~ Beatrix Potter
Oh boy, our blackberries are beginning to ripen. We love blackberry crumble around here. A simple dessert or afternoon treat ~ delicious with vanilla icecream! We usually have enough berries for a crumble or two then I freeze the rest. I like to save them for crumbles come Thanksgiving time. I should have enough in the next day or so to make one. Nothing like a cup of tea with crumble!
3 cups berries
2~3 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch
Combine and bake for about 20 minutes
Combine 1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp of butter
Remove fruit from oven. Sprinkle crumb mixture on top. Bake 15 or so minutes.
My family especially loves the "crumble" part so I tend to double the amount. I've made this using peaches, blueberries and of course blackberries, and sometimes I combine whatever fruit I have on hand.
In other cottage news, I'm learning to play the Strumstick ~ cutest little thing to strum and easy for a beginner like me. I've always loved the sound of guitar (my Mom used to sing to us on hers) and I've long wanted to learn to play an instrument. So far I only know how to strum, but I'm keeping at it. I really want to learn to play an old favorite ~ "Down in the Valley."