A Promise Kept - Blackberry Crumble

When Jeff visited last week, I served Blackberry Crumble for dessert. He asked for the recipe and I told him I'd trade him the recipe for a guest post on making a do-it-yourself TV antenna. We got the better end of the deal since the recipe is so easy, I could've just given it to him on the spot. But ... a deal's a deal and he wrote the blog post for us. So here's the link to his post in case you missed it and the recipe ... shared with you all (and YOU didn't have to write a guest blog ... though you're welcome to contribute one most any time!)

 Blackberry Crumble ... Yum!

Blackberry Crumble ... Yum!

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Blackberry Crumble
When we visited Chile, we picked wild blackberries daily. A South African cruising friend provided a deliciously, traditional, easy British crumble recipe that I've modified throughout the years.
Ingredients
  • 4 - 6oz containers fresh blackberries, washed
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
Instructions
Prepare 9" pie plate or 4 ovenproof ramekins.Place all but a few berries in the pie plate or split evenly between ramekins. Save a few berries for garnish when serving. Mix sugar & flour, then cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly.Sprinkle crumble mixture evenly over the berries.Bake in 350F oven for 25-30 mins or until crumble is golden brown.Serve warm or cold with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream and garnish with fresh berries.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: About 4-6 servings

Now ... as an extra added bonus ... there is a distinct difference to me between 'crumble' and 'crisp' although most American recipes consider them the same. The main differences are the addition of oats and brown sugar instead of white. Here's my crisp recipe ... 

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Any Fruit Crisp
While David prefers chocolate anything, fruit desserts are my absolute favorite. This recipe calls for apples, but you can use most any fruit you want ... fresh or canned... pears, peaches, star fruit, mango, cherries or even blueberry pie filling.
Ingredients
  • 4 Tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 2 tsp lemon juice (for fresh fruit only)
  • 6 apples, large, pared and sliced thin
Instructions
Prepare a 9" pie plate. Place fruit in plate and, if fresh, sprinkle with lemon juice. Note: If canned fruit, be sure to drain the liquid.Combine rest of ingredients and use a fork to cut butter in to the sugar mix until crumbly.Spread crumb mixture evenly over fruit.Bake in 400F oven for 20-25 minutes till topping is golden brown and crispy.Serve warm or cold with or without ice cream/whipped cream.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4-6 servings