I’m very sad to say that summer is almost over. My kids go back to school tomorrow and a new year of responsibilities, schedules, and homework begin. So this is my homage to summer and the wonderful berries that we’ve enjoyed for the last 3 months.
This berry crumb cake is the epitome of the balance of flavors. The cake is moist and tangy from the berries, then crunchy and sweet from the pecan crumb topping. Make this for an easy evening at home or fancy it up with homemade whipped cream and fresh fruit on the side.
Put all the crumb topping ingredients into a food processor and pulse until………..
you get this. Pour it out and set it aside.
Add the cake’s dry ingredients to the same food processor and blend until crumbly.
In a bowl, mix all the wet ingredients together well and then pour in the dry ingredients from the food processor.
Mix it all together with a spatula until well incorporated. It’s okay if it’s a bit lumpy. The lumps are the magnificent specks of butter reminding you of how buttery good this cake will taste!!!
Pour out into a greased 8×8 pan.
Spoon the berries over the top and be sure to press them into the cake dough.
Sprinkle the crumb topping all over, covering every square inch.
See….this is what I mean by pressing the berries in well.
Here’s the lovely warm cake just out of the oven. I could take a spoon and dig right into this, but that wouldn’t have looked very nice for my quests, huh?! But………….I wish I could have!
Run a knife all around the gooey berry edges to release the cake from the pan, making sure you lick the knife when you’re done. Not the sharp end of course, that would be silly, and irresponsible.
Enjoy my homage to summer and the berries that its warm weather brings us.
Care to share some of your end-of-the-summer recipes? I’d love to know!
Triple Berry Crumb Cake
Adapted from Real Simple
FOR THE CRUMB TOPPING:
1/2 cup pecans
1/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 cup all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
FOR THE CAKE:
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for the pan
2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 pound frozen blackberries, blueberries, raspberries thawed (about 3 1/2 cups)
Heat oven to 350º F.
Make the crumb topping: In a food processor, pulse the pecans, brown sugar, flour, and butter until crumbly; transfer to a bowl and set aside. Wipe out the food processor.
Make the cake: Butter an 8-inch square baking pan. In the food processor, pulse the butter, flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon until crumbly. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and vanilla. Add the flour mixture and mix just until combined.
Transfer the cake batter to the prepared pan. Sprinkle with the blackberries and crumb topping.
Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan before serving.