Patriotic Berry Crumbles

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Patriotic Berry Crumble

Still recovering from my double hand surgeries, my cooking skills still have a way to go, but progress has been good and I am regaining strength and dexterity every week. The latest kitchen fiasco, though, has been the breakdown of my oven. As it turns out, it takes weeks (!) for the proper part to be shipped here before it can be successfully repaired. So, my summer cooking is limited to my stove top and Larry’s grill. Meanwhile, the 4th is just around the corner – guess we will be grilling steaks and enjoying some homemade vanilla ice cream with fresh berries, as close to these crumbles as we can get this year!

July 4th has traditionally meant a cherry pie on the picnic table for our family, even when I was a kid. This year, I decided to shake things up a bit and make individual berry crumbles. With a scoop of vanilla ice cream, they made a patriotic presentation of red, white and blue for our dessert last evening. Berries were looking so gorgeous in the market and I had grabbed up raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.

I felt a little guilty when I  announced to Larry that a berry crumble would be replacing the customary cherry pie this year. “No pie?!” my Midwestern husband exclaimed. I stood strong, hoping to win him over with my crumble.

After we had enjoyed our salad and grilled steaks, I served the crumbles and was rewarded with a big “thumbs up” from the crowd, especially from Larry, who ate two.

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT: You will need 6 eight ounce-sized ramekins.

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Patriotic Berry Crumbles
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 6
A red, white and blue berry crumble to celebrate July 4 and summer's arrival.
  • Fruit:
  • 3 cups fresh raspberries
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • zest and juice of 1 Meyer lemon
  • Crumble:
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • fresh blueberries, raspberries and blackberries (optional garnish)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place all the berries in a large bowl. Add the sugar, flour, lemon zest and lemon juice. Mix together gently.
  3. Spoon into 6 individual ramekins.
  4. For the topping, use a mixer with a paddle attachment and combine the butter, rolled oats, flour, sugars, cinnamon, cardamom and salt. Mix on low speed until the pieces of butter are the size of peas.
  5. Use your hands to roughly divide the topping into 6 portions, then pile large crumbles on top of each ramekin.
  6. Place the ramekins on a sheet pan covered with either foil or parchment paper. (Fruit juices may overflow.)
  7. Bake for 40 minutes, or until crumbles are browned and juices bubbling.
  8. Serve warm or at room temperature with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and garnish each plate with a few fresh berries.



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52 Responses to Patriotic Berry Crumbles

  1. Jayne July 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    Great picture Liz! These sound lovely. I love the berry combination!

    • Liz July 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

      Thanks, Jayne – I made it yesterday morning, so much easier – for me – than making the traditional July 4 pie.

  2. Mama's Gotta Bake July 5, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    What a beautiful summer dessert. I can’t wait to give it a try. Great photo too!

    • Liz July 5, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

      Thanks so much – all sorts of berry combos would work here.

  3. Stephanie, The Recipe Renovator July 5, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

    Soooo pretty. Nice job Liz!

    • Liz July 5, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

      Thanks, Stephanie – for all your advice. Using a tripod has become a habit for me now.

  4. Laura @ Family Spice July 6, 2012 at 8:19 am #

    So much easier than a pie, and I think tastier because you get more of the good stuff – berries!

    • Liz July 6, 2012 at 8:21 am #

      I almost ate the last one for breakfast…Almost. I’m a summer berry fan.

  5. Elizabeth July 6, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    I always turn to a crumble when I am not in the mood to roll out dough, then when I eat it, I think why don’t I make these more often. So good. Your recipe looks amazing. Yum. Always inspiring…

    • Liz July 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

      Hey, Elizabeth, thanks and fingers crossed for cooler weather tomorrow in Chicago –

  6. Lynda - TasteFood July 6, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    No doubt Larry would love it. It looks beautiful – nice photo!

    • Liz July 6, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

      Yours still reigns supreme for Larry, I think, Lynda 😉

  7. sippitysup July 7, 2012 at 7:27 am #

    No Pie? A little shocking but I am glad you stood firm. The crumble is better than fireworks (and almost as good as pie)! GREG

    • Liz July 7, 2012 at 8:03 am #

      There will be another rhubarb pie coming his way soon 😉

  8. laurie July 7, 2012 at 9:06 am #

    This picture is incredible. any chance you can make this for me??

    • Liz July 7, 2012 at 10:43 am #

      I will make it for you next visit…I liked the shot too – none of the food porn sites accepted it, though.

  9. The Wimpy Vegetarian July 8, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    We’ve got friends coming to dinner next weekend up here at the Lake, and I think these little beauties will be perfect for dessert. And I’m with Larry – I might eat 2 too! Good for you for standing strong 🙂

  10. The Wimpy Vegetarian July 8, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    Oh and your photo is just gorgeous!!!!

