Seattle Blackberry Crisp

 While growing up in Seattle, I developed a passion for blackberries and raspberries.  Blackberries grew plentifully on every vacant lot and on every little untended strip of soil all over the city.  On late summer afternoons, we would put on old clothes and carrying a well worn enamel sauce pan, head out to pick enough berries for a pie or cobbler.  Raspberries are more of a high brow berry cousin that requires some tending and planned cultivation, but blackberries were abundant and free for the taking. 

The taste of blackberries, sweet and sour, with delicious juice, that thickens, make them my favorite berry for dessert.  I wipe the plates clean with my index finger when no one is looking. 

Blackberries are usually rather costly these days, but I confess when Costco has the 1 pound 2 ounce plastic containers available for a comparatively reasonable price, even though they are from Mexico, I can’t resist. 

I mentioned this crisp for dessert a couple of posts ago in a Shabbat Menu with Lamb Tagine.  So, here is the recipe you all requested.  

2 pounds 4 ounces blackberries

½ cup white sugar

½ cup brown sugar

½ teaspoon cinnamon

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons corn starch

8 individual ramekins

2/3 cup unbleached flour

½ cup brown sugar

1/3 cup white sugar

¼ cup corn meal

¼ cup old fashion oat meal (big flakes)

½ teaspoon cinnamon

1/3 cup almond slivers

½ cup parve margarine or butter (1 stick)

Rinse the berries and spread them to dry on paper towels.  After they are dry, place them in a bowl with the sugars, cinnamon, lemon juice, and corn starch.  Toss lightly to combine. 

Prepare the ramekins on a baking sheet to catch any juice that might overflow while baking.  Combine the second list of ingredients for the crisp topping, the flour, brown sugar, white sugar, corn meal, oatmeal, cinnamon, almonds and margarine or butter.  Cut in the margarine just until there are still pea size chunks in the mix.

Divide the berry filling among the ramekins.  Divide the topping equally among the ramekins as you sprinkle it on top. Place the baking sheet in a 350º preheated oven and bake for about 30-35 minutes or until the topping is browning and the berries are bubbling up and around.  It is best, served warm and you could serve it with ice cream if you like.

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One Response

  1. I remember how good the blackberries tasted when you were picking them. Great memory – looks fantastic. I’m sure they taste wonderful. Erna

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