Sunday, March 8, 2009

mouthfull of crumbs.

The last of the blackberries sat in my freezer today, fresh on my mind from our summertime:

I wanted them to go out with a bang! I wanted the last of the berries to be used in a way that was worthy of their perfect fruit wonder.
Instead, I tried something new. It was a gamble, of course. I rolled the dice on the fact that it could turn out terrible--
You know that I've got my baking groove on if the kitchen is covered in:

I turned flour, sugar, shortening, and an egg into a simple sweet:
Then, I scavenged the last of the coveted berries from a secret spot in the back of my freezer.
Got it?
Crumb topping.

The house smelled like tangy tart summer. We couldn't wait for a chance to taste a bit of warm sunshine and sugar.

It was divine.
Goodbye berries. I can't wait until July so I can see you again!
Blackberry Buckle
(Can be made with blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries too.)
2 C flour
2 1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
1/2 C shortening
3/4 C sugar
1 egg
1/2 C milk
2 C fresh or frozen berries
1/2 C flour
1/2 C sugar
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 C butter
Grease a 9X9 pan. Combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a mixing bowl beat shortening, egg, and sugar. Add dry mixture and milk alternately to wet mixture. Beat until smooth. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Combine the 1/2 C flour, 1/2 t cinnamon, and 1/4 C butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. (I added a few tablespoons of brown sugar to the mixture too.) Top the berries with the mixture. Bake at 350 for 50 to 60 minutes.


Kimby... said...

Looks absolutely delicious and wonderful. I love how you always post the recipes, too!

Nichole said...

Sounds divine! It was a summer desert kind of weekend huh? I made lemon bars and it smelled like summer, so this just made me smile. Oh, and I got a hankering for hanging out in the square the other day...sometimes I miss AZ.

Anonymous said...

Have I mentioned I want to come to your house every Sunday for dessert?

Laura said...

We have thornless blackberry bushes in our garden, and I love them! Thanks for the recipe.

Jennifer P. said...

This makes me want it to hurry up and be spring already! This would be perfect to eat outside!

WishTrish said...

That reminds me that I need to go check on my blackberry bushes... They should be getting leaves now and beginning to flower next month, or earlier if the weather keeps up. Mmmmmm.

Tiff said...

Definitely saving this recipe, it looks delicious!!!

Christine said...

Oh my goodness! My mouth is watering! Looks so yummy!

Astrid said...

I miss the berry picking seasons of summer! Strawberry, black raspberry, cherry, blueberry and raspberry ...oh how I miss thee!

Mmmmmm...I've got a bag full of berries that would be perfect! (if only we hadn't made homemade peanut butter and subsequently peanut butter brownies yesterday!)

Tamie said...

i remember that post VIVIDLY. i went scouring the internet (at the time) for local farms that would let you do your own berry picking (there were really pricey and far away---i opted to not have that great experience) i was sooooo jealous of the beauty of the afternoon with the boys and your in-laws....and that little cake looks sup-yummy....lucky you! ;)

Brian and Staci said...

To my wonderful delight...I found one bag of frozen blackberries (from our pickin' adventure last Summer) last week!!! PERFECT amount for your Blackberry Buckle!! THANKS!

Andrea said...

Emily, you really should have your own cooking show.