Strawberry, Raspberry Dessert Recipe

This is one of those simple, easy to prepare, yet delicious recipes. This crumble tastes the best when served warm. Of course a little scoop of ice cream is a great addition. Use your imagination with the berries. Add some blueberries if you have them. Change it up with strawberries and rhubarb as a combination. Just remember with the tartness of rhubarb, you might consider the addition of some extra sugar.  

 As with any crumble, the preparation is very simple. Combine flour, sugar, oats and spices in a bowl. Cut in the butter and optional walnuts or filberts.

 Combine the berries. Top with a big handful of crumble. Toss to coat the fruit. This allows the spice blend and sugar to flavor the fruit and the flour and oats to necessarily thicken the juice from the fruits while baking.

Pile the rest of the crumble on top. Bake until  golden. Simple and wonderful. Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Look for the detailed recipe after the jump... 
This great little dessert keeps fresh covered in the refrigerator. Just give it a few seconds in the microwave before serving for best results. Here's the necessary details...Photos  and  Recipe  Inspired  by   Joy the Baker.

Use an 8x8 pan. Lightly grease.


1 quart strawberries, cleaned and quartered (the recipe asks for a pound of strawberries, however that is 2/3 of a quart.You can weigh them on a kitchen scale or just buy the quart and eat a few while preparing!!)
2 cups raspberries(you can use frozen berries, just make sure that they are thawed and drained)
You can vary the berry /fruit combinations just keep close to the amount specified. Its about 4 cups in total. A little more fruit won't hinder the recipe.  

For the crumble,
1 cup of all purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup oat meal, large flake preferred
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger
1/2 cup butter(1 stick)chilled and cut into small cubes
1/2 cup coarsely chopped nuts, filberts(hazelnuts) or walnuts...optional
Place the rack in the center of oven. Preheat to 350 degrees. Lightly grease the 8x8 pan. In a medium bowl toss together the flour, sugar, oats and spices. Break the butter up into the flour mixture until the butter is the size of small pebbles with the oat flakes. Use a pastry blender, or two knives for this. I always seem to have to use my fingers to blend this as well. Add the nuts if you are using them. Toss a generous handful (about 1 cup)of the oat mixture into your prepared berries, stir gently to coat. Place into the baking pan. Spread evenly and top with the remaining crumble mixture. Bake until the fruit is juicy and bubbling. the top of the crumble should be browned and crisp, about 30 minutes. Let it cool slightly. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy this delicious, homespun dessert. Don't forget to take some to work. It will taste great on your coffee break!

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