Our pastor is requiring us to write promises to each other for the wedding, and read them aloud. It's just part of his program, it's not an option, and I do agree with the reason that it personalizes the ceremony. I enjoy writing personal things, but the thought of speaking in front of 138 people, a paragraph that will relay my commitment, gratitude and humbleness towards marrying a man I am wholeheartedly crazy about, is a bit daunting. I've been brainstorming, and am taking note of every emotion that passes in these next few weeks. We just found a place to live recently, Hugh is moving in next Tuesday, and there is a warmness I feel in anticipation of having a home with him. It will be our place - a place we get to wake up, drink coffee, read books, work together, tell secrets, enjoy friends, stay up late watching movies and all else that fills our days. Sure, we don't exactly own any furniture at this moment, but I'm actually excited to eat canned soup on the floor while we don't have a table, a stocked kitchen, or unwrapped pots and pans. Isn't that all part of the endearing cliche of being a newlywed? My point is that just as a school is a place you learn or a hospital is a place you get well, a home is a place you love and I CAN'T wait. We won't be in this place forever, but the intangible parts of building a 'home' begin now.

So cheers to home; the occasion calls for a treat like this. The perfect combination of ingredients as we transition from the end of summer towards the beginning of fall. It's something perfect to share, and regardless of where you live, a crumble tastes just as wonderful on the floor of a new apartment as it would on a pretty kitchen table.

PEACH + BLACKBERRY CRUMBLE // Makes 6 Small Ramekins, 4 Large, or 8x8 pan
You could use more or less honey depending on the sweetness of your fruit. I got the tail end of these summer fruits, so I found this measurement to be a perfect compliment to their sweetness. There is flexibility in this recipe - you can use any citrus juice for the orange, your nut of choice, or another flour you have on hand. This could easily be a vegan crumble by substituting the one egg white for a bit of flaxseed meal, and topping it with a non-dairy frozen treat.

3 Peaches (about 1 lb.)
2 Cups Blackberries
1 Tbsp. Fresh Orange Juice
2 Tbsp. Fresh Thyme Leaves
2 Tbsp. Whole Wheat Flour
1/3 Cup Honey

3/4 Cup Oats
1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
1/3 Cup Chopped Pecans
1 tsp. Sea Salt
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 Cup Muscavado or Natural Cane Sugar
3.6 oz./ 1/3 Cup Unrefined Coconut Oil, warmed to a liquid
1 tsp. Real Vanilla Extract
1 Egg White

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream/Gelato for serving

Oven to 375'

1. Wash and dry fruit. Cut peaches into 1'' chunks and place in a bowl, add the blackberries as they are. Toss the fruit with the fresh orange juice and thyme leaves. Sprinkle the whole wheat flour and honey over the fruit, and toss gently. If the mixture looks fairly wet, depending on the ripeness of your fruit, add a bit more flour.
2. Fill the ramekins or pan about 80% full of the fruit mixture. Set aside.
3. In another bowl, combine the oats, whole wheat flour, muscavado/natural cane sugar, pecans, salt, cinnamon and mix. Add the coconut oil, vanilla, and egg white and combine into the dry ingredients. It should resemble a loose, crumbly dough. Distribute evenly between the ramekins, or on top of the 8x8 pan.
4. Place the ramekins on a cookie sheet, and set on the middle rack of the oven. Bake for 20 minutes until the top is golden and a bit of fruit juice is bubbling up the side. I like the fruit to stay a bit firm, if you like it soft, give it another 5-10.

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Reader Comments (54)

This looks great. Totally. Yummy. I love blackberries. (I think I lost my words at the sight of this.)

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMusketnuss

What an exciting time for you! I can imagine the same - we said traditional vows at our ceremony but I think I would have got jitters saying my own personal words. :)

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

Those peaches look perfect. Peaches and berries are gone here for the year.

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLacey

wow, such exciting times! i'm so happy for you! and yeah, those last too photos have me swooning.

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrick @ alamode

CONGRATS on your first place together!! It's so exciting to start making a LIFE together in a home you share with one another. And you get to bicker over things like where to put the knife block. (One of our most monumental arguments, and I lost.)

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTaryn

I especially love the story that comes with this post. You will be great!

Good luck with your vows! Hard as it is, I bet it'll make for a more meaningful ceremony.

When my boyfriend and I moved in together, it took us six months to get a dining table. But picnic dinners were really sweet, and they'd have been even sweeter if we'd followed them with desserts like this!

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaddie

Ahhh thats such a nice idea about the vows. I think it would make it that much more special for your guests - making them feel a part of your love being exposed to your personal words.

As for the crumble...made your topping for an apple blackberry crumble I had to make it! I'm serving it with Greek yogurt thats been mixed with honey. Lovely autumn dish.

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersaer {craven maven}

We composed our own vows when we married and although I read them many times to myself in order to become comfortable with the words, the impact of reading them out loud to my husband, in front of 100 people made me nearly weep with joy. Marriage is such a beautiful thing. And what a lovely dessert.

September 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I especially like the thyme addition.

September 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmelia from Z Tasty Life

Congrats on the new place :) The crumble looks perfect for breaking it in!

September 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNutmeg Nanny

We wrote our own vows and it makes the ceremony that much more special. It's challenging but well worth it. We just celebrated our one year anniversary and my husband had the original vows we used on the day we married framed - of course mine were typed, his scribbled on yellow notebook paper :-)
This recipe sounds and looks fantastic- I wish I could still find peaches and blackberries at my regular farmers' market!
Good luck with the move.

