Pockets of spicy crystallized ginger and sweet almonds are a surprising addition to this biscuit topping.
7 cups fresh blackberries
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup (about 1 1/8 oz.) all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons salted butter, diced
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 3/4 cups (about 7 1/2 oz.) all-purpose flour
1/4 cup turbinado sugar, divided
1/2 cup (4 oz.) cold salted butter, diced
2/3 cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted
3 tablespoons minced crystallized ginger
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Vanilla ice cream
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 400°F. Stir together the blackberries, sugar, almond extract, salt, flour, and butter in a large bowl. Place 6 lightly greased 8-ounce ramekins in an aluminum foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Divide berry mixture among ramekins. Bake in preheated oven until mixture just begins to bubble, 12 to 14 minutes.
Prepare the Almond-Ginger Biscuits: Whisk together baking powder, salt, flour, and 3 tablespoons of the turbinado sugar in a large bowl. Cut 1/2 cup butter into flour mixture using a pastry blender until mixture resembles small peas. Add almonds and crystallized ginger, and toss to combine. Add buttermilk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead 3 to 4 times. Pat into a 3/4-inch-thick rectangle (about 7 by 5 inches). Cut into 6 pieces, about 3 by 2 1/2 inches.
Remove ramekins from oven, and carefully place 1 dough piece over hot filling in each ramekin. Brush dough with egg, and sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar. Return to oven, and bake until fruit is bubbly and biscuits are golden, 22 to 25 minutes. Let stand 20 minutes. Top with vanilla ice cream.