Sunday, June 20, 2010

Berry Crumble


As I mentioned in my last post, I've finally made a Facebook page for Chocolate Shavings. If you want to receive regular updates about the site, new recipes and photos, please join here! I've always loved a couple spoonfuls of warm fruit crumble topped with a scoop or two of vanilla bean ice cream. It's a pick-me-up for anytime of the year. I just came back from a month in a half trip to Europe - a blissful time in London working at the BBC and a relaxing couple weeks at my parents house in Paris spending time with family and friends. After a long time being away from my Montreal home, the one thing I always look forward to is coming back to my kitchen. Coming back as jet-lagged as ever - for some reason, the more I travel, the less my body seems to react properly to time change - I decided that making a gold old rustic berry crumble was the best way to get a sense of my Parisian self in my Montreal kitchen and make the hours before 7AM seem reasonably alive.

Crumbles really are one of my favourite ways to enjoy seasonal fruit. The light crumble topping is the perfect addition to ripe and plump berries at this time of year and the dessert really comes together in a matter of minutes. I always tend to add little sugar to crumbles because ripe fruit really doesn't need that much else to shine.

Berry Crumble
Serves 4

1 cup of all purpose flour
1 1/2 stick of very cold butter
1/2 cup of sugar
3 tsp cinnamon
Fruit:
2 1/2 cups of blackberries and raspberries
2 tablespoons of sugar

Preheat oven to 350 F. Cut the butter into 1/2 inch pieces. In a bowl, mix the flour, sugar and cinnamon. Add the butter pieces and, using your fingers, turn the mixture into small lumps of dough.

In a separate bowl, add the 2 tablespoons of sugar to the fruit and lightly toss to coat. Divide the fruit between 4 ramekins and top with equal portions of crumble topping. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and crisp. Serve warm, preferably with some vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

20 comments:

marla {family fresh cooking} said...

Wow, what a trip! A month and a half in Europe sounds wonderful. Hope this crumble helped you acclimate back to home. Looks great!

dinnersanddreams.net said...

Aren't crumbles some of the easiest and best desserts ever? Yours looks lovely!

lostpastremembered said...

I think everyone wishes for a month and a half in Europe... and your parents live in Paris... wonderful!
Love the crumble..simple and good with all the beautiful fruit in the markets!

Jennifurla said...

Simple ande delicious, great pics

Dana said...

Your crumble looks great! I'm really digging the combination of mint and berries lately, maybe I'll have to try your crumble with a little bit of mint in it. The mint just brings the berries to a whole other level.

Adventures in Domestic Cooking said...

What a wonderful dessert!!=)

MaryBeth said...

So simple and delish....

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

A month and a half in Europe? How incredible!

Taz said...

yum, I love crumbles. I'm always fascinated by the different ways people make the toppings, everyone seems to do it differently!

christelle is flabbergasting said...

I absolutely love crumbles : so easy to make and so goood ! I do know a crumble Queen (she does amazing crumbles of everything)... but I'll definitely try yours! Looks so yummy!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Jen, I'm crazy for crumbles - and since winter has officially started here in Brazil, I'll be making many of them from now on. Love your recipe and the styling - beautiful!

Taylor said...

Crumbles are my favorite this time of year too...especially with a big scoop of ice cream! Yours looks delicious!

smalltownoven said...

So jealous of your travels! I'm hoping to get away next year to either Europe or Asia. This crumble is beautiful in its simplicity and a perfect summer treat!

Amy of Sing For Your Supper said...

Welcome back! Hope you had a lovely trip- I'm so jealous! :-) This looks just delicious!!

-Amy
http://www.singforyoursupperblog.com

Trissa said...

Welcome back! It is fantastic to get back to your own kitchen after a holiday isn't it? I was gone for three weeks this year and I was itching to get back as well. As always, such an inspired and lovely dessert.

The Urban Baker said...

i love those vessels! the colors are so great in your food, in your accessories, in your lighting. inspiring!!

Annie said...

Yum, yum...berry crumble looks delicious :).

One question: where could I buy a pot/frying pan like yours? It'so lovey...:) Thank you.

Greetings from Europe ;)
Annie

Chocolate Shavings said...

Annie: This one is from Whole Foods

Anonymous said...

Hi! My name is Lilia, I live in Buenos Aires! I adore your blog! I have a question: How many grams is a stick of butter? Since our sticks in Argentina are 100 grams or 200 grams, I would like to know the equivalence. Thank you! My mail is ljiljavt@hotmail.com

Chocolate Shavings said...

Lilia: 1 stick of butter is equivalent to 1/2 cup of 125 ml. Hope that helps and let me know when you try the crumble!

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