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Friday, July 17, 2015

Blackberry Crunch

    Our blackberry bushes are in full production right now!  We were lucky enough to have a patch of thornless vines going already at this house when we moved in, and this year is looking to provide a bumper crop.  The only problem is it feels like it has been raining non-stop for months.  The lack of sunshine has lead to berries that are a little more tart than normal.  Jax loves picking the berries.  He likes to point out the ones that aren't ready and collect the dark berries.  He doesn't mind that they are tart.  The neighbor boy doesn't either.  I'll eat a few while picking, but not as many as normal.  It's ok, I love baking with them anyway and I knew they would be perfect with a little added sugar! ;-)



 I normally rinse the extra berries and freeze them for baking later.  Each year though, there is a day when I can't help myself and the berries need to be baked now!  I usually use that opportunity to bake a pie.  I love a blackberry pie filled with enough lemon juice and rind that you can really taste the lemon as well.  There is just something about berries and lemon together that gets me every time.  I thought about doing that, but settled on a crumble.  Making this topping is so much quicker than a crust and I knew this would be perfect with some homemade ice cream.


Blackberry Crunch

Ingredients:

Filling;
6 cups blackberries
2 T sugar
1 1/2 T corn starch
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 T lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt

Crust:
1/2 cup whole wheat flour (your can use all purpose)
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
5 T coconut oil (solid)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a 9x9 or 2.5 quart baking dish, mix together blackberries, sugar, and corn starch and let sit for as you gather everything else up. 
  3. Stir in the maple syrup, lemon juice and salt.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, oats, baking powder, salt, brown sugar and cinnamon.
  5. Place the coconut in the bowl with the dry ingredients and using a couple of knives (or your fingers) work the mixture until it is crumbly and well mixed.  
  6. Spread topping over berries and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  7. I like it best served warm with MiMi's homemade vanilla ice cream!  
    Want a few more sweet berry treat ideas?









18 comments:

  1. I don't have blackberries over here, but I guess this could be done with raspberries, too?

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  2. When I was young we lived near blackberry bushes and we loved them and made them into all sorts of wonderful dishes. Your recipe looks so good I wish I had some blackberries, they go so well with whipped cream too. Thanks for bringing this recipe to Fridays Blog Booster Party #15 I hope you bring us some more joy next week.
    Kathleen

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    1. Mmm. Berries and whipped cream sounds wonderful right now!

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  3. We have wild blackberries in our yard--this looks like a great idea!

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    1. It is really delicious and easy! We were lucky enough to have a patch of thornless blackberries when we bought this house!

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  4. Mmm...this looks so tasty! I love blackberries. This sounds so encouraging! Can't wait to read more.Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty - we hope to see you again next week. :)

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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    1. Thank you! We really enjoyed it. I am tempted to make it again already! Thanks for hosting, see you next week!

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  5. Yum, I love blackberry desserts, this sounds so good! I hope some of our blackberries will be ready soon. Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

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    1. Me too! I always love when ours start ripening!

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  6. I remember picking blackberries as a child - such lovely memories you have brought back to me. Thanks for linking up with us at #Wednesdayswisdom. See you next week!

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    1. We just have a little patch, but we get a LOT of berries. It is fun to see how stained Jax is by the time we are done picking. He usually has purple all over his face, hands and shirt!

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  7. So jealous about your blackberry bush, I killed mine.

    Thanks for sharing on Tasty Tuesdays link up. Hope to see you back next week.

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    1. Luckily the bushes have been really thriving. A good pruning each year and they just keep going. Fingers crossed it stays that way!

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  8. How delicious! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can't wait to see you next week!

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    1. Thank you! We loved it. Luckily we had some homemade ice cream to go with it. It's hard to get better than that!

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  9. I'm so jealous- all we can grow here are weeds and cactus! This pie looks amazing Carlee - thank you for sharing with us at Talented Tuesdays!

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    1. We have really enjoyed our berry patches. Unfortunately most of the rest of the garden was blown over in a storm a week or two ago. At least we still have all the jalapenos we could want and the berries were plentiful! (we have plenty of weeds too, just no cactus!)

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