Blackberry-Peach Crisp

IntroI remember when I first moved to Idaho and heard friends talking about planting blackberries in their yards.  I was taken aback, because where I’m from in the Pacific Northwest no one actually plants blackberries.  That’s ridiculous.  In fact, they’re kind of invasive and some people even go to great lengths to get rid of them.  If you want blackberries, you do what everyone else does and just stop on the side of the road with a bucket, because they grow wildly everywhere!  I have such fond memories of my childhood summers, walking across the street from my house to the giant ditch where blackberries were abundant and free for the picking all summer long.  We’d put them in a bowl, sprinkle on sugar, and pour on cream and it was so dreamy.  The last slurps at the end were my favorite when it was just purple-stained milk spiked with sweet sugar.  A friend gave me some gorgeous, sweet, plump berries the other day and I wanted to make something yummy with them.


Most of the recipes we post here on Our Best Bites feed quite a crew, but we get lots of requests for things scaled down for couples, families with just one or two little kids, or singles, who don’t really need a 9×13 pan of everything.  When it comes to fresh fruit, sometimes you don’t have a whole bushel laying around so I sometimes like to make mini-recipes.  This particular day I had a couple of ripe peaches sitting on my counter so I just wanted to make a little something for me and the only kiddo who was at home with me at the time.  You can certainly do the math and make a big ol’ pan of this, but I scaled this recipes down for just 2.  Mind you, these are two generous servings so you could easily feed a spouse and a kiddo or two if you can manage to share.


Dice up a couple of ripe peaches, then toss in about  3/4 cup blackberries. It’s not a big deal to be exact here; crisps are very forgiving.  You honestly can’t mess this up.

Peaches and Blackberries

Toss in a little sugar

Fruit and Berries

and a little flour, which will help thicken the juices.  I also like to add a dash of cinnamon and ginger.  Sometimes lemon zest if I have some.

Fruit with flour and spices

Toss that all together and pile them in ramekins, or similar size baking dishes.

Fruit in cobbler dishes

Then you’ll cover them generously with a mixture of butter, flour, sugar, brown sugar, and chopped pecans for crunch.

Crisp-Topped berry crisp

It may seem like a lot of topping but just trust me.  Pile it on.  I also like to sprinkle mine with coarse sugar (like Sugar in the Raw) because it creates an awesome sugary-crisp texture on top.

Birds-Eye Crisp Topped Berries

Bake them for about 30 minutes.  Honestly, I watch them and I know when they’re done when they look like this:

Baked Blackbery Peach Crisp

Those spilled over edges are not a disaster, they’re glorious.  I love the rustic charm it adds and color is insanely gorgeous.

Plated Peach Blackberry Crisp

After you let them cool for a few minutes, the juices will thicken a little bit

Spooned Peach Blackberry Crisp

which makes it perfect for spooning over ice cream.  You get fruit, syrup, and toppings, all in one.

Peach Blackberry Crisp in Ramekin

You can also just spoon a scoop of ice cream right into your dish.

Ice Cream Topped Peach Blackberry Crisp

The combination of flavors with both the peaches and the blackberries is so amazing here, and this topping is craaaazy good.  This is one of my most favorite summer dishes.  Make a little mini batch today and share it with someone special!

Peach Blackberry Crisp from Our Best Bites




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Sara Wells co-founded Our Best Bites in 2008. She is the author of three Bestselling Cook Books, Best Bites: 150 Family Favorite RecipesSavoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites, and 400 Calories or Less from Our Best Bites. Sara’s work has been featured in many local and national news outlets and publications such as Parenting MagazineBetter Homes & GardensFine CookingThe Rachel Ray Show and the New York Times.

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    1. I’m sure that would be delicious! Blueberries tend to have a bit more liquid, but it should work!

  1. Thank you for this!! This is exactly what I needed. I have some leftover peaches and blackberries from the Farmers Market and wanted to put together a small crisp to use them up!! Yay!!

  2. This is so super yummy! Made it tonight and it totally satisfied my peach cravings. Thanks for another awesome recipe!!

  3. I grew up in Seattle too and the blackberries, what fun and delicious memories for me, but painful ones for my Dad who had to clear through a bunch in our backyard. 🙂 Just wondering, if you were to make this to feed a crowd, how much would you multiply the recipe by? 4 times??

    1. Loni- I made this tonight and did 6 times the recipe. It filled a good sized casserole dish perfectly. I think it would also be a great amount for a 9 x 13. I let it bake 15 min longer than the suggested time and it was amazing!

