Thursday, July 19, 2012

like it's going out of style

As I type this, golden bursts of lightning are erupting in the distant sky, quietly magnificent. A couple of weeks ago I might have mistaken them for fireworks. I've only heard one faint rumble - so far, anyway - and the kids and the pets remain asleep.

Summer is humidity and lightning storms and swimming; sandals and farmer's markets and sleeping in a tent; picnics and flowers and fruit. When the fruit gets ripe, we buy or pick and eat it like it's going out of style. We have it in our cereal, in and on pancakes and oatmeal, by itself whenever we need a snack, and for dessert in all sorts of ways.

I ran across a crumble recipe several years ago that reminded me of the one we used to make when I was a kid, and I think it's just about perfect in its simplicity. Last summer, I made it with the blueberries we picked at my father-in-law's home in Nova Scotia and again with blackberries we picked at home and took with us when we visited friends on San Juan Island.

Berry Crumble
from a platter of figs by David Tanis

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold butter, cut into small pieces
6 pints of raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries, or any combination thereof
1/2 cup granulated sugar

Preheat the oven to 350F.

For the topping, combine the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a medium-sized bowl. Add the butter, and work it into the flour mixture with your fingertips until crumbly.

In a large bowl, gently toss the berries with the sugar. Pile the fruit into a large gratin dish or into two pie plates. Spoon the topping over the fruit.

Bake for an hour, or until the topping is browned. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Yield: about 6 servings


Julie said...

Pretty much perfect indeed. I am a huge fan of the fruit crumble, a dessert that is unfussy and filled with flavour and the fruit (any fruit!) of the season. I will add this recipe to my summer dessert repertoire. Lovely.

emily said...

i think i'm going to make this tonight, thank you very much!

shari said...

such a lovely entry, lecia. can't wait to try this recipe.

emily said...

it's in the oven!

KPiep said...

Hello! Sorry I've been behind on commenting. It's been that crazy of a summer. I have been following along, though, and am really enjoying your posts!

Francesca said...

I love your new banner Lecia! This is a good time of year for baking, isn't it, when all these fruits and berries are available. I just yesterday made a wild plum tart, and am eagerly awaiting for the blackberries to ripen.