Blackberry-Cherry-Walnut Crumble

Mounds of deep dark cherries and blackberries make an incredible filling for this crumble.

It is berry season!

We’ve waited all year for incredible fresh northwestern blackberries and raspberries and now they are here.

And, BONUS- it is also cherry season here in Montana. What to do with this bounty of riches?

Here’s what I recommend- Throw those berries in a dish, cover with a brown sugar, butter, walnut crumble topping, bake ’em up and smother in local vanilla ice cream. Please summer- don’t ever end.

My version takes fresh berries and cherries that you coat in a bit of flour and freeze. Or pro tip: Fresh berries not available? Buy frozen and bake. I made two versions- one with fresh berries and one with completely frozen berries. The frozen berries actually tasted better and gave me a juicier filing. Who knew?

The crumble topping is simply oats, flour, walnuts, butter, cinnamon, lemon zest, brown sugar and salt. Pulse in a food processor until it resembles wet sand. Plop on top of floured berries and bake. So simple. No crust to chill and roll out. You barely have to measure.

I think I may make another version with peaches and nectarines. Be back with that version in a few weeks….

Enjoy!

Jammy berries in a toasty, buttery crumble served with vanilla ice cream- the BEST summer dessert!
When Hunky Hubbbie was on a Zoom call I resorted to making the crumble on the front porch so as not to disturb him.
The things we do for love.
Old fashioned oats givens the topping structure and keeps it from becoming a soggy mess.

Blackberry Cherry Walnut Crumble- sevres 4-6

  • 4 cups fresh blackberries, or a 12 oz bag of frozen blackberries

  • 2 cups dark sweet cherries, pitted, stems removed, or 1 cup frozen dark sweet cherries

  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour, divided

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats

  • 1 cup light brown sugar

  • 1/2 butter, cold, cut into small pieces

  • 1 TBSP lemon zest

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

  • 1/2 cup walnut halves , optional

Cinnamon compliments the berries so well.
A little lemon zest really lifted the flavors.
Nutty, buttery crumble about the go in the oven.

Method- Prep time 10 minutes, baking time 30 minutes

  • Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 2-3″ deep x 10″ square baking dish. Set aside.
  • Toss fruit in a medium bowl with 1/4 cup of flour. Place in freezer while making the crumble topping.
  • In the bowl of a food processor, add the remaining flour, oats, butter, brown sugar, lemon zest, cinnamon, salt and walnuts.
    Pulse until the mixture resembles wet sand. Set aside.
  • Spread the floured berries from the freezer into the prepared buttered baking dish. Place the baking dish on a parchment lined rimmed baking sheet to prevent spillage.

    Sprinkle the crumble topping over the berries.
    Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the crumble is golden borwn and the filling is bubbling.
    Serve with ice cream or fresh whipped cream.
These frozen berries( coated with flour) look like a hot mess, but I found in my baking, that frozen berries worked just as well as fresh.
I coat the berries with flour to create a thickener for the juices while baking.
Your house will smell Ah-May-Zing!

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