch of sea salt


Preheat oven to 400°F.

  1. In a 9-inch pie pan, combine blueberries, peaches, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon each flour and brown sugar.
  2. In a separate medium sized mixing bowl, combine oats, remaining flour and brown sugar, evoo, hawaij spice blend and sea salt. Mix by hand or using two forks until crumbly.
  3. Top fruit with crumble and bake, uncovered for 30 minutes.
  4. Serve warm with ice cream. 

*Homemade Hawaij Coffee Spice Blend

There is no coffee in this spice blend, but it is traditionally served alongside a steaming cup of coffee.

Combine 1 tablespoon ground ginger, 1 tablespoon ground cardamom, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon ground cloves, ¼ teaspoon ground fennel seeds.