Crisp, Cobbler, Buckle, Crumble, Grunt – Oh, My!

BLUEBERRIES!Blueberry bushdievca was on a quest, a quest to recreate Master’s Childhood Memories. she wanted to create a baked good that used a large box of fresh organic blueberries.

Now, there are many different blueberry baked goods out there and all the following desserts have common elements: nearly every one involves fruit, butter, sugar and flour in one way or another. But, let dievca share her food research with you…



A crumble is probably what you think of when you hear any of the names of the other desserts in this list. A crumble is a baked dish of fresh fruit (apples, berries, plums, etc.) that is topped with an oat-based streusel.


blueberry-crisp-ck-xA crisp is exactly like a crumble, except there are no oats in the streusel. That makes the crisp topping more like sweet, buttery, crumbled pie crust.


blueberry cobbler_055A true cobbler is topped with individually dropped biscuits, not a pie crust. When the dish bakes and the biscuits puff up, they look like a cobblestone street.


Blue Berry BuckleA buckle layers a more traditional, cakey batter underneath the fruit. As the dessert cooks, the cake rises around the fruit, which tries its best to sink to the bottom, making the whole thing buckle inwards. But more often, people mix the fruit with the batter and the buckle looks like a coffee cake (above).


blueberry grunt

A grunt and a slump are exactly the same thing. Grunts and slumps are cobblers, only instead of being baked in the oven, they are cooked covered, entirely on the stove-top. This steams the biscuits on top of the fruit, rather than bakes them. This dish earned the name “grunt” because that’s the noise that the hot, bubbly fruit makes as it “grunts” up around the biscuit dough and “slump,” because that is what it does when you try to put it on a plate.


blueberry betty

A Brown Betty uses the same kinds of crumbs as a crisp (sweet, buttery, no oats), but there is a layer under the fruit as well as on top of the fruit.

A “Thank You” to the Huffington Post Article about Blueberry Baked Goods

11 Comments on “Crisp, Cobbler, Buckle, Crumble, Grunt – Oh, My!”

  1. Pelelotus says:

    Crumble looks super yummy x

    • dievca says:

      I think they would all be pretty good — just trying to recreate a memory, so I researched to get it right (I made one item two years ago which was good but the wrong one…Recipe of the correct one coming up. It was excellent.)

  2. I just finished breakfast but this made me hungry all over again.

  3. esther says:

    love all of them! yum 🙂 lucky Master.

  4. Help! Stop… I was sold at crumble xxx

  5. […] Master’s Mother used to make a blueberry treat when he lived in the Midwest as a child.  Master and dievca talked about those memories and dievca wasn’t sure what type of treat it was (see Sunday’s post:Crisp, Cobbler, Buckle, Crumble, Grunt – Oh, My!). […]


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