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I don't tack the word ultimate onto just any recipe. This berry well may be my favorite summer dessert, with the perfect balance of sweet and tart, tender and crisp, fruit and crumble. Some ice cream on the side is highly recommended.

Recipe Summary

15 mins
40 mins
30 mins
1 hr 25 mins
1 2-quart baking dish


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
For the Crumble:
For the Fruit Mixture:


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Combine flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar in a bowl. Whisk until thoroughly combined. Grate in the frozen butter, stopping occasionally to toss the butter into the flour mixture until coated. Drizzle in vanilla extract; add egg yolks. Stir with a fork until egg is mostly absorbed. Add vinegar; mix briefly. Use your hands to finish mixing, squeezing until clumps but mixture remains mostly dry. Add 1 teaspoon vinegar if needed.

  • Combine blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries in another bowl. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar, and cornstarch. Sprinkle in cayenne pepper. Mix until sugar and cornstarch are mostly dissolved.

  • Place about 1/2 of the crumble mixture into the bottom of a 2-quart baking dish. Press mixture down using a flat cup until well compacted. Spread the berries over the crust. Sprinkle the remaining crumble mixture on top, squeezing some of it into clumps.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until top is beautifully browned and berry syrup bubbles on the surface, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.

Chef's Notes:

You can use self-rising flour and skip the all-purpose flour, salt, and baking powder combination.

Use any variety of berries; ripe peaches and other summer stone fruit would also be fantastic. You can use frozen berries, which are a lot juicier, so keep that in mind when making cornstarch-related decisions.

If you want a pie-like filling, you'll want to toss in about 1 to 4 teaspoons of cornstarch, otherwise for a runnier fruit mixture cut it in half, or leave it out altogether.

Nutrition Facts

416 calories; protein 4.6g; carbohydrates 58.2g; fat 18.9g; cholesterol 97mg; sodium 123.9mg. Full Nutrition