    • Liz July 9, 2012 at 7:57 am #

      Susan, thanks – individual crumbles are like cupcakes – everyone needs two 😉

  11. Averie @ Averie Cooks July 9, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    Crumbles in any form, I love them! And love the looks of these with all these berries (they would have never made it into being baked around here!)

    • Liz July 9, 2012 at 10:49 am #

      I bought extra, Averie, and they did not go to waste…

  12. Oui, Chef July 9, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    A dessert this good makes me wish everyday were 4th of July!

    • Liz July 9, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

      You can always pretend, Steve –

  13. Kim July 11, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    I live for the thumbs up. It makes me feel like I’ve achieved something great. So I’m happy Larry gave you one!

    I also love a good crumble. We’ve been making them with peaches around here. Your patriotic version is beautiful.

    Sounds like it was a lovely holiday!


    • Liz July 11, 2012 at 10:42 am #

      That;s me too, Kim, living for the “thumbs up” – see you soon.

  14. EA-The Spicy RD July 11, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    I have become a huge fan of crumbles, and they are so easy to adapt to gluten-free. Your patriotic berry version looks divine (especially with that vanilla ice cream on top 🙂 Happy belated 4th of July!

    • Liz July 11, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

      Thanks – I need to work on a gluten free version myself.

  15. Lisa July 12, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    What a pretty dessert! I love the berries that we get this time of year, and how pretty that you used them in a patriotic way!

    • Liz July 12, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

      Thanks, Lisa, and I loved your chicken pot pit post – so well-written and a terrific recipe.

      • Liz July 12, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

        “Chicken Pot Pie” – sorry…

  16. Mary at California Greek Girl June 30, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    Crumbles are my favorite…everyone gets their own!

    • Liz June 30, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

      Sort of like cupcakes!

  17. Cindys Recipes and Writings July 1, 2013 at 4:57 am #

    Your crumble looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday!

    • Liz July 1, 2013 at 6:59 am #

      Thanks – it was fun.

  18. Oui, Chef July 1, 2013 at 5:02 am #

    Now this is my kind of patriotic display for the holiday, just beautiful!

    • Liz July 1, 2013 at 7:00 am #

      Thanks, Steve, enjoy the holiday –

  19. Lynda - TasteFood July 1, 2013 at 7:27 am #

    These are beautiful. I would give them 3 thumbs up if I had that many!

    • Liz July 1, 2013 at 7:40 am #

      Cute – thanks, Lynda – stay cool –

  20. Lisa @ Whisk & Cleaver July 2, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    I’m glad you’ve reposted this recipe – this is a good one! And your photo is gorgeous! Happy fourth!

    • Liz July 2, 2013 at 8:02 am #

      Lazy Liz – thanks, Lisa, busy getting ready for bathroom remodel…

  21. sippitysup July 2, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    I see my comment from last Gawd, I say dorky things… GREG

  22. Kathryn January 21, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

    This looks so good; I can’t wait to try making it. I was wondering if you have an idea about how to make this in one big pan instead of 6 individual dishes.

    • Liz January 21, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

      Try it with same amount of ingredients in a square 9-inch baking dish – should need another 10 minutes of baking – watch until topping is lightly browned and fruit is bubbling.bubbling

  23. Lisa @ Whisk & Cleaver July 1, 2015 at 2:34 pm #

    I have never made a crumble but scanning the ingredient list, looks like it would be easily converted to gluten-free! Happy fourth!

    • Liz July 1, 2015 at 4:55 pm #

      Lisa, I am such a non-baker – would love to see a gf version. Happy 4th to you 3 – no, 4, Parker too 😉

  24. Suzanne July 1, 2015 at 2:36 pm #

    Liz that is one gorgeous crumble. Love the patriotic colors and that photo is so good it literally jumps out at you. Wish it did would love to eat it right now. Happy 4th of July!

    • Liz July 1, 2015 at 4:54 pm #

      Happy 4th, Suzanne – hope your pooch gets his wheels ASAP!

  25. Hof ter Zielbeek July 2, 2015 at 3:32 am #

    Hi Liz, this is indeed a great dessert. I will try this at home. 🙂

  26. susan @ the wimpy vegetarian July 9, 2015 at 9:44 pm #

    Really, really gorgeous! Berry crumbles are my favorite way to dessert, and wins over pie any day of the week. I’d eat 2 too, Larry 🙂

    • Liz July 10, 2015 at 7:56 am #

      Thanks, Susan, I’m not a pie girl either…

  27. Lisa @ The California Table July 12, 2016 at 4:21 pm #

    Liz, I love this story! I’m not a pie girl either, although I do love pie pans. Go figure. I’ll have to add this one to our summer BBQ menu.

    • Liz July 12, 2016 at 6:01 pm #

      I can’t wait to try your artichoke dip – sounds pretty wonderful…

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