  4. Since I do live in the Pacific NW, I hear you about planting blackberries. I do have huge fond memories of picking wild blackberries. Your crisp is picture perfect right on—-totally yummy.

  5. This sounds DELISH — I can’t wait to try! Also, I love the ramekins! Do you remember where you got them?

  6. I made these for dinner last night, because you know, fruit and nuts are healthy and my daughter had her kindergarten shots earlier in the day so we needed something special. They were soooo good! Looking forward to eating the leftover one for breakfast (I skip the ice cream for breakfast because I want to be healthy).

    1. Well you really SHOULD include some dairy at breakfast, and frozen is my personal favorite, haha. Glad you liked them!

  7. Yum! Any chance the recipe print buttons could print a picture or an option to print a picture with the recipe? The print button is handy but I like a pic with my recipes so I find myself still copying and pasting to get at least one pic involved in my printout…subsequently I don’t print as many recipes as I’d like due to time to edit them. Has this been considered? Thanks!

  8. I LOVE blackberry-peach combos. Blackberries grow wild on a public trail where I grew up in Utah, and my siblings and I would cover our arms and hands with long, thick socks to defend ourselves from thorns and pick bucketfuls (I still don’t like blackberries from the store because they just don’t taste like the same thing). My first semester of college, I brought up some blackberry-peach freezer jam that I’d made from those blackberries and Pettingill’s peaches from Willard (the only place I buy peaches!) I shared it on top of homemade french bread with a young man I was interested in. Whad’ya know, we’ve been married 4 1/2 years now and have 2 kids. Guess it was good stuff!

  9. Love the mini-dish idea! My family is an amazement to me in which they just want something once and then are done with it – so these two servings will feed my whole family of 4 without any issues or major leftovers – thanks so much!

    1. Yep- fed my husband and I and mini servings for our 3 small boys just fine! Hope you enjoy!

  10. Thanks Sara! I am the opposite. I moved from Idaho to Utah and then to Vancouver, B.C.! So, I am loving the abundance of Blackberries! I happen to have a couple of peaches and a hubby who loves peach and blackberry combos, so I think I will try to make a little something special for him tonight! Thanks!

  11. Thanks for the awesome idea! That sounds delicious. I love apple crisp, but this sounds like a lot of fun to try too! And we’re one of those families of 3 that DO make a whole 9 X 13 of a crisp or cobbler…because we can gobble it down fast (sometimes even for breakfasts!) 🙂

  12. I’m on vacation right now in the Seattle area. When I realized all the bushes on the roadside were blackberries I was in awe. We had to stop and pick some. In the two days we have been here I feel like that’s all I’ve done is picked berries. And I love it!

    1. Haha, yes- isn’t it awesome?? I thought it was like that everywhere! LOL

  13. yum. love making small batches of things like this for a family treat ( just 3 of us) opposed to 13 x 9 pans of things to take to get togethers….. i think we will be making this today…. breakfast???

  14. We have a small family and I’m thrilled with the idea of small portions. Such a nice twist on a beautiful looking treat. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  15. I am definitely trying this. It looks yummy. The little dishesyou put them in make them look even for yummy. Could you share where you got your baking dishes?

  16. Wild berries is something I would really enjoy if they were available here. I can’t complain, I love tropical fruits, but berries, I adore. This looks so delicious… #JEALOUS 🙂

  17. This looks amazing and I love the smaller portions! Do you think frozen peaches and blackberries would work, as well? And, would you thaw them first or put them in frozen? I love crisps and cobblers during the winter, but fresh fruit in December is so expensive that it nearly requires payment of your first born (and I’ve grown rather fond of her 😉

  18. Weird…I just made a blueberry/peach crisp for two yesterday because I had some quickly over-ripening peaches and a half pint of blueberries hanging around. Although, I have to say that when I think “crisp”, to me it has to have rolled oats. Plus, that makes it good for you, right? Either way, this looks delicious, and now I know where to go for a recipe instead of just winging it!

  19. Such a yummy crisp! Funny, I have your “plain” peach crisp cued up for this Thursday!! I’m making it for a potluck 🙂

  20. This is my second summer living in the Northwest and I’m in love with the blackberries everywhere! Basically along any trail or road, you’re gonna find them. But, I’ve learned to be careful picking them because those thorny branches will getcha! This topping looks amazing! I can’t wait to give it a try.

    On a side note, I just finished off a pint of your Huckleberry Pie ice-cream. It was delicious!! Even my husband that never goes for “fruity” ice cream couldn’t stop eating it.