January 13, 2011

To Try Tuesday - Blackberry Streusel Quick Bread

Did you know that the term streusel comes from the German word streuen meaning 'something scattered or sprinkled'?  I love baked goods that have streusel on top, so when I saw this recipe on the San Jose Examiner website I just knew that streusel times two had to be good.

We have been really lucky to have blackberries at our local Costco for the past few months.  Usually they are eaten before I can use them in my baking, so this time I made sure that everyone knew to leave half of the container for me.

I decided to use pecans in my bread because I like the taste of them more than walnuts, and I still have a big bag of them that I need to use before they go stale.  Rather than chop the nuts separately I just put them in my mini food processor and gave them a rough chop.  I then added the remainder of the streusel ingredients and gave it another quick whirl and it was ready.

The smell of the quick bread baking quickly spread throughout the house, and everyone was soon asking when they could have a piece.   I have to say that it was delicious warm from the oven.  It would be great made with raspberries too, or maybe even a combination of  oth blackberries and raspberries.

Blackberry Pecan Streusel Quick Bread

  • 1 cup lightly toasted pecan halves, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
Quick Bread: 
  • 2 cups fresh blackberries, divided
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 9 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick plus 1 tablespoon), at room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ cup sour cream
Make the Streusel: 
  1. Toss the first 5 ingredients together in a bowl. 
  2. Add melted butter and stir until combined. 
  3. Divide mixture in half into two bowls; set aside.
Make the Quick Bread: 
  1. Arrange oven rack in center of oven and preheat oven to 350°F. 
  2. Coat a 9”x5” loaf pan with nonstick spray; thoroughly coat with flour, removing any excess.
  3. Chop 1 cup of blackberries and toss them with half of the reserved streusel; set aside.
  4. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt to aerate and combine; set aside.
  5. Beat the butter with an electric mixer until soft and creamy. 
  6. Add sugar and brown sugar and beat until combined. 
  7. Beat in vanilla extract. 
  8. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. 
  9. Add the dry mixture in three additions, alternately with the sour cream. Begin and end with the dry mixture and beat briefly until just smooth.
  10. Scrape half of the batter into the prepared pan, spreading evenly with a small offset spatula. 
  11. Top with streusel/chopped blackberry mixture, forming an even layer. Scrape remaining batter on top, spreading carefully to cover center streusel layer. 
  12. Top with remaining streusel and place remaining whole blackberries evenly over top, pressing gently to help adhere.
  13. Bake for about 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a bamboo skewer inserted in the center shows a few moist crumbs when removed. 
  14. Cool pan on wire rack for 15 minutes, then unmold directly onto rack, right side up, to cool completely. 
  15. Wrap in aluminum foil to store at room temperature for up to 4 days.
Makes 1 9x5” loaf.
Recipe adapted from a recipe by Dede Wilson


  1. Backberries.. I wish I knew where to get fresh ones..Somehow I like them fresh better

  2. Beautiful bread! I love the blackberries in them. I'll save this recipe when the the black raspberries we have are on the bushes in the summer. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Yum! I love blackberries and streusel - can't go wrong with this recipe.

  4. I haven't had blackberries in months and they would be so good right now! This bread looks delicious with just the right hint of summer! Thanks for sharing.

  5. I'm totally with you on pecans over walnuts. And I'm drooling over the blackberry layer running through this bread!

  6. Wow this looks amazing! I love how you used blackberries and pecans together. That combo sounds amazing!

  7. Blackberries and pecans just send me over the edge!!!! I just love struesel topping, you couldn't have made this glorious bread any better!! Now please send some over so I can enjoy it with my coffee!

  8. I love me some quick breads :) Perfect for a weekend morning! The flavors in this bread sound absolutely delicious!

  9. Streusel makes everything better...looks like a fabulous combination of flavors!

  10. OMG I love love love quick breads! The blackberry streusel looks amazing!

  11. lil @ sweetsbysillianahJanuary 14, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    mmm...anything with streusel is a winner in my book! i've been seeing some pretty blackberries at my local trader joe's, i may just have to pick some up and try this!

  12. I SO wish we had blackberries right now! You're lucky! And this looks so tasty!

  13. What a pretty bread! I love blackberries and will have to try this!

  14. This couldn't be more perfect! My local grocery store is having a blackberry sale...77 cents a carton! I can't wait to try this tempting streusel bread. Thank you for sharing such a great recipe. I hope your weekend overflows with good food, good friends, and love!

  15. Wow, this bread is beautiful! I've never baked with blackberries, but I'll definitely have to do that instead of always using blueberries. Great recipe!

  16. This quick bread will make it into my repertoire fast! Our local Costco has been carrying the blackberries too. And the streusel element will score me points with my German MIL... Mahalo!

  17. That has to be one delicious piece of bread/cake ... all those flavors combined - YUMMY!

  18. OOhhh, Felice! I LOVE the layer in the middle! And anything with streusel is for me. I usually add a little extra as it's my favorite part. Those Costco berries are just the best, aren't they? Have never actually baked with black berries though... why didn't I think of that?? Love this one!!!

  19. Yeah, I still have some blackberries in the fridge that need using up. Love anything with streusel on top. Have a great weekend.

  20. I love blackberries, and pairing it with streusel makes it a home run for me! This sounds absolutely delicious:)

  21. Looks soo good...I will take 2 please!! =)

  22. Congrats on Top 9! That streusel is just yummy...incredible!

  23. I'm so clumsy when it comes to quick breads and yours looks so mouthwatering. Love the toasted pecan addition and the blackberry raw in the middle just calls my name.
    Thanks for sharing Felice.

    Congrats on Top 9

    have a wonderful weekend,

  24. It won't let me vote again, but congratulations on your Top 9!

  25. This bread looks absolutely amazing. Blackberries + streusel = pure deliciousness. Thanks for the recipe!!

  26. congrats on the top 9 delicious presentation

  27. Looks amazing, tasty and more!!! Congrats on top 9!!!

  28. Totally drooling over this delicious bread. Perfect for a ladies brunch.

  29. yummo... i think I would really like a slice of this with the tea i'm drinking now :)

  30. I love baking with blackberries! This truly looks fabulous! Good for you and the top nine!


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