Frozen blackberries left over from making homemade blackberry gin led me to create this delicious dessert.
Once you have tried making fruit liqueurs you will be hooked. Last year I made blackberry Gin with wild brambles growing in the hedgerow. Steep the fruit in gin for a week, giving it a shake every day, add about 200g sugar to every 500ml gin and 250g of fruit. Leave to develop for 3 months in a dark place. After 3 months strain off the fruit and re-bottle the gin. Don’t throw the fruit away just freeze it until you are ready to make the Blackberry Gin Crumble recipe. The Blackberry gin will get smoother and develop if left for a year (hard to do) and makes a lovely blackberry gin and tonic.
Blackberry Gin Crumble Recipe
This drunken crumble is delicious and a great way to use up the soaked blackberries. If you don’t have drunken blackberries in your freezer then you can use normal blackberries and a tablespoon of blackberry gin.I decided to enhance this Blackberry Gin crumble recipe further with the taste of almonds and some oatmeal which adds a nutty taste.
Ingredients for blackberry gin crumble recipe
- 50g flour
- 125g butter
- 75g sugar (soft brown)
- 50g oatmeal (pin head oatmeal)
- 50g ground almonds
- 25g flaked almonds
- 300g blackberries
Make the crumble mixture by combining the oats, flour, ground almonds, sugar and butter. Once you have rubbed all this together to make breadcrumbs add the flaked almonds.
Tip the crumble mixture onto a lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes 180/160 fan gas mark 4 until light golden
Put the blackberries in a saucepan and simmer them gently until soft, spoon out the blackberries into your crumble dish and reduce the juice by at least half. Taste the sauce it may need a sprinkle of sugar if the blackberries were very tart.
At this point I do one of three things.
- If i am making this crumble for another day then i sprinkle the topping on cover with cling film and freeze.
- If i am making it in the morning, and not baking the crumble till later, then I keep the crumble topping in a plastic bag in the freezer and cover the fruit with cling film and put in the fridge
- If we are having it straight away then sprinkle on the topping
Be generous when you put the topping on but you won’t need it all (save the rest for another crumble by freezing it) . Bake in the oven for 10 minutes 200/180 gas mark 6 (if the crumble is frozen take out the freezer an hour before cooking and then bake for 20 minutes, if only the topping was frozen then bake for an extra 5 minutes).
sometimes we have it with custard, sometimes with ice cream and sometimes with cream with a bit of heather honey mixed in and very occasionally we have it with all three!.
Hope you enjoy making this blackberry gin crumble recipe.