Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Cherry Berry Crumble

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Sometimes there are those desserts that are so darn simple but that just knock your socks off.  They are a snap to put together, but when served, each bite has layers of flavors that dance together to enchant the taste buds and gratify the soul.

Berry Crisp. Cherry Crumble.  Call it this or call it that.  However you label it, the aromas of this dessert baking in the oven could  make our country's leaders forget their squabbling and squealing about issues that would be melted and melded with every passing bite.

I made this berry deliciousness while visiting with my cousin and her little girls.  While they were napping we tucked ourselves in at the kitchen table and enjoyed this dish warm out of the oven.  I believe we had been discussing the need to eat less sweets and more veggies a few moments before the aromas filled the kitchen with cinnamon, butter, cherries, and  brown sugar.  

You might say the dietary prattle literally fluttered out the window as the cinnamon-y scents wafted to the table.

I knew my family would love this simple summer dessert so the next weekend I made another berry crumble for our Sunday dinner.  The simmering and bubbling of the fruit juices release aromas that could gladden any sad heart, delight any lazy afternoon, and sing the praises of summer's bountiful fruits.

This is also a fitting dessert to  usher us into thoughts of seasonal change.  Fall is around the corner and that just makes my heart sing.  Fall is my favorite season of the year.  

Houston is actually a delightful part of the country during Fall, for beginning in late September until February, the temperatures remain fall-like for months.  Fun hats and scarves can be worn with cozy sweaters without having to cover it all up with huge winter coats.  I can shake hands with Texas' summer and wish it adieu any day!

I already have a line-up of fall dishes that I am ticking off my list of "must-dos".  I need to gear up for my annual pots of gumbo.  The kids have mentioned my pastry covered guinness beef stew.  Oh, and our yearly ginger cookies cut into the shapes of fall leaves.  Our neighbor just had a baby girl so we'll have to bring over plate of those cookies to celebrate their little fall addition.

I long for open windows, cool nights, and cups of hot coffee while watching the beautiful Texas sunsets.  

Our adorable and playful kitty Polly goes nutty when the windows open as she dances from one window to another pretending to stalk the birds, who toy with her, knowing they are safe behind walls.

This will be the first fall season of being a food blogger so I eagerly await all of the seasonal recipes and photos that will usher in this cozy and joyous of seasons as Texans breathe in the cool crisp air and move outdoors after a hot and stifling summer.

Cherry Berry Crumble:

3/4 cup (100 g) light muscovado sugar
3/4 cup  flour
1/2 cup (60 g) almond meal
1/2 cup (50 g) quick cooking rolled oats
1 stick (1/2 cup; 113 g) unsalted butter, diced
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean, split open and seeds scraped out
(Snippets Notes:  many people like to add chopped nuts to the topping.)

For the fruit:

1/4 cup  sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 1/2 cup (150 g) blueberries
1 1/2 cup (150 g) cherries (or any fruit you like)

To make the crumble: In a bowl, combine the sugar, flours, almond meal, oats and vanilla seeds and rub in the butter until crumbles form. Set aside.
Butter a baking dish and preheat the oven to 375˚ F.
In another bowl, combine the berries, apricots, cornstarch and sugar. Let rest for 20 minutes.
Pour the fruit inside the dish and cover with the crumble. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the fruit bubbles and the crumble is golden brown in color. Serve lukewarm with plain yogurt or vanilla ice cream on the side.


  1. Lovely! Such a beautiful post. It's gloomy and overcast here in Colorado today (and I'm loving it)! I've baked chocolate chip cookies and gotten cozy with a cup of tea. I look forward to your autumnal recipes!

  2. Where did you find cherries? I thought I was finally past craving crumbles, and now you've got me started again. What's your pitting method, it looks like you have lots of beautiful whole cherries in your crumble.

  3. I agree about simp;e and delicious.This cherry crumble is proof of that:)

  4. This looks sensational. One of my all time favourite desserts is cherry pie so I'll have to try this on in our summer :)

  5. Ooh crumbles are so cozy. Beautiful!

  6. This looks so so good Sarah! Stunning phototgraphy, just love the post!
    I added my vote..Good Luck!!

    Jeanne xxx

  7. This looks fantastic! Gorgeous photos! Crumbles are one of my favorite desserts.

  8. I Love your dishes in these photos! they are so rustic! I LOVE your dish here! Especially that its made in a cast iron pan! I am so making this!

  9. aww...your kitty is sweet! We have four that adopted us..a whole litter on our back porch. I've been enjoying them so much!

    Your crisp looks divine. I just love your photography...gorgeous every single post!

  10. You write so beautifully. It's funny reading this on the other side of the world, we are just shrugging off the winter weather and I couldn't be happier! (Unless I had some of your crumble, of course)

  11. Oooh that looks so good! I love crisps and crumbles, the more topping the better. I think we are all exciting to launch into fall activities, espeecially cooking! It's my favorite season.

  12. Fantastic! looks so simple yet so ravishing health giving stuff.

  13. Fruit crumble is one of my favorite desserts!! I must try this one very soon!!

  14. Beautiful! I don't think I've ever been to your blog before! Just beautiful!

    Looks super duper yummy!

  15. Your photos are sublime and I am sure the cherry crumble is too. I am longing for cooler temperatures myself but I think it will be a while before my wish is granted.

  16. Congratulations for being in the running for Babble's top 50 food blogs - absolutely deserved, your photos are gorgeous and this recipe sounds completely delicious (as does pastry covered guinness stew...wow!)

  17. I always so enjoy your blogs -beautiful pictures and I love the combo of cherries and blueberries!

  18. This looks absolutely scrumptious..and am so looking forward - not only to your recipes..but also the imagery that you create - as we enter into the fall season!!!

  19. Devaki @ weavethousandflavorsSeptember 9, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    Very nice to come home to a crumble of cherries and blueberries - i really like this teist on the usual combos.

    Your pics as usual are art.

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  20. MMMMM, delish! I need a cup of coffee and I am set!

  21. Your photographs of cherries are amazing. It's like they are right there waiting to be picked up off the table. I love your descriptions. The talk of fall makes me want to put on a comfy (but trendy sweater and cute boots) ;) For someone who's just going into the first fall season as a food blogger, you're doing an amazing job!

  22. a great way to farewell summer with this crumble! i love using berries in mine too...and am intrigued that you put almond meal in your crumble..will be trying out this idea next time :)


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