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Blackberry Praline Crumble & What Katie Ate Giveaway

Bittersweet news: only one day left of the conference.

I know, I know. There are 76 comments in my dashboard that need replies and at least 30 emails in my inbox… Just hang in there with me for one. more. day. I promise, I’ll get back to being that lovely blogger who used to her comments as soon as BlogCon is over. Promise, promise.

But let’s not talk about that. You must be sick of my whining about my inbox by now anyway.

Let’s talk about the new levels of genius my new favorite cookbook, What Katie Ate, brought my baking to when it introduced me to the flavor combination of toffee and blackberries…

Oh. My. Gosh.

It’s incredible. And I would have never, ever, ever thought to throw the two together on my own. I’m so glad that I was given the opportunity to review this cookbook. Even if this were the only recipe I ever tried (it definitely won’t be), it would have totally been worth it!

And just look how gorgeous this book is…

Every page is absolutely stunning. And not even just the pages with pictures! I mean, every page is a work of art. I really can’t gush enough over it! You. want. this. book. I’ve just been stroking the cover for two weeks, dying to crack into one of those beautiful desserts.

And while I’m certainly glad I did– I must say, there’s nothing more discouraging than taking photographs of a dessert that has already been photographed likethis dessert has been photographed. Lesson learned… the cookbook stays in the kitchen and may not, under any condition, follow me to the photo shoot.

Learn from my mistakes. You’ll be happier ;)

Here’s a little more info about this fabulous cook book…

From the world popular food blog What Katie Ate, comes Katie Quinn Davies’ first food photography cookbook of the same name. Using short-depth rustic shots of over 100 of her favorite dishes, Katie gives her readers a mouth-watering view of the food she loves to cook. With plenty of simple recipes, this is the perfect cookbook for entertaining any crowd of any size. Some noteworthy recipes include:

  • Poached Chicken Risotto with White Truffle Oil and Tarragon
  • Couscous Salad with Slow-Roasted Tomatoes, Chickpeas, and Soft Boiled Eggs
  • Honey Baked Peaches with Almond Praline and Creamy Mascarpone
  • Apple, Ginger and Blueberry Shortcrust Pie

And many, many more! Named one of the best food blogs on GOOP and awarded 2011 Best Food Photography Award from Saveur.com, Katie’s debut cookbook is sure to impress not only your eyes but your taste buds, too. Debating what to make for Thanksgiving? What Katie Ate can help you find that irresistibly beautiful and tasty dish that will leave everyone wanting seconds. {Buy it HERE}

 

Here’s the news you’ve been waiting for:

One of YOU is going to get a copy of this book for FREE!!! Just leave me a comment in this post, and be sure to include your email address! I’ll draw a winner form the comments using random.org  next Wednesday night at 7:00pm EST and announce it at my Sweet Treats & Swanky Stuff Link Up Party!

 

Until you can get your hands on a copy of this book yourself, I’ll give you my version of the recipe I tried today! It’s slightly modified to fit my time-crunched schedule, but it was absolutely delicious and I highly recommend it! Enjoy :)

Blackberry and Praline Crumble

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Blackberries
  • 1 c. Boysenberries (you can use blackberries here too, if you don't have boysenberries)
  • 1/3 c sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 c. toffee bits (like heath-- not the chocolate kind)
  • 3/4 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 stick chilled, unsalted butter, chopped
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar + a little extra for sprinkling on top
  • 1/4 c chopped pecans (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425º.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, mix the berries, 1/4 c. sugar, 1/2 c. water, and the vanilla until berries are soft and syrupy. (if using frozen berries, skip this step-- just place the berries in a 4 cup capacity dish, sprinkle with the sugar and vanilla).
  3. Pour berries into a 4 cup capacity dish, set aside.
  4. Place the butter pieces, the flour, and the 3 tbsp, brown sugar. Use a pastry cutter or a fork to "mix" into crumbs. Once crumbly, stir in the toffee bits.
  5. Sprinkle the crumble over the berries in the dish. Sprinkle a pinch or two of brown sugar over top, as well as the chopped pecans if desired.
  6. Bake, uncovered for 30-40 minutes until bubbling and golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes, serve over ice cream.
http://www.somethingswanky.com/praline-blackberry-crumble-what-katie-ate-giveaway/

