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The Ultimate Berry Crumble

The Ultimate Berry Crumble Recipe and Video


Chef John's ultimate berry crumble delivers the perfect balance of berry to crumble, sweet to tart, and tender to crisp, making it the ideal summer dessert crowd-pleaser.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon fine salt
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup frozen unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar, or as needed
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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Nutritional Information

The Ultimate Berry Crumble

Servings Per Recipe: 8
Calories: 415.7
% Daily Value *
protein: 9 %
carbohydrates: 19 %
exchange other carbs:
dietary fiber: 13 %
fat: 29 %
saturated fat: 57 %
cholesterol: 32 %
vitamin a iu: 13 %
niacin equivalents: 23 %
vitamin b6: 3 %
vitamin c: 17 %
folate: 18 %
calcium: 5 %
iron: 10 %
magnesium: 6 %
potassium: 3 %
sodium: 5 %
thiamin: 27 %
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
(-)Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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