As the fall season ends and winter begins, I have been looking back thru some of my food pictures and realized that I have been celebrating berry “season” since about April of this year. Starting with strawberries in the early spring all the way to down to the elderberries of fall seasonal berries and fruit become a big part of my diet!From tucking them into a glass of tea with some fresh mint from my garden…
…to putting them with some other fruit in a salad. This one features honey goat cheese with a drizzle of more honey for that tart-sweet taste! Strawberries start the season out strong in about April here. We have a few “pick your own” strawberry fields in our area. And plenty of vendors at our farmer’s markets that have them too, so they are plentiful.
When they are SO plentiful I make sure to put plenty of them in the freezer! A strawberry crisp on a cold winter day can’t be beaten!!
Then before you know it, here come the blueberries! Fresh plump and sweet ones are sooooo good! I stuff them in almost everything…..blueberry-studded chicken salad with crunchy celery beside it is mouth-watering stuff or into a hot bowl of oatmeal. Again I make sure to pack plenty of them in the freezer so that I can enjoy them all year around. I love to make a blueberry-banana milkshake with frozen berries and bananas and almond milk! My featured picture above is a tiny Blueberry Crumble….I made them in 6-inch iron skillets as individual desserts. They are so cute!! (recipe below)
Last but not least is the BLACKBERRY!
Here in the South, they grow wild. There are tame ones but most have seeds that I just don’t care for, so I would just as soon go blackberry picking in the wild. Of course, a really terrible batch of CHIGGERS will make you appreciate tame ones! (Google chigger if you don’t know what it is….and I dare you not to scratch!)
Added to a salad they are a burst of summer flavor in one bite. I love a fresh one smashed on a Triscuit with a smash of honey goat cheese…… awesomeness in one bite!! Throw a bag of them in the freezer and enjoy Blackberry Syrup on waffles in the dead of winter!! I mix 1 part blackberries to 2 parts maple syrup and add 1/2 part water and then cook the water out of it……nice and thick juice………take it off the heat for about 10 minutes and whoohoo….syrup!!
Back to Blueberry Crumble…. I will give you a double serving size and you can multiply it if you need too. An iron pan isn’t necessary for this recipe, any single serve casserole dish would work.
BLUEBERRY CRUMBLE FOR 2
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2 cups of fresh or frozen blueberries
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 1/2 Tablespoons raw sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
and place in a sprayed small skillet or casserole dish.
1/2 cup of oatmeal
2 teaspoons raw sugar
4 teaspoons soft butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Sprinkle this mixture over the berry mix and bake for 20 minutes or until the oatmeal starts to brown a bit and the berries are all bubbly.
I count this as a 1 treat swap yellow for 1/2 the skillet!
Any berry would work blackberries or strawberries, even raspberries!