Recipe adapted from: What Katie Ate, p. 279

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Ashton

Ashton is the owner and author ofSomething Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador.Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.
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79 Responses to “Blackberry Praline Crumble & What Katie Ate Giveaway”

  1. Nati posted on October 24, 2012 at 2:09 am (#)

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Leslie posted on October 24, 2012 at 8:04 am (#)

    This dessert speaks my dessert love language!!! What a delicious looking cobbler and with toffee bits, too!?! Wow. Blackberry anything is a comfort food to me!
    Blessings,
    Leslie

    • Ashton replied: — October 25th, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

      You would LOVE this! Seriously, the toffee puts it over the edge!

  3. Sarah E. posted on October 24, 2012 at 8:10 am (#)

    This recipe sounds so so so so good! I love blackberries :) And it looks like it is one of those desserts that you cannot have to feel guilty about eating for breakfast haha

    fantasticalsharing@yahoo.com

    • Ashton replied: — October 25th, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

      totally :)

  4. Kim S. posted on October 24, 2012 at 8:35 am (#)

    looks awesome!!

  5. Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection posted on October 24, 2012 at 10:33 am (#)

    I usually prefer chocolate desserts over fruit desserts, but there is something about a warm crumble/crisp/cobbler that makes my mouth water. Top it off with some vanilla ice cream and I would gladly cheat on chocolate for a night. This looks absolutely delicious!

    • Ashton replied: — October 25th, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

      I know! I’m the same way :) mmmm… for being such a chocolate lover, vanilla bean ice cream sure makes me love just about anything– chocolate or not!

  6. The Farm Girl posted on October 24, 2012 at 10:41 am (#)

    Oh what a lovely cookbook and that crumble looks fantastic too!! By the way–I have loved Online Blogcon :)

  7. Louise posted on October 24, 2012 at 10:45 am (#)

    Perfect dessert for this time of year! Comfort food heaven!

  8. Judy posted on October 24, 2012 at 10:46 am (#)

    Love anything with fruit and would love this book.

  9. Liz posted on October 24, 2012 at 11:14 am (#)

    This recipe sounds and looks so delicious, I want a piece of it now! I can’t wait to check out the rest of the cookbook. Thanks for giving away a free copy….:)

  10. Heather M. posted on October 24, 2012 at 11:16 am (#)

    What a lovely book! Pick me, pick me! : )

  11. Shiloh Barkley posted on October 24, 2012 at 11:42 am (#)

    I would love this cookbook! shilohstaste@gmail.com

  12. Lori posted on October 24, 2012 at 11:54 am (#)

    I have to get the cookbook . I love blackberries in dessert.

  13. Jen L posted on October 24, 2012 at 12:01 pm (#)

    This crumble looks awesome

  14. Stephanie posted on October 24, 2012 at 12:01 pm (#)

    I love fruity crumble desserts! This looks delicious. I like the modified, “time-crunch” rendition.

  15. Diane posted on October 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm (#)

    Looks like a beautiful cookbook, would love a copy.

  16. MaryB posted on October 24, 2012 at 1:28 pm (#)

    Oh my, does this ever look good! I Love blackberries. Thanks for offering the giveaway. The book sounds terrific.

  17. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on October 24, 2012 at 1:39 pm (#)

    Holy man. I want this book! It’s gorgeous. And toffee with blackberry is pure genius!

  18. jessica w posted on October 24, 2012 at 3:14 pm (#)

    This looks like a great book, thanks for the chance to enter!

  19. Nancy Stoddard posted on October 24, 2012 at 3:19 pm (#)

    This recipe sounds great! I am an Oregonian and everyone knows this is where they grow the BEST blackberries and boysenberries!!! Can’t wait to try it!

  20. gail posted on October 24, 2012 at 3:46 pm (#)

    thanks for this giveaway!

  21. barbara n posted on October 24, 2012 at 4:03 pm (#)

    I read What Katie Ate…blog and have always enjoyed not only her recipes but her photos too. Would love to win this book!

