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Saskatoon and Apple Crumbly Crisp

Use those yummy saskatoons when in season!
Recipe by Karen Anderson from Eat Alberta First, copyright @2023 by Karen Anderson. Reprinted with permission of TouchWood Editions.


Saskatoon and Apple Crumbly Crisp


MAKES 6 to 8 servings 

TAKES 20 minutes’ active time + 60 minutes’ baking time 

RATING All levels 


Here’s another wonderful recipe from Yvonne Jobin. Yvonne loves to pick saskatoon berries in season and dry them for use through the winter just like her mother did before her. Whether you use fresh, dried, or frozen berries in this recipe, the juicy apples will plump them up. 




9 x 13-inch baking dish 


Cutting board 

Measuring cups and spoons 

Large bowl 


For the filling 

8 cups chopped apple (I like to leave the peel on) 

2 cups saskatoon berries 

¼ cup packed light brown sugar 

1 Tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour 

Zest of 1 lemon 


For the crumbly crisp topping 

1¼ cups quick-cooking oats

1¼ cups unbleached all-purpose


¾ cup packed light brown sugar

¼ cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon baking powder

¾ cup unsalted butter, melted




  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and butter a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. 


For the filling 

  1. Toss the apples and berries with the sugar, flour, and lemon zest in a bowl until evenly coated. Place the mixture in the baking dish, then press on it until it is lightly and uniformly packed into the dish. 


For the topping and to bake 

For the topping and to bake 

  1. Place the oats, flour, both sugars, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, and melted butter in a large bowl and mix together with your fingers until the butter is evenly distributed. 
  2. Spread the topping evenly over the fruit filling and bake until the topping is golden and the juices are thick, about 60 minutes. 
  3. Enjoy with whipped cream or ice cream.