Mixed Berry Crumble Dessert

Once a fixture on kitchen counters everywhere (at least where I grew up) cannisters stored the “basics.” Flour, sugar, coffee, and tea. What do you store in yours?

These days mine house rice in alphabetical order: Arborio, Basmati, Jasmine, and White or Wild. FYI, I eat a lot of rice. Which made me think. Sometimes life can become so compartmentalized that you risk missing the big picture. Reality isn’t organized. Life either. Do NOT attempt this thought process at home.

A few mornings ago my day started out with a shimmering falling star streaking across the sky, accompanied by a stellar cup o’ Joe — followed by a spectacular sunset that evening — followed by a glass of Cabernet. Some events are meant to be random. Unexpected. Divine. Like this dessert. (Even though I had to dig out the “basics” from another set of cannisters in the recesses of my pantry.)

Mixed Berry Crumble

(adapted from Yummly who adapted it from Cooking Classy, with a few adaptations by moi)

1-1/2 cups all purpose flour

3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided (plus a lil’ extra)

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/8 tsp. salt

1 tsp. lemon zest

1 large egg yolk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup salted butter, chilled and cut into cubes

2 tsp. cornstarch

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

2 cups fresh berries or frozen mixed berries, thawed (I used a combo of frozen blueberries & sliced strawberries w/a sprinkle of sugar so they’d macerate…)

1 Tbsp. raw turbinado sugar (I used granulated sugar; fresh out of turbinado)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and generously butter an 8 x 8-inch baking dish; set aside.

Whisk flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, salt, and lemon peel in a large bowl.

In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk and vanilla.

Cut egg yolk mixture and chilled butter cubes into the flour mixture with a pastry blender, fork, or your fingers until it resembles coarse crumbs. (I tried all three options just for fun.)

Gently press a little over half of the mixture into the prepared pan to form a crust.

Combine cornstarch and remaining sugar in a separate bowl. ( More dishes, but prevail.)

Combine cornstarch mixture with fruit (fresh or frozen) until thoroughly coated.

Pour berry mixture over crust and top with remaining flour mixture.

Sprinkle turbinado sugar (or plain ol’ granulated) over the top.

Bake in preheated oven 35-38 minutes until top is golden brown. (Personally, I was more concerned with the bottom crust over-baking so I adjusted the oven rack to the upper 1/3 of my oven midway through and watched and “smelled ” until it was deemed done.)

Remove from oven, cool completely on a wire rack, and serve as is or with ice cream.

Refrigerate leftovers (if any) in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

SOOOO good! Or at least I’m told.

By the way, here’s that sunset.

Talk about just desserts.

Enjoying pondering cannisters and living an “uncompartmentalized” life,

~ Kim

4 thoughts on “Mixed Berry Crumble Dessert

  1. You always find a way of making life like food, dear Kim. It’s your gift. Your talent. Of course, you say it in such a pithy powerful way. Plus, then you whip up something amazing like this berry crumble dessert. Reading this just makes me feel like I”m right there w/you. You are truly one person who loves every second of life.And, I’m learning all the time from you. xoxo

    • Smiling, Miss Ally. Food IS life, whether we’re prepping it, cooking it, or sharing it with others. (Emphasis on sharing…) Edible analogies aside, I feel like I’m there with you, too, even if it’s only vicariously. One great idea begets another! Love you, xo.

  2. Wow. That’s quite a sunset. I love when sunrises start being spectacular in OK this time of year as well. But over a lake? Wow again. Great crumble. I’m one of those – not terribly organized, but usually I know where e3verything is 😬

    • Mimi, I don’t often get to see sunrise lving at the bottom of “The Hill” unless it’s reflected in the lake (even if I’m up before dawn), but yay for that and OH how I relish sunsets! (Thanks.) Sounds like you live in a pretty spot, too, to witness celestial moments. Grab onto every scenic memory you can! YAY for knowing where everything is in your kitchen, too. The only times I’ve encountered a problem with that is when my hubby unloads the dishwasher — he has different ideas about “where things belong.” :)

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