September 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa at CC&T

How exciting! Congratulations on your new home and upcoming nuptials! Love the oat topping here, it just sounds divine with the hot crumble and cold ice cream.

September 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngharad

how exciting! most of my favorite moments with murdo are spent at home, doing absolutely nothing. living with your love truly completes a home (once you get past those dirty dishes, of course...).

September 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJacqui

oh my goodness, this looks sooo delicous! i love fruit crumbles, wonderful idea to combine the blackberries and peaches with fresh thyme.:)

September 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteramanda@seegirlcook

We still have so many peaches in the farmer's I've got to give these a go before they disappear. Love the fresh herbs and whole wheat flour, too. Light and pretty.

September 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMegan Gordon

your photos and recipes make me weak in the knees!

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjennifer

gorgeous crumble :). moving into a new place is so much fun, especially if it's with a person you plan to spend the rest of your life with. good luck in the whole process!

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterheather @ chiknpastry

Indeed, I never really enjoyed staying at home until I was sharing it with the right person. Funny coincidence: I was recently at the wedding of two dear friends, and the dish I loved the most in the reception afterwards, and will remember as a siymbol of that beautiful and moving day, was actually a blackberry crumble.

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaffettiera

This looks absolutely mouth~watering. The photographs of the peaches and Thyme are my favs. Gorgeous and tasty! ;)

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlexa @ Sohdalex

The thyme leaves incorporated into the scoop of ice cream is a very nice touch.

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDenise | Chez Danisse

Wow, this looks absolutely amazing. Love the pictures too--

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMegan Mountcastle

This is such an exciting time for you. Randy and I wrote our vows as well and I still marvel at the fact that I didn't bawl my way through it. First home together is so exciting. Best to you guys.

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDana

Forget about your delicious dessert, your post is so beautiful, scary, and sooo exciting! We are talking 43 days left till the BIG DAY, can't wait. You need to come to SFS for all you needs.

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdiane

Sounds delicious, especially with a touch of fresh thyme. You can't go wrong with a crumble, especially one that involves blackberries!

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

wow, what an exciting time in your life. i hope everything goes perfectly and you have plenty of cozy nights in your new home together.

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaken

agreed- crumble tastes great anywhere. But always best when shared with people you love. I would be nervous too about writing and sharing such an intimate and personal statement- but I've heard a lot of people's vows and they always sound lovely so I'm sure your's will be wonderful.

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterconnie

First of all, I have to say "I love the Blackberry photo", the first one, it´s so powerful, so strong. Then I want to do this recipe now !! Just in my place there´s no blackberry buuu, i´ll have to wait. Congrats!

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCeciboop

Building a home together will be a such a joy; I remember it well. Learning each other, taking pleasure in each addition to your home.
I wish you both the very best!

What a perfect dessert delight, Sara! And that ice cream on top like a little hat! YUM!

October 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

what a delicious crumble! love that you serve it with ice cream. yum!

October 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLimeCake

The photographs are once again breathtaking. I love how I always get inspired to cook feel-good food after visiting your blog. Thank you! xx

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertiina

So beautiful and true; home is where you love!


October 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbianca

OH my God! this looks DIVINE!

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMolly Jean

That sounds so delicious! I love the addition of fresh thyme, one of my favourite herbs!

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaria @ Scandifoodie

i love this crumble and serving it with ice cream makes it all better:) i love the stunning photos on your website.

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterblackbookkitchendiaries

that sure is some sexy fruit, friend! thyme and orange is brilliant.

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertara

wowsa! This looks oh so gooooood!

I was wondering if you have a good lasagna recipe? A vegetarian one would be awesome. help help!! Thanks, Kristen

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkristen

Oh my, I've been on the hunt for a good, wholesome crumble/cobbler crust for months! I did my best with a crudely attempted whole wheat cobbler crust, but it wasn't quite right [see my blog]. Yours looks like delicious perfection!

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate

That picture of the thyme is just lovely. I will definatly be making this recipe!

October 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa

Yay! Congrats on finding your new place! That's the best feeling, knowing where your first home will be. And the crumbles look delicious -- I always love an herb/fruit combo.

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

A fabulous crumble!

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCherine

First time here Sarah, indeed you are a talented photographer, loving very bit of it :) Gorgeous photos and lovely yum recipe!

October 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnanda Rajashekar

Congratulations on the wedding! My wife and i were recently married and we wrote our own vows and "promises" too! I started off with "I will always laugh with you, and never at you."

We maintained some humour but it was intensely personal at the same time. We felt it would help our guests feel like a part of the ceremony if they were laughing and crying with us rather than observing.

Peach and blackberry crumble is an entirely appropriate way to celebrate home. :)

October 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthe hungry architect

I love savory herbs in sweets. I use rosemary often but I hadn't thought of thyme. I can't wait to try it out.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShannon @

mini fruit crumbles in ramekins is such a good idea! I am definitely going to try this with apples!!

With love and cupcakes,

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCookTeen

Your photography and recipes are amazing. Thank you for sharing them with us.

October 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjuan

Oh my. This looks like heaven....

October 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErin @ Funky Brown Foodie

Your photographer's eye has become better and better each year. These photos are beautiful.

November 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJneka08

How amazing does this look? I'm so hungry for this. I might see if my wife and I can make these for our Thanksgiving dessert. I bet it would really top off the day nicely.

November 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDrew W

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