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Blackberry Crisp for One

When I was a kid I thought all grandparents lived in the country (like this was some sort of prerequisite to being a grandparent, lol!).

I think this is not only because both sets of my grandparents live in the country (and because of that song kids sing about going over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house!), but because the country feels so homey. Tall corn fields, bubbling brooks, green meadows with lovely spotted cows…the scent of freshly mown grass and baking bread in the air. It’s the perfect place for grandparents to live, at least to a child.

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As a kid in summer, a trip to my grandparents’ house meant blackberries to my sister and I. We’d run over to the field where they grew and greedily pick as many as we could, sometimes with pint baskets in hand but more often than not, without. They were sweet and delicious, still warm from the sun. We’d go running back to the house, hands and faces stained with berry juice. For my mom, there was never any question as to where we had been.

I still love blackberries and they still signify summertime and lazy days to me. This dessert is perfect for those summer nights when you want a sweet treat for one, but it can be easily adjusted to feed however many you like.

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Blackberry Crisp for One
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Yield: 1 serving
Blackberry Filling:
  • ¾ cup fresh blackberries
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon flour
Crisp Topping:
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons rolled oats
  • 1 pinch cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream or whipped cream (optional, for serving)
  • Butter, to grease the pan
  1. Preheat oven to 375F; lightly grease an individual-sized gratin dish with butter.
  2. Toss together all ingredients for the blackberry filling in a medium bowl, and transfer to the prepared dish.
  3. For the topping, use a fork to cut the butter into the flour, then mix in the brown sugar; use your fingers to crumble in the rolled oats and cinnamon. Sprinkle the crumble on top of the berries.
  4. Bake until the filling is bubbling and the crisp is browned on top, about 20 to 25 minutes.
  5. Serve the crisp warm or at room temperature, topped with ice cream or whipped cream, if desired.


Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. I really enjoyed this recipe and it was so easy to make!

  2. Debra Smith says:

    Loved the single serving blackberry crisp

  3. I didn’t know it until I read this- that I could use a recipe to make a crumble for one and not just to make the rest of the family jealous, lol! Seriously Faith, this is one gorgeous and delicious dessert;-)

  4. What a lovely crumble! My grandparents have a huge plantation style house and the acreage is filled with blackberry and other berry bushes, plus the wondrous cherry trees.
    Such a fun and delicious post Faith :)

  5. fact: ice cream melting over any fruit dessert is magnificent to behold. and i must say, your scoop of ice cream is a perfect orb–well done! :)

  6. Your blackberry crisp looks amazing! I’m drooling now and craving for one! Gotta go get some blackberries tomorrow morning and try this!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your sweet comment. I always appreciate it. :) Take care and hope to see you back soon.


  7. 5 Star foodie says:

    Scrumptious crisp with blackberries and a perfect portion!

  8. I can’t wait to make this as a treat when I’m home alone! Looks very comforting and easy to whip up :)

  9. I love your blackberry picking memories! Wild blackberries grew all over our farm when I was small, but they\’re not quite as plentiful now. The cultivated ones are good and will do in a pinch, but just don\’t have the same bold flavor. This is a lovely crumble- individual desserts are perfect for us! :)

  10. This looks really beautiful. Something I always feel like fruit and crumble. My Grandmother lived next door to my house, so the trip to Grandmas was not so memorable

  11. Cute post, Faith :) It was a wonderful time when all grandparents lived over the river and through the woods. What wonderful memories and what a delicious dessert!

  12. What a sweet story! I didn’t learn the joys of blackberry picking until very recently… but I love eating a blackberry fresh off the bush and heated from the sun!

  13. Awwww….you make me miss country life. I grew up in the country side. The air and scenery ….. just miss it all. Beautiful dessert with blackberries. I would eat that for breakfast…mmm

  14. This does look amazing!!! It’s not just homey and comforting, but elegant and fresh too!! You’re too funny on country living being a prerequisite for grandparents hahahaa!! I have to try this crisp, it’s too delicious looking to pass on!

  15. Oh how perfect! It’s pouring rain today and so dark and dreary. This dessert would cheer me beautifully. :-)

  16. Tragically, my grandparents also lived in the city so I never got that grandparents-in-the-countryside experience. I can, however, appreciate a good crisp and this looks delicious!

  17. We have that in common, my grandparents lived in the country too. What IS up with that? I loved spending summers with them and waking to the sound of the rooster crowing and goats baa-ing. The photos are stupendous, and the crisp looks so homey and inviting, esp with the ice cream melting on top!

  18. hi faith. in malaysia we import blackberries, blueberries etc.
    this dish really looks flavorful, delicious and healthy.
    of the ice cream is a plus for my taste buds. have a great weekend

  19. I approve of dessert for one—sometimes the time is right for a treat just for yourself
    especially when there are fresh picked berries involved. hot crisp and ice cream are terrific together.

  20. Hi Faith! Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve been to your blog. Very nice photos! I just love blackberries. That crisp looks amazing :)

  21. We used to pick blackberries as kids too! My grandparents had wild bushes growing down the path from their cottage. A lovely story and a lovely dessert my friend. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Crisps are probably my all-time favorite dessert…but since I live alone I usually don’t get to enjoy them! Thanks for the single serving option – I’ll definitely be trying this out!

  23. I know it;s recipe for one but I will take two! The childhood memory is memorable and this delicious crisp makes it priceless!

  24. hahah…I thought my grandpa played for the NY Giants…so …ya know ;) This looks amazing. Crumbles and crisps are my favorite desserts!

  25. I’m with you, I always thought grandparents lived in special places.. great looking blackberries and perfect for a special treat for oneself!

  26. We’re anxiously waiting for our blackberries to ripen here and now I have a recipe that I can use them in! Yum!

  27. We all lived in the country when I was young and picking berries in the heat of the summer is one of my childhood memories – although they were huckleberries. Crumbles are my favorite and your blackberry crumble looks divine! You’ve really captured the country feeling in your photos, too :)

  28. Blackberry crisp for one? Where’s yours then, since I want this one!

    Your grandparents’ home sounds idyllic. My grandparents loved for a while oin a lake in rural New Hampshire when I was a kid. There were wild blueberries frowing in the woods around their house. I remember fondly hunting for the tiny fruit and having homemade blueberry pie later. Thanks for reminding me.

  29. that’s simply to die for.

    i’m a big fan of having dinner, clearing the table, relaxing for a spell, then having dessert. Dessert just seconds after the meal feels like you’re trying to stuff everything in, or like the meal was sub-par and you need to gloss it over with dessert.

    so, natch, i’m a big fan of quick desserts you can whip up during the in-between time.

    happy summer!

  30. Gorgeous photo of the blackberries…all of the photos, really (as usual!) :) This looks amazing and perfect for portion control AND summer! Happy weekend, Faith!

  31. Heavenly Housewife says:

    I love recipes for one, please do more daaaahling! I often have to eat on my own, and a treat like this would be perfect for me!
    *kisses* HH

  32. Perfect for me here on my own. Just popping out to pick some blackberries :-) Diane

  33. Mmmhh, that is one of my favorite berries and desserts! Perfect with some ice cream.



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