Mixed Berry Crumble

by Michelle on August 9, 2009

I love using what’s commonly thought of as savory herbs in desserts. I’ve used Tarragon and Basil in cream cheese frosting and it’s just wonderful! So when I found Tyler’s recipe for Blackberry Crumble and he had added fresh Rosemary I knew I had to try it.

Of course I had to change the recipe just a little bit. I added blueberries along with the blackberries. And in order to make the topping crumble I had to add more flour as well. I was not sure how much 3 sprigs of Rosemary was and since Rosemary is quite a strong herb, I was cautious and minced just enough for 1 1/2 tsp and this seemed to work out just fine. And after tasting the Crumble, Tarragon would work out fabulously as well!!

It was so overcast that I had a hard time taking a good photograph. Finally gave up and moved outside where it was 98 degrees with about 100% humidity. If you look closely at my photos you can see the ice cream melting! 😉

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Blackberry Crumble
Recipe adapted from “Real Kitchen” by Tyler Florence

Crumble:
1/2 c (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1-1/2 c sugar
1 c all-purpose flour (I had to add abt 1/2 c. extra flour)
1 1/2 tsp minced fresh Rosemary (Tarragon would work well too)

Filling:
2 quarts fresh blackberries and blueberries
1/2 c sugar
1/4 c cornstarch
Juice of 1 lemon

Option: Top with whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, fresh raspberries and blackberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

To make the crumble topping, blend butter, sugar, flour, and rosemary in a large bowl. The best way to do this is with your hands. I had to add about 1/2 c. extra flour to make the topping crumbly.

In a large bowl, mix the blackberries and blueberries, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice together. Pour the berry filling into a 9×13-inch glass baking pan; even it out with a spatula. Crumble the topping over the berry mixture. Bake for 1 hour on a nonstick cookie sheet (to catch any overflow) until the topping is brown and the fruit is bubbly.

Serve the crumble with whipped cream, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and garnish with fresh red raspberries and blackberries. Make sure the crumble is still a little warm so the ice cream will melt.

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Comments

  • Danielle August 10, 2009 at 4:17 am

    Oh Michelle, that looks so good! I think I’d make a crumble (any flavor) just so I could eat the crumble LOL

  • Kate August 10, 2009 at 4:27 am

    Bring on the dessert! This looks so good. Wonderful photo!

  • Helene August 10, 2009 at 5:48 am

    Even if it was overcast you still managed to take great pictures. That crumble looks delicious.

  • Susan from Food Blogga August 10, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    The addition of rosemary is brilliant.

  • KBeau August 10, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    This looks wonderful. I’ve always dearly loved blackberries.

  • Lisa August 12, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    I’ve gotten behind on my reading and find you’ve posted so many wonderful recipes lately. I really do like the addition of herbs to berry recipes. It adds such a little spark of interest and brings out something earthy in the berries, like the notes of flavor in a good wine. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kayte August 13, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Beautiful…these are my kind of desserts, fruit! Fruit and cream or ice cream even better. You make everything look so lovely and delicious.

  • Natashya KitchenPuppies August 14, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Such a gorgeous photo of deliciousness! I love fruit desserts best, especially if ice cream is involved..

  • Debinhawaii August 15, 2009 at 1:26 am

    This looks perfect–I love the addition of the herbs!

  • Kim August 16, 2009 at 2:17 am

    Beautiful!! I’m jealous…I’ve been having so much trouble finding berries this summer. Must not have been a good season for them, not sure. This sounds so interesting with the rosemary. I’ve never done fresh herbs in desserts before. Something to think about for sure ; )

  • Jenny August 16, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Sounds wonderful! And ice cream is at its best when it is just a little bit melted anyways.

  • cantbelieveweate August 17, 2009 at 12:09 am

    Oooh…I love your thinking here…it gives me shivers and expands my mind!! I would love a bite!! LOL! Looks gorgeous though!

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