Blueberry Pecan Crunch

Blueberry Pecan Crunch

North Carolina Department of Agricultural
Featured In WTFCF Season 2, Episode 02: Farming's New Research Jewel.
Recipe is courtesy of Jean Anderson for the NCDA&CS featuring NC Blueberries and Pecans.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 9 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking dish
  • pastry blender
  • nonstick cooking spray


Homemade Biscuit Mix (commercial biscuit mix can be used)

  • cups all-purpse flour, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons double-acting baking powder
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons cold unsalted butter

Crumble Mix

  • 1½ (6 cups) quarts fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest, finely grated
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ (1½ sticks) cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped


  • 1 cup heavy cream, whipped into small peaks or a pint of vanilla ice cream.


  • Preheat oven to 350℉. Lightly spritz baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, add 2⅔ cups sifted purpose flour, 2 tablespoons baking powder, 4 teaspoons sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt. Whisk well.
  • Using a pastry blender add 10 tablespoons cold butter. Cut butter into flour mixture until it is the consistency of small lentils. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl toss 1½ quarts of blueberries and 1 teaspoon orange zest. Spread over bottom of baking dish and drizzle with ½ cup orange juice.
  • In a separate bowl, add 2⅔ cups biscuit mix and ¾ cup sugar. Mix well and sprinkle mixture evenly over top of blueberries.
  • Drizzle ¾ cup melted butter evenly and scatter with 1 cup chopped pecans.
  • Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Garnish with 1 cup whipped heavy cream or a pint of vanilla ice cream. Serve at once.


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    Logo: NC Department of Ag - Got to be NCThe N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' divisions have responsibilities in regulatory and service areas covering agronomy; animal health; weights and measures; gas and oil inspection; crop and livestock statistics; USDA commodity distribution; state farm operations; food, drug and cosmetic testing for purity; agricultural marketing and promotion; agricultural marketing grading; international agricultural crop and livestock marketing; operation of the North Carolina State Fair and North Carolina Mountain State Fair; operation of four state farmers markets; research station operations; seed and fertilizer inspection; nursery and plant pest eradication activities; regulation of the structural pest control industry; agricultural environmental issues; soil and water conservation; forest management and protection; state and federal agricultural legislation; and agricultural economic analysis.