Blackberry Praline Crumble filled with fresh blackberries and topped with a homemade praline topping. Just one simple step makes this dessert something special.
I found wonderfully sweet blackberries at the farmers market again this weekend and had the perfect excuse to make a Blackberry Praline Crumble. We had a friend from California visiting and I wanted to make a traditional Southern dessert. While we can’t claim cobblers, crisps and crumbles to be completely Southern, they’re pretty popular in this area of the country.
However, if you add pralines to the topping, then I can officially call this Southern. It doesn’t actually have pralines on top because pralines are made with milk and butter along with sugar and pecans for a creamy amazing treat. However, it’s praline-like in that you slowly cook sugar until it’s golden brown and then mix in pecans.
While simple blackberries are the star of this dessert, the topping is just a bit different from a classic crumble. A crumble is a fruit based dessert topped with a streusel like topping and baked. Add oats to the topping and you have a crisp, change it out for biscuits and you have cobbler.
When you add this praline mixture to the topping you get a sweet crunchy layer. I thought I would try to catch some pictures with my phone of the praline mixture but I swear it was just the perfect color and then 10 seconds later I had burned it. So watch it very carefully and I’ll try to get more photos when I have someone around.
How do you make the praline topping
Step 1: Add sugar and water to a saucepan and cook initially over low heat, then turn the heat up and bring to a boil, swirling until it begins to turn golden brown. Immediately remove from heat, add pecans and pour it onto parchment paper. Freeze for 10 minutes.
Step 2: Remove from the freezer and place in a resealable bag and pound into small pieces but not powder.
It took an additional 10 minutes making the pralines, but worth it if you want something a little special. You can still have a wonderful homemade blackberry crisp and just leave out the praline mixture.
What you’ll need
Crumbles are simple and easy even if you’ve never baked from scratch.
- Just the basics: flour, sugar, vanilla and butter
- Blackberries and pecans
How do you make a blackberry crumble
Step 1: Cook the blackberries in a saucepan with a little sugar and vanilla to soften them. Add to a baking dish.
Step 2: Add cold butter to flour and pinch the butter until it’s about pea size.
Step 3: Add a little sugar and half of the praline mixture.
Step 4: Place over the top of the blackberries and then sprinkle a little of the praline mixture on top.
Step 5: Bake for about 24 minutes and when the fruit is bubbly and the topping is golden brown remove and allow to cool slightly.
Great alone or with ice cream or whipped cream on the side. I think vanilla ice cream makes all cobblers, crisps or crumbles just a little better.
FAQs and other recipe tips
Frozen berries are softer than fresh so if using frozen, you won’t need to cook the blackberries.
When you cook the berries, depending on how juicy they are, you might have a lot of juice in the pan. You can include it in the crumble but I generally leave about half of it in the pan so that the crisp is a little more formed. If you don’t mind eating it out of a bowl, include all the juices.
Try a more traditional topping like what I use for peach crumble or go with a biscuit like cobbler topping like with strawberry cobbler or a classic mixed berry crisp topping. That’s the nice thing about fruit desserts, you can mix and match toppings and add whatever fruit you have available.
After a day or two the topping will get soggy from the fruit. It’s best eaten the same day but can be reheated the following day. This particular topping stays crisp longer than most.
With the added sweetness from the pralines this topping is perfect for less than perfect berries.
You can assemble this earlier in the day and bake it when you sit down for dinner. It will be piping hot once dinner is over with.
With a scoop of ice cream, we were all thankful for the great summer we’re having that is producing such fabulous fruit. Keep this blackberry crumble recipe in mind when you’re having friends or family over.
More blackberry recipes you’ll love
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Adapted from What Katie Ate
Blackberry Praline Crumble
- 1 ½ lbs blackberries
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup toasted pecans chopped
- ¾ cup sugar divided
- ¾ cup flour
- ½ cup butter chilled and cubed
- CRUMBLE: Place a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
- Place ½ cup sugar and 2 tablespoons water in a small saucepan and cook over low-medium heat until the sugar starts to dissolve, then turn up the heat and bring to a boil, swirling not stirring until the mixture starts to turn a LIGHT golden brown. Watch very carefully and don’t let it burn. Remove from heat and immediately add pecans swirl to coat and pour onto the prepared parchment. Spread out evenly. Place in freezer and chill for 10 minutes.
- Remove from freezer and place in a resealable bag and pound with a rolling pin or other hard implement until you have medium to small pieces with no big chunks.
- Place flour in a bowl and add butter mixing with a pastry cutter or fingers until it resembles peas. Add ¼ cup sugar and half of the praline mixture and combine.
- BERRIES: Preheat oven to 425º.
- Place the berries in a medium saucepan along with a ¼ cup sugar. Simmer gently for about 10 minutes until the berries start to soften. Add vanilla and stir gently to combine. Pour into a baking dish.
- Scatter crumble topping over the berries. Sprinkle another tablespoon or two of praline mixture over the top and bake for 25-30 minutes until bubbling and golden brown. Remove from oven and top with remaining praline.
Barbara’s Tips + Notes
- If using frozen berries, you don’t need to cook them first.
- You can leave out the pralines and make a more traditional crisp.
- You can assemble this earlier in the day and refrigerate before baking.
- If the berries are very juicy, don’t add all the liquid to your baking dish.
- You can change out the topping for a crisp or cobbler topping.