Blackberry Thyme Crisp

I’m going a bit nuts with the crisps and cobblers, but I’ve got all this great fruit that I want to use up, and crisps are quick and easy and not too bad for you.

Local Blackberries

There’s a spot a couple miles from my house that sells blackberries.  It’s not even a farm, just a house, but they have blackberry bushes in the back of their property that put out the best blackberries I’ve ever had.  I’m talking berries as big as even MY thumb, and sweet as can be.  Black purple fruit just full of blackberry perfection.

Local Blackberries

I also have some nice herbs growing in hanging baskets that I’ve been trying to use this summer.  I like herbs and fruit paired together; the combo can turn a dessert into almost a side dish, especially when baked on the Bubba Keg or Big Green Egg.

Loading up with veggies

grilled potatoes

Sunday, I fixed herb-marinated chicken breast with lots of farmers market veggies – grilled potatoes, carrots and baby onions, also marinated in herbs, balsamic vinegar and olive oil, with some honey added to the carrots.

Blackberry Thyme Crisp baking on Bubba Keg

The meal was very good and fresh, and the blackberry thyme crisp at the end was really kind of an elegant touch, if I do say so myself.

Blackberry Thyme Crisp closeup

The crisp recipe is pretty simple, and I made a small crisp.  For more than a couple people, the recipe could be doubled.

Filling:

  • 1 quart fresh blackberries
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2-3 tbsp cane sugar (use more if berries are more tart)
  • 4-5 sprigs thyme, leaves removed from stems
  • juice from 1/2 lemon

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3/8 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted

Blackberry Thyme Crisp

Combine filling ingredients gently so as not to break up the berries, and put into small baking dish.

Combine all topping ingredients, and cover the berries in the baking dish

Bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes, until the top is browned nicely and the filling is deliciously bubbly.  Serve as is, or with a dollop of creme fraiche.

Crisp

The crisp can be dessert, or try it next to an ancho rubbed pork chop. And baking it on the grill, with a bit of wood smoking while it baked, gave the crisp a bit of smokiness, making it a bit more savory, which went really nice with the sweet-tart berries and thyme.

The aftermath

Blackberry Thyme Crisp
A great dessert using fresh ingredients, with less sugar and sweet than many crisps, and the fresh addition of thyme.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2-4
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Ingredients
  • Filling:
  • 1 quart fresh blackberries
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2-3 tbsp cane sugar (use more if berries are more tart)
  • 4-5 sprigs thyme, leaves removed from stems
  • juice from ½ lemon
  • Topping:
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ⅜ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ stick butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Combine filling ingredients gently so as not to break up the berries, and put into small baking dish.
  2. Combine all topping ingredients, and cover the berries in the baking dish
  3. Bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes, until the top is browned nicely and the filling is deliciously bubbly. Serve as is, or with a dollop of creme fraiche.
Do you do any fruit/herb combos?  Let me know, so I can try some new ones!

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About Curt McAdams

I guess I'm a bit of a foodie, learning to cook from my mom, then getting obsessed with outdoor cooking, competition barbecue, bread baking and just about all things food. Lately, I've been trying to upgrade my photography skills a bit, though I still have a long way to go.
14 comments
Kristi
Kristi

I just happened to come back looking up this recipe again and saw your comment and the printable recipe. It looks great! Thanks so much!

Kristi
Kristi

This crisp is amazing! I've made it several times now and it's always a crowd pleaser. Last night I made it with half blackberries, half nectarines and it was just as delicious. I do wish there was a way to print this recipe, though, either with a printable page or by being able to select and print just the recipe so I don't have to keep running from kitchen to the computer as I go along.

Curt
Curt

Ninette, The BGE is about as versatile as you can find... You'll have a great time exploring doing different things. Just use a good quality lump charcoal and no wood for desserts.

Ninette
Ninette

Wow, looks fabulous. I haven't used the BGE to cook dessert yet, but it looks like I should!

Curt
Curt

HB, I love grilled pineapple, though I haven't tried salt on it. I've soaked it in rum, but i find I really like it with nothing added at all, just grilled.

The Heat Beads® Team
The Heat Beads® Team

Blackberries and thyme is not a combination we have thought of before, but it sounds and looks fantastic! Although not a herb, an interesting way to grill pineapple is to soak it in Muscat for 4 hours, grill it briefly on a hot grill and then top it with cracked rock salt after it has come off the grill. There's something about the combination of sweet and salty that makes it delicious!

Curt
Curt

It actually works a bit served with the pulled pork. The wood smoke pushes it to be a bit more savory, I think.

Bbq Dude
Bbq Dude

This looks like good fun. I'll be making it this weekend to serve after pulled pork sandwiches. Yum.

Curt
Curt

Jen, The smokiness really makes this a fun dessert, I think. Chloe, Plum and blackberry sounds great, too, and I'll have to try the melon with lavender and sea salt! Thanks for the tip.

Chole Bartholomew
Chole Bartholomew

I just finished making this with our haul of wild plums and blackberries! So amazing and so simple to put together for breakfast today. I omitted the Lemon juice because the plums were so tart already, and used olive oil instead of butter (we never seem to have any around when I need it!). Also, another good combination (not for cobbler though!) is fresh heirloom melon with lavender and sea salt.

Jen @ MaplenCornbread
Jen @ MaplenCornbread

I love that you cooked this outdoors and let the flavors from the smoke in the grill add a lovely touch to this crisp!! beautiful!!!!!!!!!!

Curt
Curt

Grace, As always, thanks for the kind words. I'm just starting to try out the herb/fruit thing, but I really like the flavors that come out. I have some melon I think I'm going to try with something later. If you try anything you really like, please let me know.

grace
grace

what a unique and altogether delectable combination! you do glorious work. i've not experimented with the herb-fruit marriage, but now i think i will!

Curt
Curt

Kristi, Ask, and you shall receive! I was considering adding a recipe setup, so now it's there. And the first one I did was the blackberry/thyme crisp. Tell me what you think!

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