Hi, I am Vicki and am the owner behind MessMakerBaker.
My husband and I have always had a love of the Smoky Mountains and visiting the Gatlinburg, TN area. While we love to visit the actual town during our travels, our favorite pastime is renting a cabin and relaxing while staring at the incredible views all around. We have so many great memories there, including getting engaged and eventually, years later, visiting with our three children.
Back in 2007 we planned a stay just outside of the Gatlinburg arts and craft area. If ever in this area, I encourage you to grab a map and make a day of it. You won’t be disappointed! It was during this trip that we discovered Alewine Pottery. My first purchase included a set of mugs with their infamous leaf design.
When we returned a few years later with our kids, I picked up several more mugs and bowls. Thanks to the internet and Instagram, I was connected with Aliya Alewine, Robert Alewine’s daughter-in-law. We were able to meet this past winter when my husband and I headed back to Gatlinburg for a quick getaway. She graciously invited us to the shop and showed us around. To say I was excited would be an understatement! The Alewine family is filled with an incredible group of people with amazing artistic talent. I love walking into the pottery shop and seeing the craftsmen work. Picking up each piece, knowing they were handcrafted, and no two are exactly the same.
"May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us-- yes, establish the work of our hands." Psalm 90:17
It’s hard for me to pick favorites because they are all my favorite! But, a few of the pieces I love, are the small baker and small bowls. We use the small bowls weekly for things like fresh fruit, to mix up a blend of quick spices, ice cream, or yogurt topped with fresh granola.
The small baker is the perfect size for a casserole for two, a side dish, breakfast quiche, or a simple fruit crumble.
The below recipe I’m sharing today for Blackberry Crumble is actually enough for 4 dessert size servings. Or maybe only 2 if you really love dessert! I happen to really love dessert!!
3-4 cups fresh blackberries
3-4 Tbs. sugar
¼ cup prepared crumb topping (recipe below)
This recipe will make enough to store in a quart freezer bag and will keep in the freezer for up to 2 months.
With a mixer or pastry blender, combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup packed brown sugar, 1 cup old-fashioned oats, ¾ tsp. cinnamon, ¼ tsp. nutmeg, ¼ tsp. salt, and 10 Tbs. butter cut up: beat or combine until crumbs begin to form. With fingers, make large chunks. Transfer to freezer bag until ready to use.
Preheat oven to 375*. To assemble the crumble, first grease your Alewine Small Baker. Add fresh blackberries (or a blend of your favorite berries) and gently toss with the sugar. Cover with a layer of crumb topping, as thin or thick as you prefer. Bake approximately 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
This recipe can be easily doubled or tripled and baked in the large baking dish or pie plate.