Summer Berry Crumble for Two

My dear Baby Girl,

Please come and have a tea party with me.

I know right now your little rose shaped lips don’t like warm, squishy fruit, but that’s OK.

I’ll eat the fruit, and you can eat the ice cream, because I know you like ice cream – and we can share the crumbles.

We’ll use your teeny tiny powder-blue porcelain tea set with the smooth pink insides.

And I’ll set the table pretty for us.

We can use our mismatched old tableware that has lots of swirlies on the handles – because when you’re little, those are the important things, those swirlies.

We’ll pretend our best cookie sheet is a fancy silver carrying tray.

I’ll set out our cheap linen napkins that I bought on clearance because I just couldn’t stomach the thought of paying $4 per napkin when I was buying so many – and we’ll speak of them as though they are golden silk.

Yes, silk napkins. It doesn’t have to make sense, Mommy. It’s pretend.

Let’s do this, Baby Girl.

Let’s start a tradition now, of pressing butter into oats and flour and spices, and tossing cut fruit with sugar crystals until our berries look like jewel colored gum drops.

Let’s place this ritual solidly into our psyches so that when you are a teenager, we can still find each other in the mess of life.

And when it’s baking away in the oven and filling our house with scents of moms and baby daughters and giggles and smooshy kisses pressed firmly onto warm pink cheeks, let’s paint our nails bright orange.

Let’s do that now, so when you are big and pulling away, and too cool to be too close, and you are rolling your eyes so much that they might get stuck up in your forehead – so that when all these things are happening and I’m not your one-and-only anymore but we still need each other – we can do this again and it will bring us back home – even if just for a little bit.

Let’s do it so that no matter what is going on outside our front door, (or in your heart, or with boys, or nasty teenage girls – whether you are sad, or angry or ecstatic, or just plain moody – no matter what is going on out there),we can close it all off for approximately 15 minutes of assembly time, 20 minutes of bake time, and (please Lord) – 30 minutes of eating time;  so for roughly 65 minutes we can bake our silly selves back to a buttery, cinnamony, sweet place of home with a side of ice cream; and we’ll paint our nails obnoxious colors and come back to each other.

Let’s do this now Little One, because I love you, and I want you to want to come back later.

Never-ending Love and kisses,

your sentimental Mommy


Summer Berry Crumble for Two


  • 1 cup large-diced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • dash of fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tablespoon cold, salted butter, diced
  • For the Topping:
  • 3 tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • dash of fresh-grated nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cold, salted butter, cut into cubes


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, toss berries, granulated sugar, cinnamon, lemon zest, vanilla, and nutmeg. Pour into a 16 ounce baking dish, and dot with 1/2 tablespoon butter cubes. Set aside.

For the topping, in a separate bowl, toss together oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract. Add in 1 1/2 tablespoon butter cubes. Press and pinch butter into dry ingredients, working quickly, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs and butter is incorporated.

Sprinkle topping over fruit.

Place in oven, and bake 20-25 minutes, or until top is brown and sides are bubbly.



17 thoughts on “Summer Berry Crumble for Two

  1. Awwww…. So horribly sweet!! (the post, not the recipe.) This sounds terribly yummy. Think it can work to “ground” adults with each other, too? I mean, this could be a good “retreat” dessert for me and the hubby…

    • Of course it could be a married re-TREAT! It’s perfect for date nights too – I just made it with my girl, and my hubby doesn’t like dessert, so for me, it works best for a mommy-kiddo treat!

  2. Aw tea parties are the best! The dessert doesn’t look too shabby either! We had the world’s tiniest dinner on those plates recently 🙂

    • Lol. They’re perfect! Usually, we have a rule that they stay only in her room – on the carpet. But we busted them out for an afternoon. The dessert would be a perfect thing for your hubs – b/c it could be just for him!

  3. I usually don’t like to read posts, just the recipes, but this was a kind of poetry that I actually wanted to keep reading. It wasn’t cheesy, it was tender and honest. Really beautiful 🙂

    • Thanks Kim! That’s so sweet of you, and I’m glad you enjoyed it! It’s very true to me – I feel it every time I read it!

  4. Hi, Sara-
    So sweet in every way. Thought I would let you know that our youngest daughter, age 12, made this for our Father’s Day dessert for her dad and Grandpa M. It was a big hit! (Of course she doubled the recipe so we could all share in the deliciousness!) Thinking of you! Thanks for sharing even when you are miles away. oxox

  5. I have to tell you this just fixed my whole day. While looking for a dessert for dinner for the DH and I. I came across yours on Pinterest. And let me tell you that your words made me step back from the crappy tantrum filled day we have been having and realize that its all gonna be ok and I should be cherishing not pulling NY hair out. Even made me tear up and cuddle my 11 month old baby girl. Who will be “helping” me make this tonight. So just thank you. We needed that. 🙂 ~ Kristine & Ellie

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