June 29, 2015

Triple Berry Crumble on the Grill

I've declared my house an 'oven free zone' for the rest of the summer. Slightly dramatic, I know. Maybe I'll allow some light simmering on the stovetop at night, but NO ONE will dare turn on the stove until this baby makes his debut early Sept (you hear me baby, early Sept).

When I first moved to the Pacific Northwest, I thought that I was finished with balmy summer days - like we get back East. I envisioned the PNW to be cool and breezy, comfortable, and rainy at times. But as the years progress, so do the temperatures. For example, last winter I went skiing once, and not because I got pregnant, but because we just didn't have the snow. This summer, it has been HOT, and each year it just keeps getting progressively hotter, and guys, global warming terrifies me to no end. When I sit down and think of the future, my baby, global warming. I just can't. So then I try to distract myself with dessert, which isn't the best coping strategy, but I just can't stress myself right now. I really don't need this baby feeling my anxiety. Last week I was talking to the guy at Home Depot about this current weather situation, and he said 'look on the bright side, pretty soon we'll be able to grow bananas'. Slightly reassuring?

Last Tuesday I had a few girls over for our weekly Bachelorette night. I know, super cheesy and lame, but there is sooooo much drama in that show, and especially this season, and I completely understand if most of you have lost a little bit of respect for me now. But in my defense, when you're a pregnant lady in 90ºF weather who can't drink, can't walk too far because your legs looks like swollen elephant trunks, you rely on the small things in life for entertainment ie. the stupidity of others (ie. the Bachelorette and all it's contestants). Although, now that I'm pregnant and can't drink, I am now starting to notice how much they drink on that show, and I'm like oh gawd I really want a glass of wine right about now, and then I try to distract myself with shoveling dessert in my mouth. Again, not the best coping strategy.

Now that I've declared our house a 'no oven zone', I'm thinking - can I really survive on ice cream for the rest of the summer??? For our girls night, I knew that I couldn't just serve ice cream for dinner, so I turned on the grill and made corn, potatoes, veggies, and shrimp. And then I totally lost my mind and made a crumble - using the grill - then I piled a generous scoop of ice cream on top!!! I'm not sure why the thought of cooking 'everything' on the grill has never crossed my mind before. The grill is outside, far far away from my bedroom (which teeters a fine line between being 'comfortable' and being a sauna), although the grill is balanced on a small patch of the remaining deck (which we torn down to fix, and when I say we, I mean Brent), in the corner, which I have to walk a plank to get to. Sometimes it's important to live on the edge.

This crumble was ssssoooo easy to make. Five minutes tops, minus cooking time. All you do it cut up the fruit and place it right into the skillet. Mix up the topping in a small bowl, pile it on top of the fruit and then bake. You can even eat it right out of the skillet once cooked. I think I dirtied 3 dishes in the process. The first crumble that I made on the grill I used our large cast iron skillet. I then bought two 6.5 inch mini cast iron skillets, so that I could prepare individual crumbles for Brent and myself.  I will warn you that cooking acidic food in a brand new cast iron skillet, may not be the best idea. The acidity will leech some of the iron out of the skillet and leave the food tasting a bit metallic. I learned this the hard way. The only suggestions I read are: 1) season the new skillet, and then bake in the oven for an hour 2) if you have an older one, use that 3) or try using some sort of enamelware like Le Creuset.

The idea of cooking foods in a skillet on the grill is a new concept for me. By the end of the summer, I will probably be able to write a book on mini skillet creations. Because no jokes, this oven is not turning on, unless it starts to snow, which we all know is never going to happen.

serves 4
notes: acidic foods tend to leach iron out of new cast-iron skillets. The longer you've had the skillet, the less likely you'll be able to taste it in foods. If you purchase new cast iron skillets for this recipe, the acidic berries will likely leech some of the iron out, and therefore, the crumble will taste a bit metallic. Try seasoning the skillets first, or using small enamelware pans.

a small dab of butter
1 cup blueberries
1 cup raspberries
1 cup strawberries, quartered
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
dash of salt
3/4 cup rolled oats
4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
2 scoops vanilla ice cream

Preheat the grill to 400ºF.

Lightly coat two small 6.5" cast-iron skillets with butter.

Scoop 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup raspberries, and 1/2 cup strawberries into each skillet. Toss.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, and rolled oats. Pour in the melted butter and combine. Sprinkle on top of the berries.

Place the skillets onto the grill and close the lid. Cook for 20 - 25 minutes, until the berries are bubbling and the crumble is toasty and medium brown in color. Remove and let cool.

Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


  1. I get you!! It's WAAAAAY to hot in Europe right now for any kind of oven cooking. I'm currently sat here eating a bowl of cold watermelon for dinner!

    However we get way too many cold rainy days here during the Summer... so I will have to pick one of those to make this beautiful crumble!

  2. Yes, please!! LOVE that this was done on the grill - it looks FAB!

  3. Oh yes! I need to be eating this right now!

  4. Ahaha how I loved this post! Sadly (or should I say luckily?), here in Munich, the summer weather has been bad enough to turn on the oven. So bad that I ended up baking a crumble just yesterday! I have never tried to make such one though, on the grill, but it looks like an awesome idea! I must try it in my backyard when I visit my hometown next month :)
    Have a great week

  5. I don't know why but when you said you declared your house a 'no oven zone' all I can think of is that rap song 'no flex zone'. same thing right? haha. I have no idea what a no flex zone is but like a lot of lines in rap that I don't know the meaning of, I am afraid to google it and incredibly inappropriate things will pop up on my laptop...

  6. Sublime! Your photography is absolutely stunning.

  7. looks delicious!!!


  8. These are so pretty! I love how you did them in mini cast iron skillets - so cute. You just can't beat a crumble in the summer. They are so easy and really showcase summer fruit!

  9. Love this post! I also enforce the 'oven free' rule during summer - my friends look at me like I'm crazy but anyone who voluntarily starts an inferno in their house during an already inferno-like summer is surely the crazy one ;)

  10. Delicious! In the summer, I definately appreciate recipes that don't require an oven.