Berry Picking and Skillet Crisp

It is hard to believe, but blackberry season is in full swing here in the Pacific Northwest! We took full advantage of the berries growing right outside our door, (yes, literally!) and picked a basket full of them. I could hardly keep up with Julian eating them all, so I had to pick quite a few, and quickly! You can see from the photos, I even needed to give Jules a sink bath when we were finished because he got so covered in their juices! He was in heaven.

I decided to put a rustic twist on this crisp by baking it in a cast iron skillet. This recipe is so simple, and can be used with any berry combination. It was such a hit for my family function; my mom ate 3 helpings before we even had dinner! Blackberry season is a short one, usually from August to September, so enjoy these delicious berries while they last!




4 cups Blackberries

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup flour

1 Tbsp cornstarch

1/2 tsp salt



1 cup flour

3/4 cup oats

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

3/4 cup butter; cold and cubed



Preheat oven to 350F. Rinse and dry berries. In a medium sized bowl, prepare filling by mixing sugar, flour, cornstarch and salt. Add mixture to berries and toss gently until berries are coated in sugar mixture. In a standing mixer, prepare topping by mixing flour, oats, sugar, salt and cinnamon until combined. Add butter and mixed on medium speed until coarse crumbs form. Assemble in skillet, adding berry mixture to the skillet first and topping with the crumble mixture. Press down lightly. Bake skillet for 35-40 minutes, until juices bubble and topping is golden brown. Delicious when served with vanilla ice cream! Enjoy!

(Dress: Free People from Nordstrom. Shoes: BP from Nordstrom. Julian’s onesie: Gap Kids hand-me-down, similar here. Julian’s pants: Hand-me-down Quicksilver. Julian’s shoes: Bobux.)



Photography by Jesse Crockett


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  1. So true I could not resist overindulging! Next on my request list would be huckleberry pancakes if you have those growing in your backyard! If not maybe we need a trip to the beach cabin! These were a specialty of my Dad’s when we were out there. Thank you for baking to please so many of us!

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