Blackberry Mountain

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 

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

8 thoughts on “Blackberry Mountain”

  1. With just 1/2 cup of flour, I probably could substitute tapioco/rice flour mix instead. Recipies like Blackberry mtn. usually cross over o.k. Have you tried blueberries? Think I will give it a try when i get some fresh berries.

    1. I’d imagine the substitute flour would work and I thought about trying blueberries or strawberries. Thanks for commenting. Lillian

  2. I have htis cooking in the oven right now…fresh berries are way way over priced here so I have used frozen berry mixture it sure smells yummy…

  3. This looks quick and appealing–as does the Greek Potato Salad–I tend to cook more from “method” than recipe at this point. Like you, I often decrease the sugar–we like to taste the fruit!

  4. Yum! This looks delicious and is another winner! I used to pick blackberries and made a great cobbler from an old family recipe…but that was years ago. My picking days are over.

  5. I tried this recipe and it did not work for me but it was my own fault. I used blueberries as I had them in the freezer but they break down too much while a blackberry bakes up well. I will try it again with the correct berry. We did eat it and it did taste good but looked like blueberry mush…lol.

    Hugs from Holland ~

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