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As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention. I had some fresh blackberries that needed to be used as well as some very ripe bananas. I wasn't in the mood to make bread or pie, so VOILA! This Banana Blackberry Crumble is born! I baked it in my large cast iron skillet, which seems so down home and comforting for some reason.
Who knew that berries and bananas could marry so well? Since my tastebuds have never totally recovered from Covid, my friend Rhonda, my husband and my son all gave this recipe the thumbs up.
The first step is to get the blackberries ready. By adding the cornstarch, sugar and lemon juice to them first, the juices will begin to flow, giving this crumble its moist goodness.
Next, you mix up the crumble ingredients. The butter should be cold, (not frozen), and cut into the dry ingredients so that it lives up to its name...crumble.
Finally, prepare the bananas. When I first made this recipe, I simply sliced them and then caramelized them on one side. But, Rhonda suggested chopping them a bit smaller and caramelizing them then mixing them with the berries a bit more so that the flavor of the berries and the bananas combined rather than being in layers. I'm going to try it that way next time and see which method we prefer. If you try it before I do, please let me know your thoughts. I do think that the caramelizing step is very important to the final outcome of this recipe.
Of course, you can't serve a crumble without a scoop of ice cream on top. We were out of vanilla and used Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, lol. I think vanilla would have been better!
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Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!