Blackberry-Apple Cornmeal Crumble

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Have you ever had a crumble? If not, prepare to be blown away. Crumbles are similar to fruit crisps; they’re filled with delicious, hot fruit filling and topped with a crunchy topping. These crumbles have the tart/sweet fruit combo of blackberries and apples, and they’re topped with a crisp, sweet, cornmeal and almond crumble topping. Please don’t be scared off by the cornmeal in the topping; it isn’t going to taste like there’s cornbread on top of your fruit. I use fine-ground cornmeal, so it just gives the topping a little extra oomph without making it gritty. Plus, all deliciousness aside, how pretty is that fuchsia fruit filling!



1/2 c. fine-ground yellow cornmeal

1/2 c. whole-wheat flour

1/4 c. all-purpose flour

1/2 c. packed brown sugar

1/4 c. finely chopped almonds

6 T. butter, cold


4 c. blackberries

2 c. diced apple (peeled and cored)

1/3 – 1/2 c. granulated sugar, depending desired level of sweetness and sweetness of fruit

2 T. all-purpose flour

2 tsp. fresh lemon juice

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg



  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Grease 10 ramekins and set slightly apart on a rimmed baking sheet (my baking sheet is pretty rough; it gets a lot of use).
  2. To make the topping, whisk cornmeal, flours, brown sugar, and almonds in a medium bowl.
  3. Cut in the butter to form a coarse pebbly mixture.
  4. To make the filling, fold blackberries, apples, granulated sugar, flour, lemon juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl.
  5. Divide the filling evenly between the ramekins.
  6. Top fruit with 1/4 packed cup of topping. Gently break topping apart to cover fruit. The ramekins will almost be overflowing. Blackberry apple cornmeal crumble4 Follow Me on Pinterest
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until topping is lightly browned and fruit is hot and bubbly. Blackberry apple cornmeal crumble3 Follow Me on Pinterest
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  1. daisy says

    I think I could use mulberries in this instead of blackberries–tis the season for fresh mulberries if you can get them, and they’d be a great partner to apples in this lovely crumble! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • kateheartseating says

      I don’t think I’ve ever had a mulberry, but I think any berry would work! Thanks for coming by to check it out! =)

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