I found the recipe for this delicious dessert in an old cookbook, Our Favorite Recipes – Queen City Cake Decorating Club – Cincinnati.  I felt the original version was much too sweet and that it needed more berries, so this is my adapted recipe for a very easy, quick way to enjoy summer’s fresh blackberries.


  • ¼ cup butter, cut into small pieces
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • Dash of salt
  • ¾ tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tblsp. milk
  • 1-½ cups fresh blackberries
  • Additional 1-1/2 Tblsp. granulated sugar for topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and melt butter in 9-inch pie plate while oven is heating.   Heat until butter is melted but not brown.

Meanwhile, mix flour, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, salt and baking powder in bowl.

Stir in milk.  Pour this batter over the melted butter – DO NOT STIR.

Drop in berries, scattering evenly over surface.  DO NOT STIR.

Sprinkle 2 Tblsp. granulated sugar on top…

…and bake for 30 minutes @ 350 F degrees.

The butter and batter rise to make a thin top crust that is buttery, sugary and crunchy at the edges.

Best served warm.  Delicious plain or with a bit of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

6 servings