Recipe: Blackberry Crumble Slice

Any berry will work in this seasonally delicious slice. 

Recipe: Jane Wrigglesworth

Serves: 6 people
Time: 90 minutes


2 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch ground or freshly grated nutmeg
½ cup caster sugar
pinch salt
175g unsalted chilled butter, cubed
1 egg
zest of 1 lemon
4 tsp cornflour
⅓ cup caster sugar, extra
400g blackberries
juice of 1 lemon
1 cup desiccated coconut
icing sugar for dusting


Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a 27.5cm x 18cm (11 x 7 inch) slice tin and line the bottom with baking paper.

Place flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, caster sugar and salt in food processor and process for just a few seconds (enough to combine). Add butter, egg, and lemon zest, and process for 20 seconds – the mixture should resemble breadcrumbs.

Divide the mixture in half and press one half into the base of the slice tin using your fingers. Mix the cornflour and extra caster sugar, then add the blackberries and lemon juice – gently mix so the berries stay whole.

Spread the berry mixture over the base. Mix the coconut into the remaining dough mix, then sprinkle on top of the berries.

Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until golden. Dust with icing sugar when cold.

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NZ Lifestyle Block This article first appeared in NZ Lifestyle Block Magazine.
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