The other day, my mom invited the girls and me over to her house for a visit. She showed me her Saskatoon berry bushes that were just loaded with berries! She asked me if I wanted to pick some while she watched the girls - of course I agreed. I picked a whole ice cream pail full!
That night, I wanted to make a tasty dessert that featured these delicious berries (they're native to Western and Central Canada and they're a superfood with high levels of antioxidants). Unfortunately, I didn't have any shortening to make a pie, so I improvised and made a tasty Saskatoon berry crumble (aka crisp). It was delicious!
Here's the recipe.
Saskatoon Berry Crumble
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup quick oats
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ⅓ cup butter
- 1 ½ cups water
- 1 ½ cups granulated white sugar
- 3 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 cups Saskatoon berries
Wash and sort the Saskatoon berries and set them aside.
Mix together the flour, oats, brown sugar, and butter to make the crumble topping (I use my hands!). Press ½ of the mixture down into a 9 x 11" casserole dish.
In a large pot, mix together the water, white sugar, cornstarch, vanilla and Saskatoons. Bring the mixture to a simmer on low-medium heat and simmer for 45-60 minutes to make a nice, thick jam-like filling. Stir often.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
After the berry mixture has cooked, pour it over the crumble base in the casserole dish. Sprinkle the remainder of the crumble mixture on top and bake the whole thing for 30 minutes or until the top is a nice golden brown. Enjoy (with ice cream or a big cup of coffee)!
Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
This looks so delicious! Beautiful photo of the berries, too!
Thanks so much, Carrie! It was really tasty!
Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com
I'll have to try this Christina... looks delicious! We love saskatoons. My mom's Saskatoon/rhubarb pie is our favorite pie ever! Pinning!
Yum! I love Saskatoon pie and I hope to make some this week. 🙂
Looks great and for sure taste great !!
Thanks! It was so good.
Guys, Thanks For sharing this Great Recipe. My Family Loved it. I am definitely sharing this recipe and this website with my friend. Hope they also love it. Thank you again for sharing such a great recipe.
Made this today but as a crisp rather than a bar. Must not have cooked the fruit long enough because while it was thick, the topping sank into the fruit. Just took it out of the oven so we haven't tasted it yet, but it smells delicious. I did add some salt and cinnamon to the recipe. I just learned these berries were edible last month so I've been eager to try them. We have has a bush for for over 25 years and it is a shame we missed out on all those years of berries. Headed out to pick some more. There are so many! 🙂
Do you melt the butter before mixing it with the rest ?
The DIY Mommy
You don't melt the butter.