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, 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  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


  • 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)


  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.
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Recipe adapted from: What Katie Ate, p. 279

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  1. Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. 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!

  3. 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

  4. looks awesome!!

  5. 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!
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    • 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 says:

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

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

  8. Love anything with fruit and would love this book.

  9. 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….:)
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  10. Heather M. says:

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

  11. I would love this cookbook!
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  12. I have to get the cookbook . I love blackberries in dessert.

  13. This crumble looks awesome

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

  15. Looks like a beautiful cookbook, would love a copy.

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

  17. Holy man. I want this book! It’s gorgeous. And toffee with blackberry is pure genius!
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  18. This looks like a great book, thanks for the chance to enter!

  19. Nancy Stoddard says:

    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. thanks for this giveaway!

  21. barbara n says:

    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. Oh that book looks amazing!! preppy

  23. 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.

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

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  25. 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!

  26. Yummy! Both the crumble and the book look great.
    Agos recently posted..Hot dog bunsMy Profile

  27. That looks delicious!!

  28. Ellie Robinson says:

    I collect recipe books n recipes. I love it when everything about it looks rich!!

  29. Wow! that looks delicious, I love blackberries, thanks for sharing!
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  30. this sounds soooo good i am gonna make it for my halloween party!

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

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

  33. 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!
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  34. 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.
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel recently posted..CapookieMy Profile

  35. Ashton, this looks sooooo good–I love warm fruit desserts! And your pics–eek, they turned out great!
    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl recently posted..Loaded Baked Potato SoupMy Profile

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

  37. The cookbook looks amazing.

  38. 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!
    Jocelyn @BruCrewLife recently posted..Coffee Cheesecake Oreo BrowniesMy Profile

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

  40. Heather K says:

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

  41. absolutely cannot wait to make this. it will be breakfast this sunday morning. thanks for sharing!
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  42. Ahh..this book plus the recipe looks s0 tempting <3

  43. I would love to win this book!

  44. 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!
    Holly W recently posted..Comforting Minestrone SoupMy Profile

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

  46. 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!
    Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos recently posted..{Oreo Week} Chocolate Euphoria Cookie BarsMy Profile

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

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

  49. 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!
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  50. The vanilla bean ice cream puts it over the top!

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

  52. April Barksdale says:

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

  53. berry desserts are my all time favorite! and those photos look amazing
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  54. 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 says:

    Looks great! I would love to win!!

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

  58. allie young says:

    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. 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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