This may be slightly premature, but we are having a very rainy Friday out here in the New York metro area and thinking about Summer berries cheers me up! I didn’t think I would be able to get a recipe out today, but here it is!
The great thing about this recipe is that it is simple and you can get creative with your ingredients! It is a colorful and delicious part of our summer and I can’t attend certain family parties unless I show up with this dessert.
2 sticks butter – softened
2 cups quick cooking oats
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
4 cups (approximately) of various berries – washed and cut as needed. (depending on what is in season and available locally, my favorites are blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and sometimes I throw in a pear or two)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 9 x 13 baking pan. Mix butter, oats, sugar, and flour together. I usually get in there with my hands. Line the bottom of the pan generously with about half of the mixture. Pour the fruit on top of the crumble lining and spread evenly, leaving enough room to put the rest of the crumble on top. Bake for about 45 minutes, until top is golden brown and fruit is bubbling.
Great served with organic ice cream!
The image used here is the real thing – photographed by the wonderful and talented DarylAnn Filandro for our Relevant Times July/Aug 07 issue staff picnic piece (Yum. We had a great time with this one!). You’ll see more of these recipes and images in the next few weeks!