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!!!

  3. chezdesblog August 19, 2010 at 10:19 am #

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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 😉

  6. 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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