Blueberry Crisp vs. Cascade (Plus a GIVEAWAY!)


Yesterday I promised you blueberry crisp and today I give you blueberry crisp!

One of my favorite things about summer is the reappearance of fresh, seasonal fruit. We have such a short growing season up here that I go crazy every summer with the fruit. And one of my FAVORITE things to do with fruit is make a crisp.

It isn’t quite blueberry season up here so I sadly had to settle for store bought, but when you add sugar and butter to fruit it really doesn’t matter where you get it. It will be good.

So when Cascade dared my to make a blueberry cobbler (I am a crisp fan so I fudged a bit) and test out their Cascade Complete All-in-1 ActionPacs against some caked on blueberries I had to agree. I mean I have to cook and eat blueberry crisp for my blog? It isn’t all glamorous, this blogging life. Sometimes it is VERY hard work.

But first, the crisp. I adapted a recipe from The Neelys because my hubby is allergic to nuts. And I didn’t think it would be fair to put nuts in it an eat it all myself. Cause that has NEVER happened before when I was making a dessert. Ahem.

blueberry crisp

Blueberry Crisp

adapted from The Food Network

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup quick-cooking oats

1/3 cup packed light brown sugar

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 stick room temperature unsalted butter, cubed

6 cups blueberries

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1/4 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine flour, oats, brown and white sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl. Add butter and mix until crumbly. Toss blueberries, cornstarch, and sugar together in a 2-quart baking dish. Top blueberries evenly with the crumb mixture. Bake for 40 minutes.

Serve with homemade whipped cream or ice cream.

Now the challenge. I leave the baking pan out for 24 hours to let everything cake itself on nicely. Then I put it in the dishwasher without a single rinse. And then I begin to twitch.

Seriously, we always rinse our dishes pretty thoroughly before putting them in the dishwasher. I realize you aren’t supposed to do that but I can’t handle not. So this was hard for me to do. But I did it.

So here is the before.

cascade before

And here is the after.

cascade after

And here is my disclaimer.

I swear by Cascade. It is one of the only detergents I use because in my opinion it is one of the only ones that works. So I knew it would pass this test with flying colors and got a little cocky. As you can see in the before picture I left some literal chunks of food on the dish. And then despite how I would normally load my dishwasher (if you remember I am a bit fanatical about it) I put it on the top shelf to make room for some pans on the bottom. So is there residue? Yes. But would I still trust Cascade to get my dishes clean? Absolutely.

Would you like to take the challenge? I have 5 trial packs of Cascade Complete All-In-1 Action up for grabs. To win one simply tell me your favorite summer time dessert. Easy peasy!

Contest is open to US only and will end Thursday, June 9th. Good luck!

Disclosure: I was provided with a sample and a Wal-Mart gift card for by P&G and MyBlogSpark for my participation in this campaign. As always, all opinions are mine. This post will be linked up to Friday Favorites at Simply Sweet Home’s, Sweet Tooth Friday at Alli-n-Son, Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum, Friday Potluck at EKat’s Kitchen and Finer Things Friday at Amy’s Finer Things.


  1. That’s a pretty good result for not rinsing AND for leaving it out for 24 hours! I’d love to try it out!

  2. Oh my word! That looks yummy! I’ll have to make that recipe very soon.

    My favorite summer dessert is rhubarb crisp! All warm with the french vanilla ice cream melting all over the place. Yum!

    By the way, I scrub my dishes before I put them in the dishwasher. I’m not a gambler.
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  3. Kristen says:

    Key Lime Pie and Homemade Strawberry Shortcake (w/ homemade whipped cream) are tied for my favorite summer time desserts.

  4. We make a fresh peach cake that is pretty darn awesome: http://www.vanderbiltwife.com/2009/06/family-recipe-fridays-peach-cake.html

    I also love blueberry anything, especially when it is mixed with lemon.
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  5. nicolerenae says:

    I also swear by Cascade and would love to try those! My favorite summer dessert is raspberry pie, and of course ice cream!

  6. Sarah L says:

    My favorite summertime dessert is homemade ice cream or anything at the nearby Strawberry Fest.

  7. Christie says:

    Aunt Helen’s peach pie!!!

  8. Jana S says:

    I love key lime pie in the summer–so cool and refreshing!

  9. Oh yum! Blueberry crisp is just perfect for summer.

    Thanks for linking up with Sweet Tooth Friday.
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  10. Strawberry shortcake or vanilla ice cream with rhubarb sauce

  11. Jessica says:

    Ok you just saved me from hours of searching the internet for and easy but yummmy recipe to make for my son’s teacher. I am not a big fan of cooked blue berries but I remember her mentioning that she loves blue berry pie :-). Thanks!

    My favorite summer treat is homemade ice cream! The flavors are so rich and natural…and you know exactly what is going in there. Fresg fruit sorbet is also on the top of my list!!


    PS. I am a pre-wash rinser too.

  12. Favorite dessert in summer? That’s easy: strawberry shortcake with whipped cream :)
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  13. apple pie!

  14. My favorite summertime dessert is ANYTHING that involves the combination of strawberries and rhubarb…I hope my MIL has some rhubarb left when we take the kids over there tonight!
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  15. Lori S says:

    I would make a cherry pie.


  16. YUmmy! I love blueberries!! Favorite summer dessert? Only one? My hubby’s is strawberry rhubarb pie, which I also love, but I might have to say mine is a rhubarb pudding like thingy. Isn’t that a great description? lol.

  17. Jessica T. says:

    One of my favorite summer time desserts is homemade ice cream! If I want to sweeten it even more, I’ll put it on top of a warm brownie!