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Peach Blackberry Crumble

08/07/2011

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Very few desserts are easier than a crumble. All you really have to do is chop, mix and bake.  Summer just screams fruit. I love seeing watermelons, strawberries, and plums in the stores. One of my favorite summer fruits is peaches. I just love them. I can just cut them up and eat like an apple, or make them into a yummy baked treat. I even like canned peaches. And then, of course, there is peach jam—yum!

But back to the crumble…I had some peaches in the fridge that I didn’t want to lose. I also had a crazy expensive tiny tub of blackberries calling my name. What is girl to do with all of this fruit? Bake it!! Like I said, crumbles are super easy and taste delicious. All you need is a bowl, a knife and a baking dish and you are good to go!

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I sliced up the peaches and put them and the blackberries in a bowl. I squeezed the juice from one lemon in the bowl and then mixed in some sugar. I popped the fruit in my baking dish and went to work on the crumb topping. Really, that is the whole reason for a crumble. I mean, the fruit is great, but buttery topping makes it all even better!!

 

 

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For the topping, I used oats, brown sugar, flour and—the best part—butter. I started off with the pastry cutter to work the butter in, but decided to just mix it up with my hands. The heat from your fingers works really well in breaking up the butter and making a nice crumble topping. you want all of the oat mix to be mixed in the butter and to have crumble pieces of all sizes.

 

I baked it for almost an hour. I don’t really remember what time I put it in, I just know that it was ready when I could smell it!! The smell of sugar, butter, and peaches is delicious!!

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The juice from the blackberries had bubbled up through the  topping and it was a nice golden brown color and crunchy on top. This was so good that you didn’t even want a scoop of ice cream on top. Hubs was a big fan of the topping—not so much peaches, but he raved over the topping and blackberries! This is a perfect summer dessert. While it can always be made with frozen fruit, the ripe summer fruit makes it even better. It is great hot out of the oven and I’m sure it will be even better cold for breakfast in the morning!! Enjoy!

Peach and Blackberry Crumble

Ingredients

5 peaches, pitted and sliced

1 small package of fresh blackberries

1 lemon

1/4 cup white sugar

Crumb Topping

1 cup flour

1 cup dark brown sugar

1 cup quick cook oats

2 sticks cold butter-diced into small pieces

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350

Place sliced peaches and blackberries in a bowl. Squeeze the juice from one lemon over the fruit. Sprinkle with the white sugar and carefully mix together—you don’t want to break the blackberries. Once mixed, scoop the fruit into the baking dish.

Mix the flour, oats, and brown sugar together in a bowl. Add in the diced butter and work it into the mixture using a pastry cutter or your fingers. You want the mix to be uneven and crumbly, but to have all of the butter mixed into the oats and flour mix. Once it is mixed, spread it in an even layer on top of the fruit.

Bake the crumble on 350 for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Once you start to smell it and the top is bubbly and brown, it is ready. Let cool for about 10 minutes before serving.

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Meg

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