Basil-Blackberry Crumble

blackberriesYield: 4-6 servings

I first posted this recipe in 2010 and it remains a favorite. Bursting with summer, this recipe offers a delightful combination of berries, apples, basil, and balsamic vinegar. The basil and vinegar are unexpected in a fruit crumble – and so delicious. Enjoy it with whipped cream, ice cream, or straight up!


  • 2-3 (Golden Delicious) apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 2 pints blackberries
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 large handful fresh basil, chopped
  • ~ 1/4 cup honey (or agave syrup), depending on the sweetness of your berries
  • 5 tablespoons flour
  • 3 heaping tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine the apples, blackberries, balsamic vinegar, basil, and honey. Put the mixture into an oven-proof casserole dish and set aside.
  2. For the crumble topping, put the flour, sugar, and butter in a small mixing bowl. Use your fingers to combine it all into a chunky, crumbly mixture.  Sprinkle the crumble topping on top of the fruit and bake for about 30 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

Source: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barara Kingsolver

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6 Responses to Basil-Blackberry Crumble

  1. Denis D. July 20, 2010 at 12:48 am #

    This sounds delicious…and simple enough even I could attempt it!

  2. Jenn Boyd August 19, 2010 at 9:15 am #

    Wow this was an amazing hit in Cameron MT during our family-friends Big Sky Country vacation! Loved it!!! Easy and totally delish! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

    • chezdesblog August 19, 2010 at 10:19 am #

      So glad you liked it, Jenn! Thanks for letting me know!

  3. sushideb July 16, 2012 at 11:56 pm #

    Yum! 3 10 year old girls and I made this tonight. They picked some of the blackberries from the garden and the basil. We served it with ice cream and it was super yum!

    • chezdesblog July 17, 2012 at 11:56 am #

      I know two of those 10 year olds have wicked baking (and gardening?) skills! super yum indeed 😉

  4. Maury Treleven June 15, 2013 at 7:58 am #

    This is perfect! My friend just brought me a big bunch of basil from her garden yesterday and I have been worrying what to bring for dessert to a Father’s Day dinner tomorrow. Now I am inspired! Not to mention that this recipe is from one of my all-time favorite books.

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