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Blackberry Chocolate Chip Cookie Crumble

Blackberry Chocolate Chip Cookie Crumble from www.loveandoliveoil.com

Crisp. Cobbler. Crumble. It’s a veritable culinary jumble. Can someone tell my why such similar desserts must distinguish themselves with completely different names?

Not wanting to be politically (dessert-ically?) incorrect, I tried to figure out the difference for myself. Turns out crisps and crumbles are essentially identical except one has oats and one doesn’t. But depending on the source, which one is which is up for debate. Cobblers at least, stand apart, being topped with biscuit dough and all. There’s also Slumps and Grunts and Buckles and Brown-Bettys, which are all, essentially, some variation of a baked fruit and pastry dessert.

I decided I could pretty much call this whatever I wanted, since technically speaking it doesn’t quite fit into any of the existing categorizations (maybe I should have come up with my own name?)

Crumble sounded the best to me, and so Crumble it shall be.

Blackberry Chocolate Chip Cookie Crumble from www.loveandoliveoil.com

This is one of those mutant desserts that simply works. Crumble/cobbler/crisp meets oatmeal chocolate chip cookie, and the results are beautiful. While the combination of baked fruit and chocolate may not seem like an acceptable pairing, the unexpected pockets of chocolate are equal parts surprise and delight.

The fruit softens and sweetens and bubbles over with juices as it bakes, the oatmeal cookie topping turning a robust golden brown. Soft and crisp, salty and sweet, fruit and indulgent chocolate. It’s a dish of bold contrasts, and yet also one of perfect harmony.

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