Triple Berry Crisp
It’s been a couple of fast paced weeks but I would not change a thing. Work is fairly busy as everyone is preparing to take some time off for the holidays. I am still getting acclimated to all the parameters of the job. Addressing everyone’s expectations can be quite tricky at times but at the end of the day, I think that everyone comes out feeling that they gave or got the best they had.
The daily collaborations are really inspiring and downright fun. There is always lots of laughter and discombobulated moments while being completely focused on the task at hand. I am around serious creative minds allowing me to be as well. I am still learning to let go and just go for it. Whatever "it" may be at the moment. Going for more contrast, an unexpected angle, a bold choice of color.
It’s been a little over two months since I started and I am slowly stopping to feel like I am on borrowed time. Seeing the change of season in a new place, new town is a nice way to feel anchored in new surroundings. After a few weeks of spending every evening and weekends with the windows wide open, it has finally started to be "Crisps and Cobbler Weather" around here. Time for some thick plush socks, a nice blanket or a cozy fire.
I have been enjoying quiet evening in the new house with the old dog but I admit, I am ready to head out to Charleston for the holidays and be with Bill. To top this good feeling off, my parents, brother, sister in law and two nieces are arriving in a week. It’s been too long since we last saw everyone! We rented a beach house for everyone, pups included and will be spending the holidays there together. To say that I can’t wait is an understatement.
I can’t wait to spend time chatting with my mom while we cook and bake together, see if my nieces are still enjoying baking as they did a couple of years ago. My brother is a fantastic cook also and it will be interesting to see what we come up with for Christmas dinner. Honestly, I just want to be with them. I’d be happy sitting in a corner watching them interact for a while.
One thing I definitely want to make when we are at the beach in a couple of weeks is this mixed berry cobbler. I dream of coming back from a long walk on the beach on a chilly afternoon and digging into a warm bowl of juicy and tangy cobbler. Maybe topped with a dollop of Chantilly. Maybe not. I plan to spend the holidays guided by the flow of the family’s rhythm. Too many people under one roof. I just want to be and enjoy them. With all their flaws and qualities and all of mine.
I am not sure the nieces ever had cobbler but I sure plan on fixing that!
Thank you everyone for the great response to the food and lifestyle photography workshop I am teaching with Clare in Gulf Shores, Alabama. I am happy to say that there are a few spots left but they are going fast! If you are interested, click here for all the details.
Triple Berry Crisps:
Makes enough for 6
2 cups blueberries
1 cup blackberries
1 cup raspberries
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon chopped crystallized ginger
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (or same amount in millet flour or
brown rice flour)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
2 1/2 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into small
1/3 cup ground almonds
Prepare the streusel topping:
Place flour, brown sugar, and salt in a food processor and pulse just to combine.
Add chilled butter and pulse a few times until mixture
resembles coarse meal.
Add the almonds and pulse a couple of time. Sprinkle over
berry filling; bake according to recipe above. (you can do this step completely
by hand if desired)
Prepare the filling:
Preheat oven to 350° and position a rack in the middle.
I a medium bowl, combine blueberries and next 7 ingredients
(blueberries through lemon rind).
Spoon 1/2 cup filling into ramekins or small skillets coated
with cooking spray. Top each with the streusel.
Place ramekins on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Serve warm or at room temp.
You can also bake this crisp in a 13×9-inch baking dish (add
about 5 to 10 minutes baking time)
ThisGirlBlogs December 14, 2012 um 4:50 pm
Looks delicious! Berries are my absolute fave 🙂
Sukaina December 14, 2012 um 7:06 pm
I just wanted to ask you a quick question…
Do you have any recommendations as to the best FULL size baking sheet to use for French Macarons? Yours always look fabulous and I've noticed that the sheet pan you use makes a difference. Could you guide me in terms of gauge, etc? We will be making these in a commercial oven.
Thank you soooo much for your expertise.
Helene December 14, 2012 um 9:17 pm
ThisGirlBlogs: Thank you!
Helene December 14, 2012 um 9:18 pm
Sukaina: actually, they don't make a difference at all. I have made macarons on all types of baking sheets. Mine were purchased at grocery stores, restaurant supply stores or online and I can't see a difference.
Katie @ Blonde Ambition December 15, 2012 um 12:52 am
This looks so delicious. I love the simplicity! Also I like that you used orange juice in the filling, I don't see that often 🙂
Maja Skorupska December 15, 2012 um 8:53 am
I would love to join your workshop if it was based in Europe. By the way, are you planning on such an event in Great Britain or France?
I am a blogger myself, and I struggle with food photography. I really need some pro training. Light, especially now, in winter, is my biggest problem.
I love the crisp, I'm going to try it, even today. All the best Maja
Chef Mimi December 15, 2012 um 12:30 pm
I just ordered your book. Thank you for your inspiration!
Cooking Quidnunc December 15, 2012 um 3:35 pm
Love berries!! This recipe looks great!
Helene December 15, 2012 um 4:14 pm
Maja: look at the page "workshops" every so often for updates on locations. There is one in the planning for Ireland this summer. I can only do them when I take time off from work.
Raizel @ Sweet Pickled Reality December 15, 2012 um 10:21 pm
This crisp sounds amazing! I love the idea of including crystallized ginger with the berries. Do you think frozen berries would work? It's hard to find fresh berries at this time of year.
Rhonda December 16, 2012 um 2:56 pm
Are one of those spoons for me? As I sit here and listen to my stomach growl, I can't help but want a mixed berry cobbler for breakfast with a little fresh cream poured over top.
susansmith December 17, 2012 um 3:07 am
It look so delicious.Love it very much.Perfect for the holidays!!!
le petit chef December 17, 2012 um 10:07 pm
I bought your book recently and can't wait to read it, I'm looking forward to some improved food photography skills on my blog and for my business (I'm a personal chef), all thanks to you! If you ever have a photography workshop in CA I'm there!
Jean | Delightful Repast December 20, 2012 um 12:23 am
Helene, I just reviewed Basic to Brilliant, Y'all and *had* to mention your photography! (I hope you'll check it out.) Those photos had me wanting to make a few dishes I otherwise wouldn't. I look forward to reading your book as well. Oh and this triple berry crisp? I do believe I can actually smell it!
El December 20, 2012 um 4:28 am
The dessert looks delicious. Have fun with your family!
Christian December 23, 2012 um 8:56 am
I love your blog and find myself very inspired not just by your photography but by your recipes as well!
For the poached pear recipe, do you peel the pears before or after poaching? Also, do you end up serving them room temperature, warm or cold?
Thank you so much!
Life Images by Jill December 30, 2012 um 11:32 am
this looks delicious. I am going to give it a go when winter comes back around. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family and wish you well in 2013.
Heide Mc.™ January 2, 2013 um 10:48 pm
This sounds healthy and wonderful. Hope you have a happy new year.
Pink Peppercorn and Paprika January 20, 2013 um 3:41 pm
I love that you made this in a cast iron pan, looks delicious!
Clara Fisher February 20, 2013 um 5:36 am
Another eye candy treat! I started following your blog last year and I've been hooked ever since. I love berries especially when it's made with cheesecakes. But I'll definitely try this out, a simple recipe but for sure another yummy dessert.
Emma April 24, 2013 um 8:55 am
Berries in a crumble or cobbler are absolutely divine! Looks like a delicious recipe.