Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Baking with berries - Berry hazelnut honey crisp

Summer is upon us and sadly we only have a few weeks left...but lucky for us Oregonians, we have a great berry season! Last year, I went berry picking at Rowell Bros. in Hillsboro, Oregon, but this year I headed to the farmlands at Crawford's Produce in Cornelius, Oregon. They have a stand at the Orenco Station Farmer's Market with all kinds of berries and other produce. So we headed out to the farm and ended up picking 12lbs of berries, including blackberries, boysenberries and blueberries!

My craving for berries came from a Blackberry hazelnut honey crisp recipe that I found in Sunset Magazine! It looked fabulous...so I found a similar recipe online and improvised (if you have read my blog before, you know I like to find multiple recipes and make my own creation).

Find the full recipe here, but below are the ingredients and my modifications:

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blackberries
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries (I used boysenberries) 
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 4 tablespoons white sugar (I used wildflower honey to sweeten instead) 
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups butter
PLUS - add 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts to the mixture. YUM! 

This recipe was delicious and did not take long at all! As usual, it was easy...because I like simple and quick recipes.

It is a great dessert for a dinner party or a summer BBQ. I prepped it in the pan ahead of time and then after dinner I put it in the oven 30 minutes and it was ready to go! Have it with some homemade whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Do you have any great berry recipes you love? I still have about 8 more pounds of berries to use :)