Memories for Master: dievca bakes

Blueberry-Crumble-Recipe-7-600x400Master’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!).

After a false start with a Blueberry Buckle, two years ago, dievca sent Master photos of the different desserts and he recognized the Blueberry Crumble.  dievca has never make a crumble, but she liked the look of it because it was less “cakey” and heavier on the fruit.  she found this recipe on the internet from Natasha’s Kitchen and was seduced by the words “(extra blueberries)” in the title.

The recipe worked well and dievca feels confident in sharing her find with you. Enjoy!

Blueberry Crumble Recipe
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 40 mins
Total time: 55 mins

Author: Natasha of http://www.NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost To Make: Varies by season $10-$15
Serving: 6-8

Ingredients for the Filling:

  • 2 to 2¼ pounds (about 36 oz) fresh blueberries, rinsed & well-drained
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tsp lemon zest (zest of 1 lemon)
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Ingredients for the Crumble Topping:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ⅛ tsp (generous pinch) of salt
  • 8 Tbsp (1 stick) cold, unsalted butter, diced
  • ½ cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup sliced almonds, divided

To Serve:

  • Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, optional

Instructions:

  1. Toss blueberries with 2 Tbsp lemon juice and 1 tsp lemon zest and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together ¼ cup sugar, 3 Tbsp flour and ½ tsp ground cinnamon and toss with the blueberries just until evenly coated. Pour into a 9 x 13– inch baking dish.
  3. In a food processor fitted with a steel blade, combine 1 cup flour, ¼ cup granulated sugar, ⅓ cup brown sugar, and ⅛ tsp of salt. Pulse several times to combine. Add the diced cold butter and pulse until the butter is the size of peas.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, add ½ cup oatmeal and use your hands to make large crumbles. Add ½ cup of the sliced almonds and mix to combine.
  5. Spread the topping over the fruit and cover evenly, then sprinkle ½ cup of almonds over the top. Bake 40 minutes at 350˚F. The blueberries should be bubbling at the edges and the topping and almonds should be golden brown. Here’s the hard part: let the crumble sit for at least 15 minutes before serving (it will thicken slightly as it cools). This will stay warm for a couple hours. It reheats beautifully the next day.

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…

CRUMBLE:

Blueberry-Crumble-Recipe-7-600x400

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.

CRISP:

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.

COBBLER:

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.

BUCKLE:

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).

GRUNT / SLUMP:

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.

BROWN BETTY:

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