How to Make an Easy and Delicious Blueberry Crisp
Bake a Blueberry Crisp
Blueberry Crisp - also sometimes called a Blueberry Crumble - is a quick and easy dessert that is one of my family's favorites. The perfect crisp has a juicy fruit base with a crunchy, buttery, streusel topping - a delicious alternative to pie that is much quicker and easier to make. It can be made with fresh or frozen blueberries and served warm or cold. Add ice cream or whipped topping or just serve it plain.
Crisps are traditional old-fashioned desserts and recipes have been handed down from generation to generation. The recipe on this page is the one that my mother used. It is simple, can be modified to include optional ingredients and is easily doubled or tripled to feed a big crowd. It makes a great dessert or a yummy breakfast, so at my house none ever goes to waste. If you've never made a blueberry crisp before, just print out the recipe and follow along with these easy step by step instructions.
All photos by the author, Vicki Green, unless credited otherwise.
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Kitchen Tools You Will Need To Make Blueberry Crisp - No special equipment is needed to make a Blueberry Crumble!
A Basic Mix and Measure Set
This set is very similar to my photo of all of the supplies you'll need to make a crisp. I have this set of glass measuring cups and find them to be very versatile. The largest one can be used as a mixing bowl as well as for measuring.
Equipment Needed to Make a Crisp
Making a crisp doesn't require any special tools. Most people will find everything they need already in their kitchen. Here is the simple list:
1. Measuring cups
2. Measuring spoons
3. Mixing bowls
4. Baking dish
5. Pastry blender (or just a fork will do)
Notice that it doesn't require a rolling pin or pastry cloth! If you are just starting out with trying some baking, an inexpensive glass set of bowls, measuring cup and baking dish will have everything you need.
Ingredients to Make Blueberry Crisp
Blueberry Crisp Ingredients
The ingredients to make a blueberry crisp are easy to find and many people will find most, if not all of them right in their kitchen or pantry.
Blueberries - fresh or frozen
Brown sugar (or white sugar can be used)
Quick cooking rolled oats
Nuts and/or coconut (optional)
Watch How to Make a Blueberry Crisp
Don't be Afraid to Modify a Crisp Recipe
This recipe can be doubled tripled or modified in any number of ways to suit your needs. Lemon zest can be added for a stronger lemon flavor or an orange can be used instead. The same basic recipe can be used for other types of berries and fruits, with modification to the amount of sugar depending on the sweetness of the fruit.
- 3 Cups fresh or unsweetened frozen blueberries
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon of sugar
- 2/3 Cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 Cup + 1 Tablespoon flour
- 1/2 Cup Quick Cooking Oatmeal
- 1/3 Cup butter
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Optional: 1/2 cup of nuts or coconut
- Remove stems, rinse and drain berries
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Grease the baking dish with butter - this recipe will work in a pie pan or an 8' x 8" square pan or any pan that is similar in size
- (if you double the recipe use a 9" x 13" baking pan)
- Pour berries into a bowl and mix with1 tablespoon of flour and 1 tablespoon of sugar to coat
- Add flour and sugar coated berries to greased baking dish
- Sprinkle lemon juice over the berries
- Mix together the brown sugar, 1/2 cup of flour, oats, cinnamon and salt. Use a fork or pastry blender to blend in the butter. Don't mix too finely - leave it somewhat coarse and crumbly.
- Sprinkle the topping over the berries and bake about 30 minutes or until the topping is light brown and the berry juice is bubbling on the edges.
- Let stand for about 20 minutes before serving. If desired top with ice cream or whipped cream. It can also be served cold.
Remove Stems and Rinse Berries
Clean and Rinse the Blueberries
Start by picking through and cleaning the berries by removing any stems, leaves, green or moldy berries and bugs. Then rinse the berries under cold water to remove any dirt, dust or other residue.
Preheat Your Oven
Preheat the Oven
Set the oven temperature at 375 F.
Since it is so quick and easy to put together a blue berry crisp, remember to preheat your oven to 375 F. before you begin. If you use a glass pan, usually it is a good idea to reduce the temperature 25 degrees.
(Photo credit: mrbill on Flickr - creative commons license)
Coat the Berries with Flour and Sugar
Lightly Coat the Blueberries with Flour and Sugar
Either Fresh or Frozen Berries May be Used
This step can be skipped, but coating the berries with a light dusting of flour and sugar helps to keep the juices in the crisp from being too thin and runny. Many recipes include the instruction to thaw and drain frozen berries, but as long as frozen berries are mostly separate and not frozen together in a big block, I use them without thawing and draining and it seems to work just fine. The only thing I've noticed when using frozen berries is that It may take a few more minutes of baking time.
Grease the Baking Dish with Butter
Margarine or Coconut Oil Can Also be Used
The next step is to grease your baking dish. Take a little bit of butter and spread a thin layer on the bottom and sides of the baking dish. Although this recipe calls for a smaller 8' x 8" x 2" baking dish (or just a pie pan), I used this larger 9" x 13" pan because I usually double the recipe. If you prefer, margarine or coconut oil can also be used.
Spread the Berries Evenly
Arrange the Blueberries in the Baking Dish
Arrange the blueberries that have been lightly coated with flour and sugar in the greased baking dish. Try to keep them in an even layer as much as possible.
Sprinkle Lemon Juice Over the Berries
Lemon Juice Brings Out the Flavor
Since blueberries are naturally sweet, adding some lemon juice adds a little tartness that really brings out the flavor. A little lemon zest can be added as well or for a different flavor other citrus juices or zests from oranges or limes can be added or substituted for the lemon. I prefer to use fresh squeezed lemon juice, but bottled or frozen lemon juice can also be used.
Blending Streusel Topping
Make a Streusel Topping
Add the remaining ingredients to a mixing bowl and use a pastry blender or fork to blend them together. This is the part of the recipe where you can be the really creative. Either brown sugar or white sugar can be used and you can also add your favorite type of nuts or coconut.
Crumbly Streusel Topping
The Finished Streusel Topping
After the crisp topping ingredients are blended together, they still should have some lumps and resemble the consistency of fine gravel.
Cover the Berries with Streusel Topping
Spread the Streusel Topping Over the Blueberries
Cover the blue berries as evenly as possible with the topping. I usually drop large spoonfuls on top of the berries and then make sure they are all covered out to the edges and then smooth it out until the topping is at the same level in the baking dish all the way around. Then the crisp is ready to go in the oven for about 30 minutes.
Remove From the Oven When Golden Brown
After about 30 minutes the blue berry crisp will be browned on the top and berry juice will bubble around the edges. Remove from the oven and let it cool for about 20 minutes before serving.
Blueberry Crisp with Whipped Cream
Serving Blueberry Crisp
Blueberry crisp can be served warm or cold, plain, topped with whipped cream or ice cream. It can be served as a dessert or for breakfast. Be sure to keep blueberry crisp refrigerated to prevent mold from growing. It will keep in the refrigerator for several days - if it lasts that long before being eaten.
Grow Your Own Blueberries
Make a blueberry crisp from your own home-grown blueberries. Blueberries are fairly easy to grow if you select a variety that is appropriate to your climate and meet their requirement for acid soil. For the plants to yield berries the flowers need to be cross pollinated with another variety, so be sure to plant 2 different bushes.
In addition to having a supply of delicious juicy berries, blueberries are an attractive ornamental shrub. There are many varieties of blueberries that have been selected to grow in many climates, so almost anyone can find one that will be suitable for their area.
© 2012 Vicki Green