buckwheat rules

My friend Heather is not eating wheat…. thank god it’s her and not me, I wouldn’t survive 2 seconds without my daily dose of toast, quiet in the peanut gallery, toast will not kill you!

So when I wanted to utilize the blackberries which are now ripening around the wee house and delve into my frozen stash of local picked blueberries and raspberries to whip up a fabulous crisp,  I had to scratch around in the cupboards  for alternative floury type substance to substitute with.  The result was delicious, so much so that I don’t think I would go back to the flour version even if i wasn’t saddled with a wheat free guest.


Berry Crisp (adapted from Martha Stewart)

6 cups (3 pints) blueberries

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon coarse salt


1/2 c buckwheat flour

1/4 c almond meal

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/3 c chopped nuts (I used pecans and walnuts mixed)

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

3 ounces (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened

1/3 cup sugar

Heat oven 375F combine all ingredients for filling, put in 8 x 8 square baking dish.


Stir the flours, oats, baking powder, and salt together. Cream butter and sugar in a mixer until pale and fluffy. Stir dry ingredients into butter.  Add nuts, using your hands, squeeze topping pieces together into clumps.


Sprinkle evenly over filling. Bake 50-60 mins until center is bubbling. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool for 30 minutes before serving.




  1. Posted September 18, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    That looks really great. Just a note on the wheat free option. If you are making this for an actual celiac you should check to see if they eat oats. Most do not as they are almost always grown alongside wheat which is enough to contaminate them with the the glutens.

  2. Posted September 18, 2009 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    As a person with celiac disease I can attest that Andrea’s comment is true. If you’re really getting into cooking for someone with this unfortunate condition, it’s possible to buy certified gluten-free oats, which are grown with no wheat in the neighborhood.
    Also – this looks fantastic! I must say it always thoroughly warms my heart when a friend bakes something I can eat. I’m sure Heather must be thrilled!

  3. thecatskillkiwi
    Posted September 18, 2009 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Hi Andrea and Green Key, fortunately for my friend Heather, it is her CHOICE to stop eating wheat, its not for any medical reasons, but its good to know about the oats.

  4. Posted September 18, 2009 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Oh man! That looks so gooooood!

  5. Posted September 18, 2009 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    man i wish you were my flatmate.

  6. Jill
    Posted September 18, 2009 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    Yummy! I make a similar ‘crumble’ with rhubarb & pear, but berries are better

  7. Jesika
    Posted September 18, 2009 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    I have also stopped the wheat and found that coconut macaroons are amazing with buckwheat flour!
    ps I’m very envious of your berry wealth – the tropics suck!

  8. Posted September 19, 2009 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    I just found your blog recently and have been subscribing through iGoogle. It is so cheery and refreshing! I love the photos of food being prepared and shots of interesing items in your environment. Thanks for the short little escapes to your world : D

    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted September 19, 2009 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

      hey thanks for your kind comments about my blog….please come on back again!

  9. Posted September 19, 2009 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    Yum i love a good bramble crumble or any berries for that matter. I really enjoy your blog, im so green about your veg growing! If mine do half aswell as yours next summer ill be a happy girl.

    You’v been tagged. Feel free to passs it on.

  10. Posted September 20, 2009 at 5:25 pm | Permalink


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