Blackberries in Vanilla Custard

We have a fantastic “no-spray” berry farm and orchard not far from our home. Maddie and I picked lots of blackberries this past week; after much debate on my part about how to use them, I baked this luscious custard.

I think desserts like this are my favorite way to enjoy summer berries. Sure I like crisps, cobblers, pies and all those other yummy ways you can enjoy fruit, but custards like this are so simple to throw together, and they’re so deeply satisfying. If you make it with cream and eggs of the best quality (I use organic, raw cream and eggs from my backyard hens), this can be thought of as a nourishing dessert. It’s similar to a clafoutis or flougnarde, but there’s no flour (so it’s naturally gluten-free).

I roasted the blackberries first so that they’d be nice and soft, and so they’d give off some of their liquid and the custard would be firmer. The amount of sugar you should use really depends on how sweet your berries are: I found the 1/4 cup amount to be perfect, but if your berries are very tart, I’d use 1/2 cup. You can substitute another berry (raspberries? strawberries?) for the blackberries if you like.

This is delicious both warm from the oven or eaten cold out of the fridge (leftovers are nice for breakfast).

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Recipe for Blackberries in Vanilla Custard

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 4 -6 servings


  • *2 cups fresh blackberries
  • *1/2 cup organic heavy cream preferably raw or at least not ultra-pasteurized
  • *2 tablespoons organic sour cream
  • *1.5 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • *1 whole egg
  • *1 egg yolk
  • *1/4-1/2 cup organic sugar or palm sugar
  • *seeds from 1 vanilla bean-optional


  • 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • 2. Place blackberries in baking dish and roast for 15 minutes.
  • 3. While the blackberries are in the oven, whisk the rest of the ingredients together.
  • 4. Remove blackberries from the oven and carefully transfer them to a different baking dish (reserve the blackberry juice for another purpose, if you like). Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees F.
  • 5. Pour the custard mixture over the blackberries and return to the oven.
  • 6. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the custard is just barely set (a little jiggle in the center is ok because it will continue to cool a bit when it's out of the oven). Allow to cool slightly and serve warm.

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20 thoughts on “Blackberries in Vanilla Custard”

  1. Oh, this sounds (and looks!) absolutely lovely… Wishing I still had some blackberries left over from when I went picking. I used all of mine for jam. Might have to pick some more!

  2. we have a no-spray farm close by but our favorite berry is blueberry. Some how I don;t understand why I’m the only one that eats blackberries. Oh well, more for me!
    Your vanilla custard looks great, Winnie

  3. This custard looks wonderful. I would have never thought to roast the blackberries first. Honestly, I have never thought to roast any fresh fruit before adding to anything. I’m now wondering what roasted apples would do for a pie?!

  4. It is a lovely dessert Winnie…right now wishing I could have a fruit dessert for every meal knowing our days our numbered. Luscious fruit in custard…what could possibly be better?

  5. Wow that last picture really has me drooling. Gorgeous pics and a great recipe :) I am hosting a recipe party at my blog if you might be interested in submitting. I’d love to have you join in the fun :)

  6. What a beautiful custard, Winnie! Thanks for the tip about roasting the berries first – never thought of that.

  7. I love custards and my son decided this summer he loves blackberries. Maybe I didn’t buy themm in the past as much or maybe I just had them before anone can bat an eyelash. I make something similar with figs. This is beautiful!!

  8. I love custard, just about my favorite dessert and I need a gluten-free one for my first San Diego food bloggers’ get-together later this month. Thanks!

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