Monday, March 10, 2014

Irish Blackberry Crumble Cake

When I was a child and we would visit my Irish Grandparents we could always plan on a great meal and entertainment after the meal. My Grandpa played a fiddle, a couple of my Aunts played guitar and my Dad played piano and the rest of us sang, all the old Irish tunes that had been passed down through the generations. One of the activities that all the Grandchildren enjoyed in the summer was picking blackberries.There were hedge rows of blackberries that were heavy with the most beautiful berries. We would pick the berries and my Grandmother would make this cake and tell us stories about how the very same blackberry bushes could be found in Ireland. She would tell us about picking blackberries on her parents farm in late august and the row after row of beautiful blackberries. Now when my Grandchildren come to my garden and we pick the blackberries together I tell them the story of Ireland and the beautiful blackberries, then we take the berries in and prepare the Irish Blackberry Crumble Cake.

Irish Blackberry Crumble Cake

Irish Blackberry Crumble Cake
Miz Helen's Kitchen
1 cup blackberries
1/2 cup brown sugar
1-1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup cooking oats
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup of milk
1/4 cup butter, cut into small pieces
Mix 1/2 cup of sugar with the cinnamon and nutmeg, mix well
Toss the berries in the dry mix and set aside for 20 minutes
Mix the brown sugar and oats together and set aside
Mix 1 cup sugar with the flour,salt and baking powder together
Add the milk to the flour and sugar mix and stir until blended well
Butter a 9X11 baking dish and pour the milk and flour mix into the dish
Place the sugared and seasoned blackberries on top of the batter
Top the berries with the oat and brown sugar mixture
Top the oat and brown sugar mixture with the butter pieces
Bake at 350 degrees 30 to 45 minutes until golden brown on top and the berries are bubbling up
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Our Blackberry Bushes begin to bloom in the spring and by mid summer we are picking berries.

The Berries Are Delicious

We enjoy the fresh berries to cook with and to preserve.  We make jams and jellies and freeze some of the berries for winter pies, cobblers and cakes.  The recipe we are making today is made with the berries from last years harvest, that were brought from the garden to the freezer and now to the cake.

 Season The Berries and Let Them Set

Place The Berries On Top of The Batter

Place The Topping and Butter on Top of The Batter

Bake The Cake

Enjoy With A Glass of Milk

A Great Dessert!

I am so happy to share some wonderful memories and a great Irish Blackberry Crumble Cake with all of you today. Hope you have a fantastic week and thanks so much for stopping by today, come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen

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  1. Nothing says summer like blackberries, I wish I had a piece for breakfast!

  2. Oh Miz Helen, I know I've said this before, but I wish we were neighbors!!! Oh my, how I would love a piece of your blackberry crumble. I guess I'll have to make some for myself!! xo

  3. It looks sooooooooooo tempting!
    It's kind of hard (almost impossible) to get blackberry here, but I'd sure love to eat a big slice of this cake

  4. This would make your folks proud!! Another reason for why folks say the Irish are lucky!

  5. What a wonderful story and heritage! Growing up we had wild blackberry bushes that I just loved to go and pick the berries off of each year.

  6. Hi thanks so much for sharing the wonderful recipes! I look forward to trying some of them!
    Julie at Julie's Lifestyle

  7. Oh, my! This made me hungry this morning. I just adore blackberries. Thanks for stopping by and linking up this week for the Friday Frenzy.

  8. Visiting from Friday Frenzy. It looks delish!

  9. I love blackberries and this dessert looks awesome. Now I need to buy some blackberries

  10. That looks so good. Do you think I can substitute the blackberries for strawberries? We are still in strawberry season here in Florida!

    1. I do think you could substitute strawberries for the blackberries, however you would need to adjust the recipe. For the strawberries, I would leave out the nutmeg and depending on the sweetness of the strawberry, I would add more white sugar to the berry mix. I would not cook it over 30 minutes because the Strawberries won't hold up under the heat the way the blackberries will. If you try it this way be sure and let us know, so we can try it too.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you have a great weekend!
      Miz Helen

  11. Thanks for sharing your story along with the recipe! I never knew that blackberries were Irish too!

  12. Thank you for coming by and linking this week, Miz Helen. Your crumble, your pictures, and your story have me longing for summer and ripe blackberries. Hope you have a great week!

  13. Miz Helen, you just taught this old teacher something new! I never knew that blackberries were so prevalent in Ireland! They must taste amazing when freshly picked in Ireland! May you have a most wonderful St. Patrick's Day and enjoy your Irish heritage!

  14. Never made a cake with blackberries before. Will have to put this on my recipe list to try it. Thanks for posting.

  15. I love your childhood story.. so great to have a connection to the past through food. Wonderful cake. Thanks for bringing it to foodie friday.

  16. This looks delicious! What wonderful memories you have from your grandparents that you can now share with your grandchildren:) I thinks that's so special! I can't wait to try this, crumbles are my favorite type of dessert.

  17. Yummy! Would love it if you would share this at my Tasty Tuesday linky party:

  18. What lovely St Patrick's Day memories, Miz Helen! And I just love your Blackberry Crumble Cake - what a wonderful treat. I will definitely give it a try - my husband adores blackberries. Thank you for sharing memories and great recipes with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

  19. This cake looks magnificent Miz Helen! The kids just love blackberries and I prefer them in baked goods, so this would be perfect. Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  20. I love blackberries and this would be a nice way to prepare an abundance of them! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  21. I love blackberries and this would be a nice way to prepare an abundance of them! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  22. I love this recipe and enjoyed your story of picking blackberries and your family history. This is the first time I have visited your blog. I will sure to come back. Thanks Miz Helen.

  23. This cake looks wonderful, and with the last of the end of season berries still around in the markets, I think this might be a treat we could enjoy this weekend.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe and your stories :-)

  24. Miz Helen this seriously sounds incredible and perfect for the spring/summer with fresh blackberries! Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party. Hope you link up to the party again tomorrow!

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

  25. Just wanted to let you know this is one of the feature recipes on #fridayfrenzy. Thank you for linking up last week.

  26. Miz Helen, part of my husband's family is Irish and I am going to surprise them with this. I know they'll love it! :-) Thanks for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday." Look forward to seeing what you'll share this.

  27. Wow this sounds wonderful. I am a blackberry fanatic but I usually make pies with them. Definitely pinning this recipe to try out during the summer. I always pick wild blackberries at the farm and the bushes are full of stickers.. By the time I am done it looks like I've been in a battle but it is worth it! On the good years there are enough to freeze.


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