  22. Gina F. posted on October 24, 2012 at 4:09 pm (#)

    Oh that book looks amazing!! preppy mama@gmail.com

  23. kelly posted on October 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm (#)

    I am usually a fan of choc or ice cream for desserts, but we got a ton of peaches, apricots and apples from our neighbor and they make the most amazing fruit crumbles ever.

    • Ashton replied: — October 25th, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

      I’m the same way :)

  24. Dandi D posted on October 24, 2012 at 4:59 pm (#)

    Oh, this recipe has my mouth watering. I just love anything with blackberries in it. And paired with ice cream. Amazing!

    honingharmony at gmail dot com

  25. Sara J posted on October 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm (#)

    You have officially made me HUNGRY! I’m going to have try to make it lactose free!
    Looks like Friday night dinners desert! I can’t wait to dive into this cookbook!

    petunia.sara@gmail.com

  26. Agos posted on October 24, 2012 at 7:07 pm (#)

    Yummy! Both the crumble and the book look great.

    • Ashton replied: — October 25th, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

      Thank you!

  27. Heather posted on October 24, 2012 at 7:22 pm (#)

    That looks delicious!!

  28. Ellie Robinson posted on October 24, 2012 at 7:47 pm (#)

    I collect recipe books n recipes. I love it when everything about it looks rich!!
    sos-ministry@hotmail.com

  29. Cindy B. posted on October 24, 2012 at 7:51 pm (#)

    Wow! that looks delicious, I love blackberries, thanks for sharing!

  30. terry g posted on October 24, 2012 at 8:02 pm (#)

    this sounds soooo good i am gonna make it for my halloween party!

  31. Mindy posted on October 24, 2012 at 8:35 pm (#)

    That recipe sounds beyond delicious! I’m drooling right now!

  32. Catie posted on October 24, 2012 at 8:47 pm (#)

    I LOVE blackberries, but I’ve never baked with them before! This recipe looks amazing!

    • Ashton replied: — October 25th, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

      Oh, you should! In fact, that’s almost the ONLY way I like blackberries! oh..well, and in ice cream ;)

  33. Joan@Chocolateandmore posted on October 24, 2012 at 9:13 pm (#)

    Love What Katie Ate’s blog. I now understand why you had to duck out of Bogcon. This was totally worth it, I can just picture you, back in front of your computer, eating this, so unfair! Pinned, and I’ll be making this next summer when our blackberries are ready for picking!

  34. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on October 24, 2012 at 10:10 pm (#)

    Ashton, this looks amazing! And it’s beautiful, too :) usually I’m not a huge blackberry fan but I AM a huge crumble fan and therefore, I’m this blackberry crumble’s biggest fan. Fact.

  35. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on October 24, 2012 at 10:26 pm (#)

    Ashton, this looks sooooo good–I love warm fruit desserts! And your pics–eek, they turned out great!

  36. Kellie posted on October 24, 2012 at 11:47 pm (#)

    Finally, a dessert being featured that isn’t chocolate, LOL. I love blackberries. Can’t wait to try it!!

    • Ashton replied: — October 25th, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

      lol, Don’t get used to it! ;) Just kidding. I think I might have an apple recipe or two coming up!

  37. Kristin posted on October 25, 2012 at 4:51 am (#)

    The cookbook looks amazing.

  38. Jocelyn @BruCrewLife posted on October 25, 2012 at 7:08 am (#)

    That book IS gorgeous looking!!! My fingers are crossed to win:-) But I am having a hard time looking away from the crumble…that looks insanely good!

    • Ashton replied: — October 25th, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

      I can’t stop looking at the book, oh my gosh. I wish I could give one to ALL of my friends!

  39. Phyllis posted on October 25, 2012 at 8:53 am (#)

    Looks yummy! I would love to win this cook book!! :-)

  40. Heather K posted on October 25, 2012 at 9:02 am (#)

    This recipe looks divine! Would love to have a new cookbook.

  41. cami posted on October 25, 2012 at 9:13 am (#)

    absolutely cannot wait to make this. it will be breakfast this sunday morning. thanks for sharing!
    mmm…

    • Ashton replied: — October 25th, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

      Enjoy!! I loved it :)

  42. Alizeh posted on October 25, 2012 at 10:20 am (#)

    Ahh..this book plus the recipe looks s0 tempting <3

  43. Susan posted on October 25, 2012 at 10:49 am (#)

    I would love to win this book!

