I Have Some Cousins And Lemon Saskatoon Berry Crumble Coffee Cake

lemon_blueberry_coffee_cake_6_mfbI’m on the planning committee for our family reunion that will take place next summer.  It’s a big job.  No, it’s a HUGE job. There’s emails to send out, registration forms to organize, phone calls to make, money to collect, halls to look at, caterers to try, games to organize, a band to book, hotels to reserve, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many little details that need to be decided upon, that there is no way that one person could do it all by themselves.  Believe me, it takes a team to plan a family reunion.  It’s like planning a wedding, but you invite relatives that you would not normally invite. No one gets left behind.

So far, we’ve got family members attending that hail from one coast of Canada to the other, and as far south as Florida. That’s means there’s family coming from all over North America!  We want them to come and experience our wonderful city and enjoy visiting with relatives that they may have never met before. Third, fourth, fifth cousins, once and twice removed!  The list is seemingly endless.

saskatoons_1Some of our relatives have never been saskatoon picking.  Can you imagine such a thing? Shocking, I know! Saskatoon berries are native to western Canada and north-western United States.  They are similar to a blueberry in color and size, but saskatoon berries grow on tall bushes, where blueberries are found very low to the ground.  Saskatoon berries are more tart than blueberries and have a less mushy texture.  Not to dis the blueberry, but saskatoon berries are actually higher in protein, fiber, vitamin C, iron, and postassium than the blueberry.  Saskatoons can be interchanged in any recipe that you would normally use blueberries and they are easier to pick. And I’m all about the easier to pick part!  And secretly, I think they taste better than blueberries.

saskatoons_2It’s a good thing that I have a cousin with a gazillion saskatoon bushes on his farm.  Maybe we can plan it into our family reunion for everyone to go and pick some saskatoons while they’re here.  In the meantime, I’ll bring this delicious lemon saskatoon berry crumble coffee cake to our next reunion committee meeting.  Maybe I’ll convince them that saskatoon picking will be a good idea.


Lemon Saskatoon Berry Crumble Coffee Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 9"x13" pan

If you don’t have saskatoon berries in your area, blueberries are a perfect substitution.


    For The Cake
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 whole large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups saskatoon berries, fresh or frozen - if you don’t have saskatoon berries in your area, blueberries are a perfect substitution
  • For The Crumble Topping
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted


Preheat the oven to 350 F.

In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until combined.

In the bowl of a mixer, cream the butter and granulated sugar. Mix for 3 to 5 minutes on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Mix for an additional minute or two until thoroughly combined. Add whole eggs, one at a time until incorporated, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed. Add half of the flour mixture and mix until combined. Add egg yolks. Mix. Add remaining flour mixture and mix until just combined. Do not over mix.

Lightly grease a 9″x13″ baking dish with butter or cooking spray. Add the cake batter to the pan and use a lightly greased offset spatula to spread the cake batter evenly into the pan. Add the blueberries or saskatoon berries in a single layer on top of the cake batter. Press down slightly.

For the crumble topping, combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and melted butter in a bowl. Mix it together until it is incorporated. Sprinkle crumble topping over the cake batter and berries in an even layer.

Bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


Original Recipe by My Friend's Bakery 2013


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