Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Irish Blackberry Crumble Cake

We all know that Peter Rabbit had to miss out on supper because of his escapades while Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail  enjoyed a meal of bread, milk and blackberries.

So I saved a blackberry treat just in case Peter Rabbit feels better soon. 
Did you know that Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail were all girls? 
Irish Blackberry Crumble Cake
Cook’s notes: Recipe adapted from

  • 1-1/4 cups white sugar, divided
  • 1 cup blackberries (pint container) 
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2-1/2 tsp. Saigon cinnamon, divided
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup cooking oats
  • 3 TB. cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  • Mix 1/4 cup of sugar with 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, mix well and set aside. 
  • Toss the berries in the cinnamon sugar mixture and set aside for 20 minutes.
  • Mix the brown sugar, remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, small butter pieces and oats together and set aside.
  • Mix remaining 1 cup sugar with the flour, salt and baking powder together.
  • Add the milk and almond extract to the flour mixture and stir until blended.
  • Grease an 8 x 8 pan baking dish or quiche dish; pour the milk/flour mixture into the dish. The batter will be thin spread evenly. 
  • Place the cinnamon sugared blackberries on top of the batter, evenly distributing the blackberries. 
  • Top the berries with the oat,butter and brown sugar mixture.
  • Bake at 350 degrees 30 minutes or until golden brown on top and the berries are bubbling up.
  • Serve warm and splurge with a scoop of ice cream.
A friend sent me this NYTimes link to Nancy Willard 's obit.

Her fiction and poems — including the first volume of poetry that won a Newbery Medal — charmed audiences with their mix of fanciful illusion and stark reality.
"William Blakes' Inn" is one of my favorite children's book. I even posted about the book and turned out to be one of my most popular pinned postings. Seems Willard 's book does indeed have a huge fan base.