This warm Blackberry Crisp is the perfect simple summer dessert. It’s got a buttery oat topping and juicy blackberry filling that goes amazing with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream or dollop of whipped cream.
Best Blackberry Crisp Recipe
What better way to celebrate summer fruits than with easy and delicious berry crisps like this Blackberry Crisp recipe. It’s got a buttery crisp oat and brown sugar topping that pairs perfectly with the tart and sweet blackberry filling. The addition of fresh lemon juice keeps the berry filling balanced and not overly sweet.
I love to serve this recipe for Blackberry Crisp family-style either in a baking dish or large cast iron skillet. But if you want to make individual portions you can bake them in small ceramic or glass ramekins - just keep in mind they will take less time to bake.
Blackberry Crisp Ingredients
- Blackberries - frozen blackberries work great for this recipe since they will be cooked with their juices in the oven. Do not thaw them ahead of time. If you have a fresh blackberry surplus and want to use them instead you will need about 8 cups. Gently wash in cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
- Cornstarch - this helps to thicken the berry mixture and keep the crisp topping from getting too soggy. If you don’t have cornstarch you could use flour instead.
- Sugar - this recipe calls for regular granulated sugar for the fruit filling. You could substitute a little honey if you’d like.
- Lemon Juice - fresh lemon juice balances out the flavors, but it also helps to set the natural pectins in the blackberries which keeps the filling nice and thick.
- Butter - room temperature butter works great for making the crisp topping. If you use salted butter just reduce the additional salt slightly.
- Flour - all-purpose flour works great.
- Brown Sugar - I prefer light brown sugar for this recipe but you can use dark brown sugar if you prefer the flavor.
- Spices - I like to use a combination of cinnamon and nutmeg for this Blackberry Crisp recipe. You could substitute other baking spices such as cardamom or cloves.
- Salt - sea salt works great.
- Oats - be sure to use old-fashioned rolled oats or quick-cooking oats because they will give the crumb topping a slightly chewy texture. Avoid steel-cut oats!
How to Make This Recipe for Blackberry Crisp
- Make the blackberry mixture. In a large mixing bowl combine the blackberries, cornstarch, sugar, and lemon juice. Toss to evenly coat the blackberries. Transfer the blackberry mixture to a 9" x 9" baking dish, or a 10" cast iron skillet.
- Make the oat crumble topping. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the softened butter, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and oats. Mix on low speed until the mixture forms about ½" chunks.
- Add the crumb topping. Using your fingers, sprinkle the oat topping evenly over the blackberry mixture.
- Bake. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 35-45 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and the mixture is bubbly.
- Serve. Remove from the oven and serve warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream. Enjoy!
Tips for Making The Best Blackberry Crisp
By following these tips, you'll be able to create the best Blackberry Crisp that will impress your family and friends. Enjoy!
- Choose Fresh and Ripe Blackberries: To ensure a flavorful and juicy blackberry crisp, select fresh and ripe blackberries. Look for plump berries that are deep in color.
- Taste Before Sweetening: Blackberries can vary in sweetness, so taste a few before proceeding. If they are tart, consider adding a bit more sugar to the filling to balance the flavors.
- Don't Forget The Lemon Juice: Lemon really balances out and brightens the flavors of fruit so don't forget to add it. Just like with the sugar, you may want to add a bit more depending on how sweet the berries are so be sure to taste the filling and adjust accordingly.
- Add a Hint of Extra Flavor: Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg over the blackberry filling to add a subtle hint of warmth and depth to the dessert. This will complement the natural flavors of the berries.
- Allow Cooling Time: Once out of the oven, let the blackberry crisp cool for at least a few minutes before serving. This will allow the filling to set slightly and make it easier to cut and serve.
- Serve with Vanilla Ice Cream: For an extra indulgence, serve the blackberry crisp warm with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream. The coolness and creaminess of the ice cream will contrast with the warm crisp and create a delightful combination of flavors and textures.
- Store Properly: If there are any leftovers, store the blackberry crisp in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It can be reheated in the oven or enjoyed cold as a refreshing treat.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can store it at room temperature, but it's best to store in the fridge. This helps prevent the topping from getting soggy. You can store it at room temperature covered with aluminum foil for up to 3 days or in the fridge for up to 5 days.
The best way to keep your crumb topping from getting soggy is to add cornstarch to the blackberry mixture. This helps absorb some of the extra moisture, allowing the topping to stay nice and crisp.
While both cobblers and crisps involve baked fruit filling, the difference is in the topping. Crisps usually have an oat crumble topping while cobblers have a topping that more resembles sweet biscuits.
If you want to make your Blackberry Crisp without oats, you can try substituting an equal amount of almond flour.
Storing and Reheating
- Room Temperature: cover any leftover Blackberry Crisp with aluminum foil and store at room temperature for up to 3 days.
- Refrigerator: you can also cover and refrigerate your crisp for up to 5 days.
- To reheat: you can microwave a small portion or reheat in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes, or until warmed through.
- Freezing: if you want to freeze, I recommend freezing the oat topping and fruit mixture separately in airtight containers for up to 2 months. When you want to bake your crisp, pull from the freezer and transfer to a baking dish before baking as directed.
Blackberry Crisp Recipe
- 6 cups Frozen Blackberries or about 8 cups fresh blackberries
- 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
- ⅓ cup Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
Oat Crumble Topping
- 8 Tablespoons Butter room temperature
- ½ cup All-Purpose Flour
- ⅔ cup Light Brown Sugar packed
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
- ¼ tsp Nutmeg
- ½ tsp Salt
- ¾ cup Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
For the Blackberry Mixture
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the frozen blackberries and sprinkle the cornstarch and sugar over the top. Add the lemon juice and then toss to evenly coat the blackberries.
- Transfer the blackberry mixture to a 9" x 9" baking dish, or a 10" cast iron skillet.
For the Oat Topping
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the softened butter, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and oats. Mix on low speed until the mixture forms about ½" chunks.
- Using your fingers, sprinkle the oat topping evenly over the blackberry mixture.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 35-45 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the mixture is bubbly.
- Remove from the oven and serve warm with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream. Enjoy!
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This easy Blackberry Crisp recipe is the perfect summertime dessert. It's made with a crisp buttery oat topping and filled with juicy blackberries.