Blackberry Crumble

05 September 2009
It is blackberry season!  We came home from our trip to the Toledo Farmer's Market with a gorgeous quart of blackberries from Ackerman Berry Farm. I had originally intended on finding a recipe for a blackberry coffee cake. Instead, I decided to make a super easy blackberry crumble and boy are we happy with that choice! This is an easy crumble recipe that we will make over and over again... so easy that a two year old can do it. The only thing I would do differently next time is to add in a bit of grated lemon rind to the berries for a little extra tartness.  If it isn't blackberry season, you can use this crumble recipe to top the fruit of your choice.  We love it for peach, berry, and apple crumble too!

Blackberry Crumble

1 quart blackberries
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
1/2 heaping cup oats
1/2 heaping cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 stick butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mash slightly the blackberries, add the sugar and vanilla bean paste. Allow to mascerate while prepping the crumble topping.

In the bowl of a food processor (you can also do by hand), add oats, flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Add in 3/4 stick of butter cut into chunks and pulse food processor until small pea size crumbles form.

Butter a shallow baking dish. Add berries to the bottom and top with crumble topping. Add the remaining butter to the top cut into small chunks.

Bake for 35-40 minutes. Topping will appear to still be loose, but it will firm up when cool.

Serve warm on it's own or with a scoop of ice cream.

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Emily said...

That looks so freaking yummy!

A Fist Full of Dandelions said...

Yum! This looks delish!

Anonymous said...

What could you use if you don't have vanilla bean paste?

Michelle said...

You could just substitute pure vanilla extract!

Anonymous said...

Where do you buy vanilla bean paste?

Michelle said...

Hi Anon, I buy it at Williams-Sonoma. We also have a higher end local grocery store that carries it as well as Amazon. You can always substitute a fresh vanilla bean and scrape out the seeds OR use an equivalent of pure vanilla extract.

Denise said...

Can't wait to try this! Thank you so much :)

Lorry said...

This was delicious! I used my freshly frozen cherries with a touch of blueberries and strawberries... I will cut the brown sugar in half next time... A bit sweet for us.

Anonymous said...

This was great! My Dad told me to make sure I keep the recipe... I used a frozen fruit mix that had strawberries, blackberries and blueberries. Delicious!

Anonymous said...

Know what's even better than this recipe... the fact that your daughter is wearing an OSU jersey making this recipe. Win all around!

Unknown said...

This was amazing! But I tasted the berry mix before putting it into the final batter and it was too sweet (For my taste) So I added two more cups of mixed frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries) which evened out the sweet and sourness. I used vanilla extract cause I didn't have vanilla bean paste and it was still super yummy and a hit at my dinner party :) Also I added another half a cup of flour and half a cup of oats, because I found the batter too sweet. Otherwise, the dish was DELISH!! :) Thank you!

Michelle said...

It definitely depends on when you get the berries and how sweet vs tart they are when you're making it. Adjust the sugar as your family likes.

Anonymous said...

We love this dessert! My husband has type 1 diabetes so we substitute several ingredients: splenda instead of sugar, whole grain oats, whole grain flour and the brown sugar blend. It turns out wonderful and is a dessert I don't have to feel guilt about indulging in!!!

Anonymous said...

Yummy!!! :P

Anonymous said...

This looks yummy. Does it matter what type of oats (quick, old fashioned, rolled...) Thank you :D

Anonymous said...

This has become my "go to" recipe for a quick, yummy dessert for my family. I usually use frozen mixed berries and it ALWAYS turns out great. I would definitely give your berry mixture a taste with 2/3 of the sugar amount and adjust from there, because you never know how sweet or tart the berries are gonna be. Thanks for the WONDERFUL recipe!!!

Rach... said...

I made one that was strawberry and one in blackberry. They were delecious! I added a tablespoon of lemon juice to each one and added a little less sugar and substituted with honey. Simple to make and tasty.

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