    • Ashton replied: — October 25th, 2012 @ 2:25 pm

      You SO would, I promise! I wish I could give one to everybody!!

  44. Holly W posted on October 25, 2012 at 11:45 am (#)

    What an interesting (but delightful looking) combination. I’m officially intrigued! And really, this book does look beautiful. I would love to win a copy for myself!

    • Ashton replied: — October 25th, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

      It’ seriously so gorgeous. I wish I could give one away to everyone!!

  45. Marcy posted on October 25, 2012 at 12:03 pm (#)

    This cookbook may just make my husband the Happiest Man on Earth!

    • Ashton replied: — October 25th, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

      That’s what we’ll call it: the Happy Husband Maker :)

  46. Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos posted on October 25, 2012 at 12:37 pm (#)

    Seriously?! This looks incredible – I love the pic with the melting ice cream :) I can’t wait to add toffee bits to the next crumble I make – sounds like a divine combo!

    • Ashton replied: — October 25th, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

      Seriously. I cannot believe I’ve never added toffee bits to my crumbles before! All of them from now on will most definitely have toffee!

  47. Heather posted on October 25, 2012 at 1:34 pm (#)

    What an beautiful looking cookbook. Just want to curl up with it and devour!

    • Ashton replied: — October 25th, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

      Me too :)

  48. Valerie posted on October 25, 2012 at 1:58 pm (#)

    Boy, does this look delicious or what?! I’d love to try more of her recipes!

    • Ashton replied: — October 25th, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

      They’re amazing!

  49. Shanna@ pineapple and coconut posted on October 25, 2012 at 5:02 pm (#)

    Hi! I have been so enjoying everyone’s posts and sites from onlineblogcon So glad I signed up, learned so much and now I am majorly blog stalking everyone else who attended. SO I am sighning up to win this book I absolutely love What Katie Ate. Her pics are incredible! And thanks again for putting on the onlineblog con! You guys did a great job!

    • Ashton replied: — October 25th, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

      You are welcome!! Thanks for swinging by :)

  50. Cori posted on October 25, 2012 at 7:39 pm (#)

    The vanilla bean ice cream puts it over the top!

  51. Lorna posted on October 25, 2012 at 11:31 pm (#)

    I love her blog. Can’t wait to see the book.

  52. April Barksdale posted on October 26, 2012 at 11:13 am (#)

    This looks yummy! I don’t want to wait til I get fresh blackberries. Can I use frozen?
    Your pics are awesome!

    • Ashton replied: — October 28th, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

      Yes! There are steps listed for using frozen berries instead of fresh :)

  53. Heather @French Press posted on October 26, 2012 at 2:19 pm (#)

    berry desserts are my all time favorite! and those photos look amazing

  54. KaySue posted on October 26, 2012 at 3:39 pm (#)

    This sounds like a very nice book. I like cookbooks with lots of pictures and uncomplicated recipes. The Blackberry Praline Crumble looks very good!

  55. Kelly Guerin posted on October 26, 2012 at 11:01 pm (#)

    Looks great! I would love to win!!

  56. Sherry D. posted on October 28, 2012 at 11:38 am (#)

    What a beautiful cookbook! If the rest of the recipes are like the “Blackberry & Praline Crumble” I can’t wait to check it out!!!

  57. Barbara posted on October 29, 2012 at 7:09 pm (#)

    I’d love to win this book! The crumble looks incredible!!! What a great idea

  58. allie young posted on October 30, 2012 at 3:05 pm (#)

    Oh my goodness! this dessert is speaking to me! There are very few things I love more than a crumble or crisp!!! Especially on these cold days!

  59. Debbie posted on November 1, 2012 at 9:57 pm (#)

    That looks to be a beautifully written book, and one I know I would really enjoy. Thanks for the recommendation and the giveaway. I’ve only just begun to explore your blog…it, too, is beautifully written. I’m hosting a FB link up on Friday about favorite Thanksgiving dishes if you want to drop by with a dish or two:) Thanks again for all you did to make Online Blogcon such a success.

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