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Recipe For Individual Summer Berry Crumbles

Berry Baking Bonanza! Summer Berry Crumbles

We're not the only berry-obsessed ones. Here, OnSugar blog Fresh Tart uses the berry best of Summer's bounty to bake a crumble that's bursting at the seams with flavor.

Every time I go to the farmer's market, I come home with more berries — yesterday I found strawberries still poking around, and raspberries and blueberries out in force.

Man do I love this time of year!

To see how she makes the most of the season's fruit, read on.

If you, like I, get a little carried away and buy far more berries than your family can eat in a day or two, then this crumble is for you.

And if you, like I, get a little carried away and buy peaches, cherries, rhubarb, apricots, and plums too, then this crumble is definitely for you.

For that's the wonderful thing about crumbles — you can layer any ripe summer fruit under a crisp lid of streusel and it will be unforgettably delicious.  Tart and sweet, soft and crunchy, lightly buttery with a hint of cinnamon.  For about 15 minutes of effort.  How great is that?

Man do I love this time of year!

Note: Blueberries are particularly perfect right now, so after you make this crumble, grab a few pints of the blues and make my friend Susie's blueberry kuchen.  I did just that last weekend, and entered a couple of pans in the Kingfield Market's Berry Bake-Off for fun...and won the Critics' Choice Award!  Just like this crumble recipe, blueberry kuchen is so easy to pull together and keeps the spotlight on the berries.  I posted the recipe last week at Dara & Co./Minnesota Monthly Magazine's blog, check it out.  And get berry baking!

Summer Berry Crumbles
Adapted from www.foodnetwork.com
Serves 6

I like the berries a little tart, a nice contrast with the sweet streusel topping and ice cream.  If you add rhubarb, however, you'll likely need to add more sugar.  I bake these in 4 oz. ramekins to keep the serving size in check, but you could bake this in one large quiche/tart pan as well (add 5-10 minutes to overall baking time).

1/3 c. all-purpose flour
1/3 c. light brown sugar
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
pinch salt
1/3 c. oats
4 Tbsp. cold butter, cut into small pieces
3 c. mixed berries (can include diced peaches, apricots, plums, rhubarb, cherries...)
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/3 c. sugar

Preheat oven to 350F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Set 6 4-oz. ramekins on the baking sheet.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, 2 Tbsp. sugar, cinnamon, salt, and oats.  Use your fingers to work butter into dry ingredients.  Chill.

In a medium bowl, combine fruit, cornstarch, and 1/3 c. sugar; toss to coat.  Evenly divide the fruit mixture between the 6 ramekins.  Top with the crumble topping.  Bake until tops are golden and fruit is bubbly (it will bubble out of the ramekins), about 35 minutes.  Cool for 20 minutes.

Serve warm with ice cream.

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