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Blackberry Crumble

In the spring, our family has a special tradition of picking wild blackberries and coming straight home to make this wonderful Blackberry Crumble. The textures and flavors of this crumble are something we look forward to all year, while we wait for that first batch of blackberries to come in. Everyone takes their own zip top bag and competes to get the best berries. It reminds me of the doors opening on Black Friday, when bargain hunters all over the country storm retail stores shopping for the best deals on Christmas gifts.

Blackberry crumble with fresh blackberries

Blackberry Crumble


For the Topping

  • 1 cup all purpouse flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped
  • 1 stick butter room temperature

For the Blackberry Crumble Filling

  • 5 cups blackberries
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3 cups brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, pecans, and butter in a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until the butter is the size of peas. Set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, combine blackberries, sugar, flour, and vanilla. Pour blackberry mixture into a casserole.

  3. Crumble the topping mixture evenly over the blackberries. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until the tops are browned and crisp and the juices are bubbly. Serve warm with Goat's Milk Ice Cream (page 184 of Tracking the Outdoors In) or basic whipped cream.

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