Pineapple Blueberry Crumble and the Joys of Small Town Life

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Saturday we were heading through downtown and pulled over and stopped to allow a funeral procession to pass.  The crossing streets had been closed by police officers to allow the procession to pass without having to deal with traffic and as the procession passed, each officer removed his hat as a show of respect.   I had no idea who had died, but we do things like this in the South as a way to show respect for one another.  As we were sitting there waiting, I was struck with one of those moments where I realized how much I love living in a small town.  Each holiday here is met with city-wide celebrations whether it’s the 4th of July parade and fireworks display, the Mardi Gras parade, the Christmas tree lighting, etc.  I personally know the current and two previous mayors and the editor of our hometown newspaper.  It’s pretty Mayberry here – and I love it.  Sure we miss out on some big-city things, but I like the slow pace here.  It’s home for me.

Not long after we had gotten home after Jack was born, my cousins brought us a delicious dinner that was topped off with this AWESOME dessert.  It’s the perfect blend of sweet and salty and has a great crunch.  Honestly, I LOVE it for breakfast.  Be sure to try it warm, it’s super-delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 can (around 20 oz) crushed pineapple with juice
  • 1 can (around 20 oz) blueberry pie filling
  • 1 box butter cake mix
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup butter (1 and 1/2 sticks)

(Note: I’ve noticed that the actual amount contained in the cans of pineapple and blueberry pie filling vary from brand to brand.  But having used varying amounts in testing, any amount close to 20 ounces should work fine.)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 9X13 baking dish with butter or non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Empty can of pineapple in dish and spread to cover bottom.
  3. Top with blueberry pie filling, spread evenly.
  4. Top with dry cake mix.
  5. Sprinkle pecans.
  6. Drizzle with 3/4 cup melted butter.
  7. Bake 35 to 40 minutes.
Pineapple Blueberry Crumble
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 can (approx. 20 oz) crushed pineapple with juice
  • 1 can (approx. 20 oz) blueberry pie filling
  • 1 box butter cake mix
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • ¾ cup butter (1 and ½ sticks)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9X13 baking dish with butter or non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Empty can of pineapple in dish and spread to cover bottom.
  3. Top with blueberry pie filling, spread evenly.
  4. Top with dry cake mix.
  5. Sprinkle pecans over cake mix.
  6. Drizzle with ¾ cup melted butter.
  7. Bake 35 to 40 minutes.


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Comments

  1. This stuff is soooo good !!!!

  2. Carol "Susie" McManus says:

    Hey this is my recipe Denise got it from me The name is BLueberry Crunch IDK who changed it to Pineapple-Blueberry Crumble Ive won 5-1st place awards for it Thank u

  3. Looks sooooo good. Glad tomorrow is grocery shopping day. All I need is the blueberry filling.

  4. The dessert looks delicious. Breakfast time sounds good, that’s the only time my oven gets turned on with the days hitting 102 degrees. Even with the heat, small-town southern life is the way to go. It just soothes your soul.

  5. This sounds delicious! I’m going to have to try it. I bet it would be food at breakfast, kinda’ like coffee cake.

  6. Oh my……of course it’s food at breakfast…..I meant GOOD! I didn’t proofread very well in my first comment.

  7. This is so addictive and such a crowd pleaser at pot-lucks. I enjoy making it because it’s so tasty and easy to make. I miss you saying “y’all” to us.

  8. Sarah McH says:

    I can’t wait to try this!

  9. In my small town in Arkansas, we call this “dump cake” – try it with Cherry pie filling YUM, I haven’t tried Blueberry but definatly will !

  10. This sounds delicious. I so love your description of life in a small town that I want to share it with my readers and Facebook friends. Thanks for the recipe. Can’t wait to try it. – Genell Dellin

  11. Hey Stacey,
    There is another cool recipe for a small town boy.
    I live in a small town called Pelham in Grundy Tn.
    One caution light,4 little stores,a cafe. You and your family need to come buy and try it sometime. The name of our little cafe is called Simply Southern.But anyway me and my girls love this recipe.

    1-pack of Saltine Crackers
    1-Jar of Peanut Butter
    1-Stick of butter
    1-Powder Sugar
    Add some vanilla flavoring
    Spread the peanut butter on the crackers,mix
    the Powder Sugar,vanilla,butter together,
    When it gets thick,put the icing on top of your crackers.
    This is awesome…. Hey Kroger brand crackers are the best..

  12. Sorry forgot to tell you this recipe was a hit….

  13. Hey:) I wandered over here from Southern Plate and had to comment on this recipe because it brings back childhood memories. Up here in NC this is an old recipe called a dump cake (because you dump everything in). My Mema always makes it with cherry pie filling and my boyfriend’s grandmother always made it with the blueberry pie filling. I have to admit, though that pineapple blueberry crumble and blueberry crunch cake sound more appetizing! I can get some looks when I say I’m going to bring a dump cake, lol.

    • Welcome, welcome! I’m so glad you made it over from Christy’s site. Isn’t she a sweetie?? Anyway, I’m so glad you shared your story with me. I love it when my recipes can trigger happy memories for folks. Hope you become a regular in these parts…

  14. Thank you for your post.Really looking forward to read more. Great.

  15. Angela Lewis says:

    A question about the recipe above from the other Angela: Can you give specifics on that? Like would that be a whole box of crackers and box of powdered sugar and such?

    Thanks

  16. Chuck Floyd says:

    Just a thought…how do you think it would work using fresh blueberries?

    • I’m sure it would work, I’m just guessing you’d need to add some additional moisture and maybe a touch more sugar to it since the pie filling isn’t just berries. If you try it, let me know so we can share with others. 🙂

  17. I made this for a get-together and it turned out soooo good! 🙂

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