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Cast Iron Skillet Blackberry Crumble is bursting with the bubbly deliciousness of perfectly ripe blackberries and lemon zest, all topped with a buttery, crisp crumble. Less then 10 minutes of preparation never tasted so good!
There is almost no better (or easier!) way to turn one of your favorite summer fruits into a stunning dessert then this simplicity-at-it’s-best Blackberry Crumble. And when you combine berries with lemon? It’s a symphony on your palate!
The cast iron skillet keeps your crumble warm and crisp until you are ready to serve it up with a big ol’ dollop of fresh whipped cream or vanilla bean ice cream. I love the addition of the juice and zest of a lemon for another layer of flavor and brightness. Berries and lemon are just a match made in heaven. And I can’t emphasize how incredibly easy it is!
How to make Cast Iron Skillet Blackberry Crumble
In a mixing bowl, stir together the berries with the juice and zest of a lemon, sugar, vanilla, and a pinch of salt.
For the crumble, cut a stick of room temperature butter into flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and lemon zest until the mixture looks like course crumbs. You can use a pastry cutter, or the tines of a sturdy fork for this step.
Add the berries to the bottom of a standard 9″ cast iron skillet and them sprinkle them with the crumble mixture
Bake the crumble for about 30 minutes until the berries are bubbling around the edges and the crumble turns golden.
Cool slightly and serve spoonfuls of your warm Cast Iron Skillet Blackberry Crumble with vanilla bean ice cream or fresh whipped cream.
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My cast iron skillet and Microplane grater are two of my FAVORITE kitchen tools.
If you are not familiar with the many benefits of cast iron cooking including the amazing sear and crisp that can be achieved, America’s Test Kitchen has several resource articles that discuss benefits, cleaning, and everything else associated with cast iron. I adore my cast iron pieces and use them frequently.
Can I still make this without a cast iron skillet?
Yes. A 9×9 baking dish will work as well.
Can I use frozen blackberries?
Yes. Frozen blackberries can be substituted for fresh berries with no recipe changes.
Can I use a mixture of berries for this recipe?
Yes. Any combination of blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries have worked well in my expierienace. I ususally choose my berry based on what is in season and can be found easily.
Make sure to try Grilled Triple Berry Crisp in a Cast Iron Skillet for another easy dessert that is made on the barbecue grill!
If you are a berry lover, check out some of my other favorites like Blueberry Lemon Sour Cream Pound Cake, Blueberry Sour Cream Muffins with Streusel Topping, and Fresh Cranberry Orange Scones.
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Cast Iron Skillet Blackberry Crumble
Cast Iron Skillet Blackberry Crumble is bursting with the bubbly deliciousness of perfectly ripe blackberries and lemon zest, all topped with a buttery crisp crumble. Less then 10 minutes of preparation never tasted so good!
- 24 ounces blackberries – fresh
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice – fresh squeezed
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup butter – room temperature
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a mixing bowl, stir together the blackberries, lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, vanilla, and salt.
Pour the berry mixture into the bottom of a 9" cast iron skillet.
Stir together the flour, sugar, salt, lemon zest, and cinnamon in a mixing bowl.
Cut the room temp butter into the dry ingredients using a pastry cutter or fork until the mixture resembles course crumbs.
Sprinkle evenly over the berries in the cast iron skillet.
Bake for 30-35 minutes until the blackberries are bubbling around the edges and the crumble has turned golden.
A 10″ cast iron skillet will work as well but may require less cooking time.
Frozen blackberries may be substituted for fresh. Add 5-10 minutes if the berries are still frozen when placed in the oven. If the berries are thawed, the cook time should remain the same.
A 9×9 square pyrex baking pan or a deep dish pie plate may be substituted for the cast iron skillet.